Mass Protest in Spain: No Vote for Traditional Parties! By junge Welt

16 May 2011 — MRZine

Madrid.  Tens of thousands of people, especially youth, demonstrated again on Tuesday evening in the Spanish capital of Madrid, against the political and economic system of the country, which they called corrupt.  The participants in the rally at the central Puerta del Sol square shouted slogans such as “Less Policing, More Education” and “They Call It Democracy, But It Isn’t.” With this demonstration, held just a few days before the municipal elections on Sunday, the participants responded to the brutal eviction of a vigil from the central square at the beginning of this week.  Already on Sunday, thousands had demonstrated in some 50 cities across the country against the Spanish political system, calling on the electorate not to give their votes to any of the traditional parties.  The protest is directed against the massive cuts in social services made by the Spanish government and against the huge mass unemployment which affects nearly one-half of young people.

Puerta del Sol, 17.05.11

The original article “Massenprotest in Spanien: Keine Stimme den traditionellen Parteien!” was published by junge Welt on 19 May 2011.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.  Cf. <>.


Spanish state: indignation in revolt

21 May 2011 — Socialist Resistance

Finally the spirit of revolt has come back to the Spanish state, after to years of weak resistance against the crisis and the decision of the two main unions, CCOO and UGT, to sign a social deal last January which stopped the dynamics of mobilisation they had begun with the general strike of 29 September – meaning that was in the end simply a one day deviation from their usual partnership unionism.

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Spain Newslinks 19-22 May 2011

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22 May 2011

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 May, 2011: Demonstrations in the Arab World: Reason for Introspection

21 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Two young men wounded; dozens suffer gas inhalation in Bil’in weekly demonstration
IMEMC – Saturday May 21, 2011 – 09:42, On Friday, in the weekly march in Bil’in organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall with the participation of Sa’di Tameezi, the Palestinian ambassador to Vietnam, two young men were injured, and dozens of people suffered from the effects of tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

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Bageant’s Frustration: Extreme Isolation By Morris Berman

21 May 2011 — Joe Bageant Morris Berman

RAINBOW PIE COVER.jpgGiven how much we had in common, it’s perhaps a bit odd that Joe Bageant (1946-2011) and I never met (although I think we did correspond at one point). He even wound up living in Mexico a good part of the time. But the real connection between us is the congruence of perception regarding the United States. Joe came from unlikely roots to have formulated the political viewpoint that he did: working-class, right-wing, anti-intellectual, flag-waving, small-town Virginia. A “leftneck,” someone dubbed him; it’s not a bad description.

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