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Madrid Health faces the third day of strike, a new war on unemployment figures

Madrid Health faces the third day of strike, a new war on unemployment figures | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
Healing Madrid live today the second round of two-day strike to demand the withdrawal of the Plan of Action Sustainability Assurance Public Health System, which includes the privatization of the management of six public hospitals and 27 health centers, among other measures. Like last week, tracking the numbers of unions and the Ministry of Health are very different, but still further away today, barely one-19.89% 22.04% in Primary and 19, 67% in hospitals, according to Health, and 90% according to unions-SATs, CC OO, Amyts, CSIT-UP, UGT and USAE.

While the data-conveners increases last week spoke of the 85% -, official figures down: they are six points behind on the final day of 24-hour strike, on Tuesday November 27, when counseling encrypted the 25.93% up on a staff, -27.41% in primary and 24.92% in hospitals. Part of the discrepancy is due to the counting of minimum services. This newspaper was sampled on the first day of strike last week, on Monday, according to which 80% of workers could go on strike in the health centers and 50% were in hospitals.

All the public health sector (75,000 employees) is called a strike that has managed, for the first time, to agree to the six unions sector table, so Class (CCOO, UGT, CSIT-UP) as professionals (SATs, nursing; Amyts, doctors, and Usae, nursing assistants). Minimum services equivalent to those of a Sunday or holiday, but as dialysis units, oncology, palliative, emergency or fully functioning transplants. Health stresses that, as time goes, they are meeting the minimum service. The second week of action in the sector began yesterday with the first day of an indefinite strike called by the Association of Specialists Optional Madrid (AFEM), which continues today until Thursday, as last week.

The day is marked by rallies and protests, like a chocolate first thing in the morning at the gates of the hospital on October 12, which involved a hundred workers, who have sung carols with lyrics in defense of health public. In addition, a group of about 300 doctors has read the Hippocratic Oath, which are made when the degree.

In addition, a group of 50 nurses and doctors on strike have used the open days of the Senate to take your claim to the Senate, which was broadcast a program of live RNE who interrupted. The toilets have come at ten o'clock, and, like other visitors, have passed the former plenary hall have been sitting in the seats and, once all situated, have since been removed gowns and black ties posters. Public health or if you can have some of the slogans that have begun to chant, while on the stand was the host of the show, Manolo HH, and Senators Beatriz Jurado (PP), Ander Gil (PSOE) and Narvay Quintero ( CC). The toilets have remained on the floor half hour cradle. Then have chatted with political representatives, who have explained the reasons for the strike, and continued normally visit.

From eight o'clock to nine o'clock at night, he is conducting a campaign to see the protest in primary care centers, which asks AFEM professionals minimums are put in a suitcase and consultation Poster "I'm leaving". Primary care professionals have delivered in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health 7933 signatures collected in health centers, in addition to the 911,786 collected last week in hospital.

SATs Secretary General, José Manuel Freire Efe said they did not expect such a response of workers, who plays as "a reflection of the malaise and discontent" for the steps he has put "on the table" counseling. According Amyts, support "being even stronger than in the strike last week by an outright refusal of the Government of Madrid to negotiate," Efe said his spokesman Pablo Martinez.

According to Amyts, "the government has radicalized and in his recent remarks, both the advisor, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty as regional president, Ignacio Gonzalez expressed his contempt for workers and their refusal to listen, which is creating a climate of tension. " Both leaders are accused of lying to the strikers and reiterating that they will not back down and that the only negotiable is how it will implement the reform. In the same vein, the spokesman of Health of CCOO, Rosa Square, has said that "counseling is showing a stubbornness and injustice that is taking massive response", with the same track last week and even in some centers more in others.

The regional government's plan to set fire Madrid Health is, inter alia, in the total privatization of the management of the six hospitals that have opened in 2008. Currently are mixed management utilities: all activity depends not health companies that charge an annual fee of regional government, while the medical staff puts the Administration. The Community of Madrid has announced that public companies dissolve Infanta Leonor Hospital (Vallecas), Infanta Sofia (San Sebastian de los Reyes), Infanta Cristina (Parla), Hospital del Henares (Coslada), Southeast (Arganda) and the Tagus (Aranjuez), and competition will bring health management, which means that doctors and nurses will be hired by companies.

While private management is no longer a novelty in the region's hospitals Valdemoro, King Juan Carlos of Mostoles and Torrejón de Ardoz are administrative concessions-the plan's Ignacio Gonzalez also introduces for the first time in primary care. According to their plans, 27 of the 270 health centers "outsource" his administration will bring competition to award it to professional societies or grouped in companies. The object of the action is, according to the Community, the savings. The privately run, they argue, is more efficient.
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Austerity killing people, elevating fascists, destroying society - Public Service Europe

Austerity killing people, elevating fascists, destroying society - Public Service Europe | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
Austerity killing people, elevating fascists, destroying society


As state spending is cut and public services are downgraded in order to pay back the financial elite, some protestors are talking about a 'transnational' fightback – says activist Steve Rushton...


Greek doctors now have to refuse patients live-saving operations because of austerity. Similarly, it threatens to kill the British National Health Service and tear society apart. Britain should unite with Europe in resistance – claims activist Steve Rushton. Greek healthcare was universal – anyone, poor or rich, was treated. Spain has universal healthcare, for now, but plans are in place to privatise its hospitals.

Some in Britain may think austerity is about the plight of others: the poor Greeks and Spanish. This misses the point. It is about the poor everyone, with a few super rich exceptions. Austerity is the greatest transference of wealth squeezing the majority to benefit the elites. We need to unite and say 'no'. At stake is not only the NHS in the United Kingdom but access to education, welfare, rights, democracy and all the gains obtained since the creation of the welfare state.

Southern European austerity is based on debts created within and by financial markets. This financial 'crisis' is turned into a human disaster by the attached stipulations, which come with loans from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. British austerity too is about the deficit, which was created by two wars and the bail-out, due to casino banking: short selling, toxic loans and derivatives.

In Greece, it means public spending cuts, tax rises, less worker rights, lower pay and reduced pensions. Gross domestic product there has receded by 25 per cent over the last five years; unemployment is more than a quarter of the population and youth unemployment more than 50 per cent. A humanitarian crisis soon escalates. Homelessness, mental illness and suicide are endemic while shanty towns grow around Athens. In turn, this has turned many in desperation to support the neo-Nazi party.

So far, Greece's bailout is €148.6bn. More than two-thirds of that has gone to paying interest, 'restructuring loans' and recapitalisation of the banks, leaving just over €40bn to assist the government with its deficit. Greece's cuts are deeper than in Britain, so far. The rate of imposition is faster; nevertheless they come from the same rationale.

Cuts already threaten our nation's health in the UK. Cancer survival rates are falling. The Financial Times reports that budgets for frontline service will be slashed 8 per cent over the next three years. Since British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived at Downing Street Britain has 6,000 fewer nurses, which means reductions in patient care. Within the last year, 43 hospital patients starved to death and 111 died from dehydration. The Telegraph reports how one in ten accident and emergency departments have closed, or face closure, among other specialist wards and departments.

'Reforms' allow public hospitals to treat an equal share of private patients, decreasing public access. Hospital privatisation is already here, Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, was the first. It alone has sacked 41 nurses. Four fifths of austerity is still to come in this parliament and the government is alluding that more will be needed into the next. Austerity will last at least until 2018, or is it a tool that can be used indefinitely until everything is privatised? Conservatives may call it a war against public spending – they might stretch it out longer than the Americans did with their war against terror.

Myriad commentators have defined Cameron's plans in worse terms than those of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s for targeting the poor, vulnerable and non-millionaires. Sheffield University professor Danny Dorling, an expert in human geography, published research showing the gap between the haves and have-nots is at its broadest for 70 years. It is therefore worth considering, how they are getting away with it.

'We look after strivers' is one Conservative line, harping back to old Tory ideals of assisting the deserving poor while punishing the undeserving. It insinuates that if you are not getting on – it is your fault. Ian Duncan Smith is trying to excuse the government measures against people of disability, with his emphasis on fraudulent claims. Maybe he hopes people will not sympathise with those thousands that have suffered through the work of Atos – a company that is allegedly wrongly assessing people as fit to work.

Many other marginalised groups are demonised. Activists are called terrorists. Immigrants are defined as a 'drain' on the economy. Government adverts focus on people committing personal tax fraud. Of course this distracts from the real problems. Corporate tax havens, tax avoidance and investment banking. This is what is really costing the country billions of pounds. It is the same people who got us into this mess. They will benefit from the current governments tax breaks for millionaires, the cutting of corporate tax, cutting the health service into chunks and making a killing on it.

These too, are the same people that lobby the government. It can be a small world out there, if you are in the right network. Across Europe this is not a financial crisis that needs austerity; it is a crisis of capitalism, where austerity is worsening the situation. This involves an emergency within politics. Governments and banks claims there is only one solution: to listen to them, 'the experts', and persevere with austerity. Their argument suggests we should not question if they get someone in from Goldman Sachs to takeover institutions whether this is the Bank of England, European Central Bank or even the whole of Italy.

Also, this is a disaster of economics. A two-fold contagion is at work. Economic problems are spreading as economies, consumption and confidence are linked. The second contagion is more sinister. The ideology of austerity is expanding, a one-size-fits-all excuse for leaders to decimate the population while giving the impression that even alternatives have receded. The impact of the austerity disease is worse in Southern Europe.

Like antibodies, a united resistance is stronger there. November 14 saw national strikes in six countries against austerity, with further strikes and demonstrations across Europe. In solidarity and scale, this is unprecedented. London had protests too. While Europe was on strike, there was a rally outside the European Commission in Westminster. From there, we marched to a hall. One protester asked why we were not marching on parliament; an organisers said that the police had did not give permission.

Inside, there were speakers and live videos amid fierce policing across Europe, including police firing rubber bullets. We did not have permission? I remembered thinking the back to speaking with a Greek doctor, his anguish about turning patients away to die. For me, asking for protest permissions sounds like unwarranted politeness. We need to save the NHS. This is not a criticism of the organisers of the rally: they are doing something. This is a call for everyone to go further, for protestors to resist harder, for campaigners against A&E closures to unite, for angry people at home to get out on the streets, to meet in open spaces and for people just sitting at home to get angry.

Also for people to realise: austerity is a Europe-wide disease and needs transnational unity in resistance. In the hall, I listened to impassioned auditory, from leaders of unions and others organisations, asserting fiercely the need for fight. One senior union man was calling for a national strike in solidarity next time. He apologised for how the unions had procrastinated, when the student movement was fighting against these cuts - and for not supporting them or all the activists and movements that have come since.

This is when something clicked. The unions are a sleeping giant tranquilised for so long by Thatcher: they could get people out on a general strike. I have spoken to other activists about this, yet they are cynical. Union leaders are too comfortable, the labour laws too draconian – are frequent responses. Yet these unions were built by martyrs, from Toll Puddle and nationwide. They were formed to fight for the ordinary people, to galvanise and organise. With such massive stakes, not least the future of the NHS, if they do not really start challenging austerity - then what are they for?

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Eurozone jobless rate at new high

Eurozone jobless rate at new high | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
Eurozone joblessness hits a new record high as ECB head Mario Draghi warns the region will only emerge from crisis late next year.


The eurozone's unemployment rate hit a new record high in October, while consumer price rises slowed sharply.

The jobless rate in the recessionary euro area rose to 11.7%. Inflation fell from 2.5% to 2.2% in November.

The data came as European Central Bank president Mario Draghi warned the euro would not emerge from its crisis until the second half of next year.

Government spending cuts would continue to hurt growth in the short-term, Mr Draghi said.

'Two-speed Europe'

The unemployment rate continued its steady rise, reaching 11.7% in October, up from 11.6% the month before and 10.4% a year ago.

A further 173,000 were out of work across the single currency area, bringing the total to 18.7 million.


The respective fortunes of northern and southern Europe diverged further. In Spain, the jobless rate rose to 26.2% from 25.8% the previous month, and in Italy it rose to 11.1% from 10.8%.

In contrast, unemployment in Germany held steady at 5.4% of the labour force, while in Austria it fell from 4.4% to just 4.3%.

"The real problem is that we have a two-speed Europe," economist Alberto Gallo of Royal Bank of Scotland told the BBC. "The biggest increase in unemployment is being driven by Italy and Spain.

"It is the same as you are seeing in financial markets," he explained. "The periphery [Spain and Italy] is the area where the banks are the least capitalised and need the most help, and the loan rates are the highest."

Spending hit

Data earlier this month showed that the eurozone had returned to a shallow recession in the three months to September, shrinking 0.1% during the quarter, following a 0.2% contraction the previous quarter.


The less competitive southern European economies, such as Spain and Italy - where governments have had to push through hefty spending cuts to get their borrowing under control, and crisis-struck banks have been cutting back their lending - have been in recession for over a year.

But the economies of Germany and France have also begun to weaken. Growth in the eurozone's two biggest economies came in at a disappointing 0.2%.

And more recent data suggests that both core eurozone economies have continued to skirt recession during the autumn.

Retail sales in Germany shrank 2.8% in October versus the previous month, down 0.8% from a year earlier, according to data released on Friday. Analysts had expected the country to record unchanged or moderately growing sales.

Meanwhile, separate data showed consumer spending in France shrank 0.2% in October versus the previous month, with spending on cars and other durable goods hardest hit.

Calmer markets

The sharp slowdown in the eurozone's consumer price index, to 2.2% in November, is also symptomatic of the weakness of spending.

However, the inflation data may also open the door to further measures by the ECB to boost the economy, as the index fell much closer to the central bank's 2% target rate.

"We have not yet emerged from the crisis," said Mr Draghi, speaking on pan-European radio. "The recovery of the eurozone will certainly begin in the second half of 2013.

"It's true that the budgetary consolidation entails a short-term contraction of economic activity, but this budgetary consolidation is inevitable."

Despite Mr Draghi's warning, and the generally poor state of the eurozone economy, markets have begun to take a far more sanguine view of the single currency's future.

Continue reading the main storyEurozone unemployment rates
CountryOctober 2012October 2011

Spain

26.2%

22.7%

Greece*

25.4%

18.4%

Portugal

16.3%

13.7%

Ireland

14.7%

15.0%

Eurozone

11.7%

10.4%

Italy

11.1%

8.8%

France

10.7%

9.7%

Netherlands

5.5%

4.8%

Germany

5.4%

5.7%

Austria

4.3%

4.3%

*Greece data for August of each year

Source: Eurostat

Italy's implicit cost of borrowing in the financial markets has fallen to its lowest level in two years, dropping to an implied interest rate of about 4.5% for 10-year debt.

Spain is able to borrow from markets at a 10-year rate of about 5.5% - far below the 7%-8% rate being demanded over the summer.

Mr Draghi conceded that the announcement of the ECB's willingness to buy up potentially unlimited amounts of government debt had boosted market confidence, even though no eurozone government had actually taken up the ECB's offer yet.

Banking union

However, borrowing costs in southern Europe still remain elevated compared with France and especially Germany. Berlin is currently able to borrow for 10 years at 1.37%, close to an all-time low.

"For now, what the ECB has done is to stop the bleeding," said Mr Gallo at RBS. "The central bank needs to close the gap in loan borrowing costs between the periphery and the core."

However, Mr Gallo said in his view the only way to do this was for the eurozone to move ahead with its "banking union" - which includes putting all eurozone banks under a common regulator, and creating a pan-eurozone scheme for guaranteeing bank accounts.

He was echoing the view of Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, who on Friday said that creating a single deposit guarantee system should be Europe's top priority, more important than getting government budgets under control.

Fears over a possible government default or exit from the eurozone have made it much harder for Spanish and Italian banks to borrow, and put them at risk of a sudden exodus of depositors. This in turn has undermined the banks' role in supporting their respective national economies.

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Slovenia clashes over budget cuts

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Protesters clash with riot police in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana during a rally against budget cuts and alleged corruption.


Some demonstrators threw stones and bottles, and tried to push through a police cordon outside the parliament.

The police responded by firing tear gas. A number of protesters were held.

Slovenia is facing one of the worst recessions among the 17 countries in the eurozone - the country's economy has shrunk more than 8% since 2009.

Presidential run-off

On Friday, at least 5,000 anti-government protesters in Ljubljana rallied outside the parliament building. Many chanted "You are finished!" and "Thieves!"

Police officials said a group of protesters then tried to break through the cordon, forcing the police to respond.

At least 10 police officers were injured, spokesman Vinko Stojnsek told the AFP news agency.

The rally took place two days ahead of a presidential run-off between incumbent Danilo Turk and former Prime Minister Borut Pahor.

Many protesters were angry over what they described as harsh austerity measures being implemented by the current centre-right government.

The also accused the government of corruption - a claim denied by the authorities.

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Spain's Iberia workers to strike before Christmas

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Labor unions representing most workers in Spain's Iberia airline say they will stage six days of strikes right before the Christmas holiday period to protest the company's plans to lay off 4,500 workers.


MADRID —

Labor unions representing most workers in Spain's Iberia airline say they will stage six days of strikes right before the Christmas holiday period to protest the company's plans to lay off 4,500 workers.

The stoppages by Iberia's ground staff and cabin crews will be held Dec. 14 and Dec. 17-21.

Francisco Rodriguez, of the General Workers Union, Spain's largest, said Thursday that the strikes were to protest "the unnecessary layoffs of workers."

The pilots' union, Sepla, is not among six unions backing the strike.

International Airlines Group, which groups together British Airways and Iberia, unveiled a plan to cut 23 percent of the Spanish company's staff, saying the carrier was "in a fight for survival."

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#OpEgypt Press Release I http://pastebin.com/g4f3iXzp  ! #Anonymous #Egypt #Tahrir #NoMB

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Attackers hijack the .ro domains of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, others | PCWorld

Attackers hijack the .ro domains of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, others | PCWorld | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
The Romanian domain names of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab and other companies were hijacked on Wednesday and were redirected to a hacked server in the Netherlands.


The Romanian domain names of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab and other companies were hijacked on Wednesday and were redirected to a hacked server in the Netherlands.

The hijacking occurred at the DNS (Domain Name System) level, with attackers modifying the DNS records for google.ro, yahoo.ro, microsoft.ro, hotmail.ro, windows.ro, kaspersky.ro and paypal.ro, according to Costin Raiu, director of the global research and analysis team at security vendor Kaspersky Lab.

This led to the websites displaying an attacker-supplied page instead of their regular content — an attack commonly known as a website defacement. The rogue page displayed in this case attributed the attack to an Algerian hacker using the alias MCA-CRB. The hacker also posted screen shots of the defaced websites on the Zone-H.org website, a Web defacement archive.

The hacker pointed the domains to a server in the Netherlands—server1.joomlapartner.nl—that also appears to have been hacked, said Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at Romanian antivirus vendor Bitdefender.

Botezatu believes that the DNS records were modified as a result of a security breach at the RoTLD domain registry, which manages the authoritative DNS servers for the entire .ro domain space.

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EUROSTAT: 120 million people (24.2%) in EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion; 3.4 Million Greeks

EUROSTAT: 120 million people (24.2%) in EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion; 3.4 Million Greeks | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it

One in four citizens of the European Union were at risk or poverty or social exclusion, according to latest data released by EUROSTAT for the year 2011. What is poverty? Lack of income, inability to pay bills, adequately heating a home… According to this data, at risk of poverty or social exclusion are 3,400,000 people living in Greece. I bet, these people are that the Greek government plans to tax by scrapping the tax-free amount.


Greece

Persons at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers: 21.4%

Persons severely materially deprived: 15.2%

Persons aged 0-59 living in households with very low work intensity: 11.8%

Persons falling under at least one of the three criteria (at risk of poverty or social exclusion):

2008: 28.1%  – 2010: 27.5%  – 2011 31%

That is 3,400,000 people

“At risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU27 -In 2011, 24% of the population were at risk of poverty or social exclusion -Corresponding to around 120 million persons

In 2011, 119.6 million people, or 24.2% of the population, in the EU27 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared with 23.4% in 2010 and 23.5% in 2008. This means that they were at least in one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty 

1) severely materially deprived1 or living in households with very low work intensity.

The reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU is one of the key targets of the Europe 2020 strategy

 2) In 2011, the highest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Bulgaria (49%), Romania and Latvia (both 40%), Lithuania (33%), Greece and Hungary (both 31%), and the lowest in the Czech Republic (15%), the Netherlands and Sweden (both 16%), Luxembourg and Austria (both 17%).

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union and are based on data from the EU-SILC survey

 3) 17% of the population in the EU27 at risk of income poverty…

Looking at each of the three elements contributing to being at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 17% of the population in the EU27 in 2011 were at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers, meaning that their disposable income was below their national at-risk-of-poverty threshold

 The highest at-risk-of-poverty rates were observed in Bulgaria, Romania and Spain (all 22%) and Greece (21%), and the lowest in the Czech Republic (10%), the Netherlands(11%), Austria, Denmark and Slovakia (all 13%).

It is important to note that the at-risk-of-poverty rate is a relative measure of poverty and that the poverty threshold varies greatly between Member States. The threshold varies also over time and in a number of Member States it has fallen in recent years due to the economic crisis.

 …9% severely materially deprived…

In the EU27  9% of the population were severely materially deprived, meaning that they had living conditions constrained by a lack of resources such as not being able to afford to pay their bills, keep their home adequately warm, or take a one week holiday away from home.”(Full Report EUROSTAT)

 ”One week holiday away from home”? It this supposed to be a luxury or the standard among the former developed nations of the EU 27?

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Decenas de miles de personas marchan en Madrid por los derechos de los discapacitados - 20minutos.es

Decenas de miles de personas marchan en Madrid por los derechos de los discapacitados - 20minutos.es | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of people march in Madrid for the rights of disabled



    
According to the organizers, about 50,000 people participated in the march.
    
This is a historic event since it is the first time as a unit concentrates the entire group of people with disabilities.
    
They have made a "distress call" to the rulers to the "threat of ruin" that outlines the achievements of the past 30 years.
    
This Monday is the International and European Day of People with Disabilities.

Some 50,000 people, according to the organizers, took part in the march to protest the "regression" of the rights of persons with disabilities and their families has toured Madrid on Sunday, the eve of International and European Day of People with Disabilities .

Convened by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI), under the slogan 'SOS Disability - Rights, Inclusion and Welfare Salvo',

tens of thousands of people with disabilities, families, volunteers and professionals have focused for "to the disturbing situation facing aggravated by the crisis, policy decisions regression of rights and the weakening of the precarious level of cohesion and social protection".

This historical event has left at 12.00 Goya street corner and Principe de Vergara has run to the Plaza de Colón in a festive and sporting banners claiming "Human Rights Now".

"We are suffering a lot", said Eva, a young and dependent disabled woman has told EFE the economic difficulties faced in accessing medicines required for their disease and to raise the question of abandoning a treatment that can not pay.

Eva, moving wheelchair with the help of her husband, is entitled to 55 hours per month at home help to have waived and you must pay a portion. "My partner got fired because she had a part-time to take care of me," he explained.

"Now we have to fight against the disease, which also do not have to fight against the government," he claimed.

The protesters have come to Madrid from different cities in 300 buses, which have mobilized more than 10,000 people, and has had the participation of 700 volunteers who have aided the blind and those who have moved in wheelchairs.
A "call for help"

In the manifesto, read the end of the march, disabled groups have made a "distress call" to society and the rulers against the "threat of ruin" that outlines the achievements in terms of rights, inclusion and being achieved in the last 30 years.

"When someone is in danger, when someone feels an imminent threat that threatens its integrity and even their very survival, that person throws an SOS, a distress call asking and waiting for help to lift it out of this situation of absolute emergency "have warned.

The "terrifying" economic crisis, "toxic political" decisions and "socially cruel" to-underlined-are baited with the weakest "are destroying the humble yet inclusion and participation levels achieved by people with disabilities and their families so hard in recent decades. "

"We are one step that disability is considered a disaster area," warned to report if in the best economic times, people with disabilities and their families do not get to enjoy the general welfare, in bad times "suffer the consequences most devastating crisis. "

"We never got to participate in the feast, when there is, but we are the first to be removed until the crumbs we" have lamented.
They denounce the violation of laws

Protesters denounced the breach "systematic and structural" laws passed to protect the rights of the disabled, increasing poverty and exclusion and neglect of family supports, "that is as unique and lonely Support network increasingly exhausted and hardly resilience. "

They have also warned that the "weakening, if not disappearance" of the low levels of public social protection and paralyzing made job creation for people with disabilities due to lack of active labor inclusion represent a "real danger of loss jobs filled by people with disabilities. "

More than 60,000 jobs in the 2000 special employment centers there in Spain-have warned, "can disappear tomorrow by the drastic reduction of public support."

"And if all this were not enough, the regional and local governments owe the disability sector, the social initiative organizations nonprofit, more than 300 million euros", have ensured.
More than 50 associations in the march

Furthermore, CERMI indicated that this act calls "avoid collapse" of systems and devices for promotion and protection of persons with disabilities and their families and noted that the strategy 'SOS Disability', which will kick off with this way, it will remain as long endure "more acute this crisis."

"For the first time ever, we went out for politicians to know that we are on the verge of collapse," said President of CERMI, Cayo Luis Perez, who has called for the end of the crisis is also the solution to 10% of people who suffer from disabilities, about 4 million people.

More than fifty organizations seconded this act: FEDACE, Autism Spain, DOWN Spain, COCEMFE, PREDIF, AFEM, Aspace Confederation, FIAPAS, Cocarmi, CNSE, EDF, ERDF, FEAPS FEACEM, DOWN Madrid, Fundación ONCE, FNETH, FEDAGAGE , ACIME, FEAFES, Third Sector Platform, Navarro Council on Disability, FELEM Platform for Social Action NGOs, ONCE, COGAMI, Spanish Federation of fragile X syndrome, Federation of Deaf Galicia, Special Olympics.

ECOM also acceded, AEDIS, the Spanish Paralympic Committee, UNAD, Aecemfo, APEMIB, Democratic Union of Pensioners (UDP), International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Business Unit (EDF) and the Spanish Confederation Seniors Organizations (CEOMA), among others.

CERMI is the meeting platform and advocacy for persons with disabilities, established by major state organizations of persons with disabilities, several sectoral action adherent and a large group of regional platforms, all of which in turn grouped more 6,000 associations and organizations, which together account for 3.8 million disabled people in Spain, 10% of the total population.
UGT labor reform criticism

UGT ensures that labor reform has become more precarious work of persons with disabilities, who have worse working conditions and lower wages, and complains that in 2012 the permanent recruitment of this group has fallen by 22% compared to the year above.

In this regard it should be considered to define the use of the type of contract for training and aprendizajea disabled by setting a limit on the age and setting of payment that prevent social exclusion.

UGT also believes that labor reform should be amended provision concerning dismissals for excused from attendance at work when it comes to disabled employees, and especially those who have signed contracts one special employment relationship by their degree of disease.

For its part, the CCOO union has complained that the Regional Government of Murcia "cut seven million euros in caring for people with disabilities" in 2013, adding to the 20.6% decline in the ministry programs starting of Health, Social Services and Equality for this group.

In a press release, the union sources have explained that the Budget for 2013 include CARM for Persons with Disabilities program an initial budget of 55.1 million euros, 7.5 million less than in 2012, which is 12% less in relative terms.

In this regard, have insisted that in 2013 130,000 euros will be cut from the game to provide services to people with disabilities and 489,318 euros of two items related to economic benefits for family care of the Law Unit.

They have also explained that this is the fact that the line ministry has reduced next year "heading to programs for persons with disabilities of 20.6% and Royal Trust 7%, while the IMSERSO programs have a 25% reduction in access agreements and the reduction continues agreed deadline. "
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AP News : Clashes in Slovenia before presidential vote

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Clashes in Slovenia before presidential vote

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - Clashes broke out Friday night in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana as angry demonstrators tried to push through a police cordon to storm parliament and police used water cannon and tear gas to repel them.

At least 15 people were injured and 30 were arrested in what turned into a street battle between the police and groups of hooded young extremists throwing rocks, bottles and firecrackers at them.

This was the second time this week that anti-government protests in Slovenia turned violent - an extremely rare development in the otherwise calm Alpine nation.

But tensions have been soaring before a presidential runoff vote this weekend. Slovenia has been struggling economically and is in danger of needing an international bailout.

Thousands joined the protests in Ljubljana on Friday against Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his Cabinet, accusing them of corruption and fraud and demanding their resignations.

The gathering started off peacefully. Carrying banners that read "You are finished" and "Thieves," about 8,000 people braved the drizzle and cold to express their discontent with government cost-cutting measures and other reforms designed to avoid an international bailout.

Clashes erupted at the end of the demonstration after smaller groups attacked the police guarding parliament and other state buildings. Similar clashes marred the protest earlier this week in the second-largest city of Maribor.

Slovenia is facing one of the worst recessions of the 17 nations that use the euro currency. Its economy has shrunk more than 8 percent since 2009 and continues to decline, resulting in a sharp drop in exports and living standards and a surge in unemployment, which now stands at about 12 percent.

Sunday's vote pits incumbent President Danilo Turk against former prime minister Borut Pahor.

Many among Slovenia's 2 million people are angry with their leaders' inability to join forces and pull the country out of its economic crisis. They are also upset over austerity measures - spending cuts and tax hikes - which they say target the poor rather than the rich.

According to an opinion poll published Friday in the Delo daily, Pahor will win about 55 percent of the vote, while Turk will garner 24 percent. The poll was conducted among 780 people with a 2.5 percent margin of error.

Pahor told the AP on Friday that the protests "signal a lack of confidence" in government institutions.

"It is important that by not using force we give people hope that all problems can be solved," he said.

The 49-year-old has supported some of the government's reform measures, unlike current president Turk, who has been a fierce critic.


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#1D : EUROPEAN DAY OF ACTION

#1D : EUROPEAN DAY OF ACTION | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it

 1st December: European day of action against precariousness and social insecurity!


This is a call to unemployed and precarious people, workers, retired, students, undocumented migrants, homeless… Let us all demonstrate together on the same day all over Europe against poverty-inducing policies in order to build transnational solidarity and to move forward in the convergence of our various movements.
In the wake of the European general strike on November 14, Agora99, a European conference of social movements meeting in Madrid in November (http://99agora.net/) calls for a European day of action against precariousness on December 1 as well as to the drafting of a new charter of social rights.
What new chart can we imagine and how to defend our rights together? On December 1 let us organize public debates, popular assemblies, cacerolas, marches, direct actions, occupations, etc.

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Portuguese Activist Blog Shut Down by Google for Defamatory Content | TechPresident

Portuguese Activist Blog Shut Down by Google for Defamatory Content | TechPresident | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it

Portuguese Activist Blog Shut Down by Google for Defamatory Content


Over the past few days, the Portuguese blog Precários Inflexíveis (Inflexible Precarious Workers) has reportedly been silenced and then blocked by Google.
The blog was devoted to exposing the working conditions of freelance workers without permanent contracts: Google allegedly shut the blog down because of a complaint made by BF Grupo after the “precários” accused the company of illegal work and tax evasion”.
The takedown happened during the day of a general strike in the country (and in other countries in Southern Europe, such as Spain, Italy and Greece).

According to the NGO European Digital Rights (EDRI), that has spoken with one of the PI group representatives:

[...] Google notified Precarious Inflexible of the possible cancellation of its blog on Google’s Blogger service, due to the complaint made by the BF group. The group considered it had nothing to modify and was surprised to find their blog cancelled on 14 November. "Blogger is a platform that promotes freedom of expression and our policies serve this purpose. Whenever some content is flagged by users, we analyse this blog and proceed in accordance with our policies. We believe this is the best solution to provide a safe online experience for users of all ages and be a platform for creativity and freedom of personal expression that have characterized Blogger and its users," reads the statement sent to Portugal online news website Publico by Rui Carvalho from Google, who also stated the company did not make comments on individual cases. Google’s new terms of service are now covering country-specific takedowns of content on Blogger.

Last week the homepage of the blog displayed the message “This blog is in violation of Blogger's Terms of Service and is open to authors only,” while currently gives a 404 error.

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Teargas hits Tahrir as conflicting reports of injuries nationwide emerge | Egypt Independent

Teargas hits Tahrir as conflicting reports of injuries nationwide emerge | Egypt Independent | Revolution News EU | Scoop.it
Teargas canisters landed in Tahrir Square as fighting raged around the perimeter between police and protesters, according to AFP, as conflicting reports of the number of casualties begin to come in from the Health Ministry.


Teargas canisters landed in Tahrir Square as fighting raged around the perimeter between police and protesters, according to AFP, as conflicting reports of the number of casualties begin to come in from the Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry released a statement Wednesday that 116 people were injured nationwide during protests Tuesday, including 77 in clashes in the Delta city of Mahalla and 25 in Tahrir Square.

However, a source from the ministry reportedly told state-run news agency MENA that 36 protesters were injured in Port Said alone as clashes flared between Brotherhood members and the group’s opponents.

Tuesday’s injuries came as thousands in Tahrir and around the country protested against President Mohamed Morsy’s recent constitutional declaration, issued Thursday, granting himself sweeping powers beyond judicial review and protecting the embattled Constituent Assembly and Shura Council from dissolution.

Earlier reports had put the number of injured in Mahalla as high as 300. Morsy supporters and opponents threw Molotov cocktails and stones at each other, and the Freedom and Justice Party’s media spokesperson in Mahalla, Mamdouh Mounir, claimed that 200 Muslim Brotherhood members were injured there.

Mounir further alleged that anti-Brotherhood protesters had prevented ambulances from reaching injured group members.

In Port Said, Morsy opponents and Brotherhood members pelted each other with stones.  The Health Ministry source also told MENA that some sustained gunshot wounds, while eyewitnesses said that masked gunmen fired live rounds and birdshot at protesters and that three football fans from the Ultras Green Eagles group, supporting the local team Al-Masry, were injured near the Brotherhood’s headquarters.

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