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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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What we must learn from Podemos, and the Lib Dems - Open Democracy

What we must learn from Podemos, and the Lib Dems - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Truly radical change will only come when radical parties accept that they need to give power back to the people - not as a slogan but as a democratic process.
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A new public security law in Spain is taking away people’s right to speak out about the financial crisis

A new public security law in Spain is taking away people’s right to speak out about the financial crisis | real utopias | Scoop.it
Spain’s new security law sparks protests across country.
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Spain: Congress Passes Draconian "Gag Law" | revolution-news.com

Spain: Congress Passes Draconian "Gag Law" | revolution-news.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Draconian "Gag Law" passes Spanish Congress threatening freedom of expression and criminalizing protests.
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Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to freedom of assembly and association, including the right to form trade unions, subject to certain restrictions that are "in accordance with law" and "necessary in a democratic society".

“Article 11 – Freedom of assembly and association

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.

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The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course - The Guardian

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Artur Mas: Following the Catalans’ overwhelming backing for independence, Spain needs to listen and give us an official Scottish-style referendum
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Spain shows that the 'anti-politics' vote is not a monopoly of the right

Spain shows that the 'anti-politics' vote is not a monopoly of the right | real utopias | Scoop.it
Podemos, the recently formed anti-austerity and anti-elite group, with a tiny campaign budget, won more than 1m votes in Spain
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Understanding Podemos (1/3): 15-M & counter-politics - Left Flank

Understanding Podemos (1/3): 15-M & counter-politics - Left Flank | real utopias | Scoop.it
What Podemos’s present success reveals is the breakdown, the crisis or the collapse (choose the term you prefer) of the Spanish party system. Because in reality the Transition regime is sinking like the Titanic and Podemos is merely the iceberg that caused this. So as soon as the cock crowed on 25-M, all the captains aboard began to jump ship: firstly [PSOE leader] Rubalcaba, then the King, later [the Catalan conservative] Durán, … It is a regime crisis because its previous dominant coalition, until now formed by an imperfect three-party set (PSOE, PP and [regional nationalists]), has lost the ability to impose its cultural hegemony.
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The PODEMOS ‘Phenomenon’ and its Manifesto | The Socialist Network

The PODEMOS ‘Phenomenon’ and its Manifesto | The Socialist Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

The rise of Podemos has taken support away from PSOE, the Socialist Party, which has lost 7.5% in the polls. It has also won a significant slice of voters fromIzquierda Unida, the United Left, whose support has fallen three points to around 8%. Fortunately, Podemos has indicated that they are willing to discuss with the United Left in order to create a united front. Such a non-sectarian response can only help to strengthen the Left alternative. This radical alternative is also mirrored in Catalonia where the left wing Catalan nationalist group Ezquerra Republicana (Republican Left) appear to be improving its position in comparison to its more right-wing Catalan party rival in the run up to the independence vote proposed for this November.


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Radical Spanish Leftists Plan to 'Occupy Gibraltar' - Breitbart News

Radical Spanish Leftists Plan to 'Occupy Gibraltar' - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it


A radical anti-capitalist Spanish trade union plans to "occupy" Gibraltar for one day next month to reclaim The Rock for Spain and as a protest against tax havens.

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Spanish state: Eruption of Podemos sparks turmoil left and right - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Spanish state: Eruption of Podemos sparks turmoil left and right - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Podemos has grown out of the indignado movement that in May 2011exploded against austerity and for “real democracy”. This was driven by occupations of town squares and mass citizen assemblies, providing a striking counter-point to the Spanish state’s bureaucratic and frequently corrupt “politics as usual”. ANOVA in Galicia and the Catalan left-nationalist Popular Unity Candidacies (CUP) were forerunners of Podemos as forces organising political representation “from below”.

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Report: Radical Leftist 'Occupy' Party in Spain Received Funding from Hugo ... - Breitbart News

Report: Radical Leftist 'Occupy' Party in Spain Received Funding from Hugo ... - Breitbart News | real utopias | Scoop.it

The radical left-wing party Podemos ("We Can") of Spain, which became the sensation of the European Parliament elections after winning a stunning five seats and 1.2 million votes on its first try, accepted millions of Euros from Hugo Chávez's repressive socialist regime in Venezuela, money on which it never paid requisite taxes.

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How successful was the Spanish Revolution? - Libcom

How successful was the Spanish Revolution? - Libcom | real utopias | Scoop.it
A lot of the industries, products, services and professions that serve no real human needs that are features of a capitalist economy will have no place in a future post-capitalist society that I would want to live in.
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Crisis causes underground economy to flourish in Spain

Crisis causes underground economy to flourish in Spain | real utopias | Scoop.it

The crisis has caused Spain’s black market economy to grow significantly over the past few years, according to a study released Wednesday by the union of the technical staff of the Finance Ministry (Gestha).

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Revolution in War: The CNT's Social Revolution | AC 2nd

Revolution in War: The CNT's Social Revolution | AC 2nd | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Spanish Civil War was one of the most complex and bewildering conflicts of the 20th century. Occurring directly before WWII, it is a conflict often overlooked by non-Spaniards; outside of the country, the war’s importance was quickly overshadowed by the world war, and beyond this, the Great Powers of the day – Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union – pursued a non-interventionary policy, at least on the surface (the latter three nations actively shipped arms and troops to Spain, in defiance of a British-led non-interventionary agreement all had signed).

 
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Participatory Democracy in Figaro, Spain | New Compass

The small town Figaro in Catalonia, Spain, is governed by an assembly of neighbours that does not belong to any political party. For ten years they have been in the Town Hall practicing a participatory democracy with a genuine desire to involve the rest of the people. One of its pillars is a participatory budgeting process where every resident can participate and decide how to spend the municipal budget. 

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Nun promises revolution if movement wins Catalonia - Scotsman

Nun promises revolution if movement wins Catalonia - Scotsman | real utopias | Scoop.it


If we get a majority, we will be calling for a social revolution, because that's what we want.

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Europe's most radical left-wing nun

Europe's most radical left-wing nun | real utopias | Scoop.it

“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by technological innovation, from the internet to shipping containers, thrust the term into the limelight.

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Post-boom Barcelona squatters occupy vanguard of Spain's resistance to banks - Irish Times

Post-boom Barcelona squatters occupy vanguard of Spain's resistance to banks - Irish Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Barcelona’s medieval Raval neighbourhood, renowned for much of the 20th century as the hub of the city’s drug, prostitution and crime underworld, a cloth with an anti-bank slogan painted on it flaps in the breeze on the facade of a renovated building in the recently gentrified Plaça del Pedró.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation