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European Social Forum special issue
This article outlines the origins of the current movement in the Spanish state not just in the economic crisis and austerity measures of the Zapatero government, but the impasse created by the trade union leaders’ decision to back off from confrontation with the government and agree to the cuts after the General Strike last year. It also has some strong words about the relative failure of the radical Left (of which the authors are a part) to have responded as well as it should, yet points hopefully to the way forward. (Note by the authors: This article, among other weaknesses, has been written at a time when events occur at great speed. Changes in the situation could alter the content and meaning of what is said here.)-> read article...
From 1980 to 2004 joining the European Union was quite popular among large sections of the populations in concerned countries. Portuguese, Greek and Spanish citizens regarded their countries’ participation in the European integration both as a guarantee of democratic stability (indeed all three of them were emerging from a period of dictatorship) and as a real opportunity to improve living conditions (there were significant transfers from richer countries in the EU towards the new members from the Mediterranean region during the first years of their adhesion.-> read article...
Six years after its launch as an online magazine at the time of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in January 2005, International Viewpoint has once again shown its value in being able to bring to its readers timely coverage of major world events, from the point of view of those whose voices are not heard in the mass media. Thanks to a strengthened IVP team we have been able to do so more in pace with the rhythm of events. At the same time we have kept up strong coverage of the economic crisis, particularly on the question of is impact and our responses in Europe.-> read article...