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Chile: The Humanist Party returns to congress after 25 years in the wilderness

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 03:13

This week I have been closely following the experiences of Tomás Hirsch, the Humanist Party candidate for Congress Deputy in the 11th district of Chile because his wife and my good friend, Juanita Vergara, invited me back in May to come down to Santiago for the elections, already sensing six months ago that the political […]

Tony Robinson

Tomás Hirsch: “We can’t do the changes we want alone”

Sun, 19/11/2017 - 00:48

A team of Pressenza editors is currently in Santiago, Chile to cover the general election taking place on Sunday 19th November.  We had the chance to interview Tomás Hirsch from the Humanist Party, an integral part of the Broad Front coalition.  He explained how it is possible and necessary to work with others to build […]

Redacción Chile

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 14:56

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Public projects such as the NHS, BBC and social security define us as a nation. Without that cohesion, authoritarianism could flourish.  So what is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of […]

George Monbiot

Impeach! A Letter From Michael Moore

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 14:53

It is time to remove this dangerous man from office. I have just signed the “Need To Impeach” petition initiated by Tom Steyer of California. Over two million other Americans have also signed it. And that number keeps growing every hour. We — all of us — must not wait a minute longer to act. Trump has […]

Pressenza New York

Time for Truth and Reconciliation for the US and Russia

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:37

By Alice Slater NATO’s recent provocative decision to build up its military forces across Europe by sending four new multinational battalions to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, comes at a time of great turmoil and intense questioning of global security with new forces for both good and evil straining to make their mark on the […]

Alice Slater

Democrats Claim Electoral Victories One Year After Trump’s Election

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:37

Democrats made big gains in elections across the U.S. Tuesday, as voters turned against the Republican Party one year after Donald Trump was elected president. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Kim Guadagno in the race to replace the deeply unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie. In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie […]

Democracy Now!

“Catalonia is a European problem demanding a European solution” – Yanis Varoufakis

Thu, 09/11/2017 - 07:58

At a press conference this morning in Barcelona, DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis presented a proposal for a European response to the Catalan crisis – one which is to be discussed by our movement’s members so that DiEM25 tables a formal pan-European policy proposal on the issue of regions seeking statehood. Here’s Yanis’ full statement: The […]

DiEM25

One Year After Hell Froze Over

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 11:29

Danny Katch, author of the new book When Bad Governments Happen to Good People, looks back at the election that gave us the nightmare that is Donald Trump. ONE YEAR ago on November 8, Donald Trump was elected the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet, leaving many hundreds of millions of people […]

Pressenza New York

DiEM25 prepares to compete in elections

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 06:58

The results are in: With 72.98% turnout, members voted an overwhelming ‘YES!’ to whether DiEM25 should be able to compete in elections. This vote is the result of an immense exercise of consensus building after months of passionate internal debate, hundreds of amendments and proposals from members across the world, two Facebook Live chats, a […]

DiEM25

Catalonia, open letter to Juncker and Tusk: the silence of the EU is unjustifiable

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 15:01

In front of the repressive escalation in Catalonia, 185 politicians, intellectuals, academics and MEPs have signed an open letter to European Commission President Juncker and European Council President Tusk to urge the European Union to intervene for the salvation of fundamental freedoms. Dear President Juncker, dear President Tusk: We are scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members […]

Redazione Italia

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 17:39

It’s less than a month from today since solidarity groups, NGOs and refugees started to scale up their opposition to what continues to be the reception conditions for asylum seekers on Greek islands in the North-East Aegean. Learning from the lessons of last winter, when we witnessed people living in tents under heavy snow and […]

Pressenza Athens

Parallel to COP23: People’s Climate Summit 2017

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 17:27

COP23 in Bonn – that means 22 previous world climate summits which saw much talking but little action. Also for this year’s summit there is not a lot to be expected from the politicians of the industrialized nations still under pressure from lobbying by multinationals, oil barons and greed for profits. The fact that this […]

Pressenza Muenchen

Eurocities Social Affairs Forum: Social Rights for all

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 06:42

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Gothenburg on 25-26 October to discuss the role of cities in promoting a more social Europe and in delivering on a European Pillar of Social Rights. Europe’s major cities are ready to work with the EU institutions and member states to guarantee social rights for all. As the […]

Redazione Italia

Ada Colau: Not in my name

Fri, 27/10/2017 - 19:58

By Ada Colau [1] Talking so much about the train crash on conditional or in the future, it is hard to assimilate that today is the day. A decade of neglect of the Popular Party in Catalonia ends up today with the approval of the Senate of Article 155. Rajoy has presented it among the […]

Redacción Barcelona

Czech Republic shifts to the right

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 11:14

The Czech Republic held parliamentary elections last weekend. Members of our DiEM25 local group (DSC) in České Budějovice recommended a vote for the Greens and Pirates, because these parties have been broadly supportive of DiEM25’s programme and activities in the Czech Republic for a long time (the Pirates signed on to DiEM25’s manifesto soon after […]

DiEM25

The European Parliament is a democratic façade — it needs the right to initiate and pass legislation

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 10:54

We built DiEM25 to crush the authoritarian and anti-democratic dogma of Euro-TINA; that There Is No Alternative to the current version of the EU. Not often does our mission receive support from Brussels, the capital of the ailing EU. But last Thursday, the ENVI and LIBE Committees of the European Parliament reminded us that there […]

DiEM25

Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

Sun, 22/10/2017 - 09:58

By Roberto Savio The Austrian elections show clearly that media have given up on contextualising events. To do that, calls for a warning about Europe’s future, as a vehicle of European values is required. Europe has been weakened by all the recent elections, with the notable exception of France. Common to all, France included, were […]

Human Wrongs Watch

Demonstration for the liberation of Cuixart and Sànchez, dignity in front of totalitarianism

Sun, 22/10/2017 - 09:02

By Enric Feliu, Images by Esperanza Fernándes, Daniel Cruz and Krystyna Schreiber “The streets will always be ours”. This is the slogan that resonated on Paseo de Gracia [Barcelona] this afternoon, from the throats of hundreds of thousands of people who wanted to respond to the government in Madrid, which this morning announced that it will […]

Redacción Barcelona

Federal Judge in Maryland Deals Second Blow to Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 13:38

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked parts of President Trump’s most recent travel ban, dealing a second blow to Trump’s effort to block citizens from eight countries from entering the United States. In Wednesday’s ruling, Maryland District Judge Theodore Chuang said President Trump’s own words convinced the judge that the latest ban is an […]

Democracy Now!

Trump to Tsipras: You’re one of our best clients!

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 11:49

“I want to thank the Prime Minister and the Greek people for serving as gracious hosts to our US naval forces at Souda bay. I also commend Greece for being one of the few NATO countries currently spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.”. This is how, the President of the USA confirmed the […]

Marianella Kloka

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