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Here’s what you should know about Syriza and the Greek election.

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Explainer: why the Greek election is so important ?

This Greek election is the most important in recent memory. It appears Syriza has won win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.

Since 2010 – and as a result of austerity measures – the country has seen its GDP shrink by nearly a quarter, its unemployment reach a third of the labour force and nearly half of its population fall below the poverty line.

With the slogan “hope is coming” Syriza, a party that prior to 2012 polled around 4.5% of the vote, seems to have achieved the impossible: creating a broad coalition that, at least rhetorically, rejects the TINA argument (There Is No Alternative) that previous Greek administrations have accepted. In its place, Syriza advocates a post-austerity vision, both for Greece and Europe, with re-structuring of sovereign debt at its centre.

How significant is this victory for Europe and the rest of the world? Comments range from grave concerns about the impact on the euro and the global economy to jubilant support for the renewal of the European left. For sure, Syriza is at the centre of political attention in Europe.

But, what is Syriza?

The origins of the party are to be found in a series of splits and consolidations involving various left-wing political groupings that, in one form or another, were originally related to the Communist Party of Greece. Syriza in its current form is a strategic coalition comprising a variety of political platforms that include social democrats, radical socialists and communists, environmentalists, anti-globalisation campaigners and human rights advocates.
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About Ebola virus

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As of July 2014, the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa holds the record for being the worst outbreak in the recorded history of the virus. The outbreak – which has affected the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – now has more than a thousand cases, in which more than half of those are confirmed.

Infections of Ebola virus cause a viral hemorrhagic (bleeding) fever officially known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus disease, a deadly disease with a fatality rate of up to 90%.

DEADLY VIRUS. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Though more concentrated in parts of Africa, history shows that cases of infection have popped up in other countries as well, particularly here in the Philippines.

Here are few things that you need to know about Ebola virus and the disease that it causes.

1. Ebola outbreaks commonly occur in Central and West Africa.

Ebola was first detected in 1976 during simultaneous outbreaks that occurred in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus received its name from the Ebola River found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the past 38 years, major outbreaks of the virus happened 6 times in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 3 times in South Sudan, 4 times in Gabon, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo, and once in Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa. The recent 2014 Ebola outbreaks are also in West African countries.

2. Ebola cases have also occurred in countries outside Africa, including the Philippines.

One case of human Ebola virus infection was recorded in the UK in 1976 after a laboratory accident.

In 1989, 1990, and 1996, the virus was detected in primate facilities in the Philippines that exported monkeys all over the globe, leading to 3 cases of viral infection among humans. In the same three years, monkeys exported from said facilities introduced the virus in the USA, causing 4 cases of human infection.
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What are Israel and Palestine? Why are they fighting?

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Israel is the world’s only Jewish state, located just east of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinians, the Arab population that hails from the land Israel now controls, refer to the territory as Palestine, and want to establish a state by that name on all or part of the same land. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is over who gets what land and how it’s controlled.

Though both Jews and Arab Muslims date their claims to the land back a couple thousand years, the current political conflict began in the early 20th century. Jews fleeing persecution in Europe wanted to establish a national homeland in what was then an Arab- and Muslim-majority territory in the British Empire. The Arabs resisted, seeing the land as rightfully theirs. An early United Nations plan to give each group part of the land failed, and Israel and the surrounding Arab nations fought several wars over the territory. Today’s lines largely reflect the outcomes of two of these wars, one waged in 1948 and another in 1967.

The 1967 war is particularly important for today’s conflict, as it left Israel in control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, two territories home to large Palestinian populations:

Today, the West Bank is nominally controlled by the Palestinian Authority and is under Israeli occupation. This comes in the form of “settlers,” Jews who build ever-expanding communities in the West Bank that effectively deny the land to Palestinians, and Israeli troops, who protect the settlers and enforce Israeli security restrictions on Palestinian movement. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamist fundamentalist party, and is under Israeli blockade but not ground troop occupation. The two Palestinian groups may have reconciled on April 23rd, creating one shared Palestinian government for the first time since 2007. The peace negotiations fell apart and, in July, the conflict escalated to a full-on war between Israel and Hamas.
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Pablo Iglesias y la Ley Mordaza

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Se presentó como una alternativa a la vieja política española, pero resultó estar financiado por los petrodólares del caudillo venezolano Hugo Chávez. Se trata de Pablo Iglesias, quien durante años vendió al régimen chavista los servicios de su fundación para poder solventar sus aspiraciones personales, publica Infobae.

Ahora, Iglesias volvió a mostrarse a favor de unos de los pilares de Chávez: el control de los medios de comunicación. Y lo hizo al defender la ley mordaza que impuso Rafael Correa en Ecuador. “Los medios de comunicación, por lo menos una parte, tienen que tener mecanismos de control público”, afirmó Iglesias.
“¿Por qué no va a existir una regulación que garantice la libertad de prensa en el mejor sentido del término, sin condicionantes de empresas privadas o de la voluntad de partidos políticos? La sociedad civil tiene que verse reflejada con independencia y veracidad en los medios de comunicación”, argumenta débilmente el eurodiputado en una entrevista reproducida por el diario español El País. La tesis de Iglesias es la misma que utilizaron los principales gobiernos populistas de América Latina, desde Venezuela a laArgentina, para someter a la prensa libre e independiente
Sin embargo, el joven político aliado de Chávez no especifica cómo sería ese control. “La gestión de la información no puede depender únicamente de hombres de negocios y su voluntad por permitir la libertad de expresión”, añade, sin reconocer que fueron los medios tradicionales quienes lo hicieron conocido para la opinión pública española.

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Que sucedio el 26/05/2014?

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El bipartidismo de PP y PSOE hace aguas y Podemos sorprende con 5 escaños
Hasta ahora el castigo a los grandes se había demostrado fundamentalmente con la abstención. Pero esta vez, además, los españoles lo han hecho apoyando a otras formaciones. Izquierda Unida y UpyD se consolidan como grandes partidos bisagra, mientras que el fenómeno Podemos, con Pablo Iglesias al frente, alarga por la izquierda el arco político. Los nacionalistas también refuerzan su posición.

El Partido Popular ha perdido 10 escaños en el Parlamento europeo, pasa de tener 24 a 16 escaños con el 26,06% de los votos. Es un auténtico ‘batacazo’ electoral, a pesar de que el PP gana las elecciones europeas. Con el 99,77% de los votos escrutados, se confirma que el PSOE, que tenía 23 escaños, logra 14 escaños en el Parlamento europeo. La sorpresa de la noche la da la formación Podemos, que logra entrar en el Parlamento con 5 escaños.

El bipartidismo se ha desplomado en las elecciones europeas y, por primera vez, los dos grandes partidos no han llegado a sumar ni la mitad de los votos emitidos. El Partido Popular ha ganado las elecciones europeas pero cae a 16 escaños desde los 24 que tenía desde 2009, mientras el PSOE ha pasado de 23 a 14. La sorpresa la da la formación Podemos, que ha entrado en la Eurocámara con 5 eurodiputados y ha resultado ser la cuarta fuerza en número de votos.

Con un 99,77% escrutado, entre los dos grandes partidos han sumado un 49,6%, el porcentaje más bajo de unas europeas y muy lejos del 73,4% de las últimas generales. IU ha logrado un 9,99% y pasa de dos a seis escaños, mientras el recién creado Podemos ha obtenido un 7,97% y cinco escaños.

UPyD, con el 6,50%, crece de uno a cuatro eurodiputados. Coalición por Europa (CiU, PNV y CC) pasa de dos a tres escaños con un 5,44% de los votos y ERC, con un 4,02% de votos, obtiene dos, desde 2009 compartía uno con BNG y Aralar. Ciudadanos entra en la Eurocámara con 2 diputados y 3,16% de los votos.


Acerca del nuevo partido politico “democratico” Podemos

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Se mostraron como “la nueva política española”. Se presentaron como “los indignados” que buscaban algo nuevo para su país. Se hicieron visibles por su presunta “transparencia”. Sin embargo, los líderes del partido político Podemos adoptaron todos los vicios que decían aborrecer. Y para peor, los niegan.

Este grupo político -autoproclamado independiente de los poderes hegemónicos- recibió una suma millonaria por parte de los sucesivos gobiernos de Hugo Chávez y Nicolás Maduro para financiar su think tank y presentarse finalmente como “la revelación” de las últimas elecciones parlamentarias europeas.

El monto asciende a 5 millones de dólares, lo suficiente como para instalar a un grupo ante la sociedad y financiar una campaña política basada en una supuesta austeridad.

El vínculo entre el chavismo y el Centro de Estudios Políticos y Sociales (CEPS) -la fundación de Podemos- iniciaron sus relaciones en 2002, cuando aún el ex caudillo bolivariano vivía y controlaba Venezuela a su antojo. Desde ese año, el flujo de dinero fue acrecentándose hasta sumar la cifra total. Los datos fueron comprobados mediante las cuentas depositadas en el registro de fundaciones del Ministerio de Cultura.
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World Cup 2014 is finally HERE!!!

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One pic says it all.


Por que abdico el Rey Juan Carlos I

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El Rey ha declinado sus poderes, la Corona permanece; esa es la virtualidad del sistema monárquico, un factor de estabilidad extraordinario.
La personalidad de Juan Carlos I, su talante y talento naturales, hace de su abdicación un punto y aparte en la Historia de España.

Alcanzado a ver los árboles por encima del bosque acordaríamos que su reinado ha tenido el carácter fundacional propio de los personajes que marcan la vida de sus naciones, gentes dotadas del sentido de la orientación y olfato necesarios para culminar la travesía después de haber fijado el rumbo adecuado para llegar a puerto.

El Rey comenzó a serlo en un Estado autocrático, cuya jefatura acumulaba todos los poderes en una sola mano. Pudo utilizarlos para desmontar aquel tinglado de la democracia orgánica pero su instinto le llevó a hacer el cambio desde ella misma; a recorrer el camino hasta la nueva legalidad desde aquel punto de partida, propósito que muchos consideraban imposible.

El objetivo fue cumplido y España dejó de ser políticamente diferente. Europa, la defensa occidental, alternancia de gobiernos, liberalizaciones, crecimiento y crisis; un país ejemplar para el mundo mientras duró el afán de superar la triste historia africanista de miseria y espadones prestos a salvarla. Una nación que conquistó la paz a golpe de urna, y el sentido histórico de su ser.

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Who Won The European Elections 2014?

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Ukip has swept the European elections, taking 4,351,204 votes, ahead of Labour by around 300,000 votes., roughly the same number of votes that Ed Miliband’s party bested the Conservatives by.

David Cameron was beaten in the third place for the first time in living memory, with his coalition partner the Lib Dems losing all but one of their 10 MEPs, their vote share down by 6.8%.

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The BNP suffered annihilation, losing 5.1% of the vote and losing their MEP, leader Nick Griffin.

With dozens of parties on the ballot paper across the country, all managed to pick up a few thousand votes. In last place was Liberty GB, with a mere 2,494 votes. The tiny party was created by “disgruntled members” of the BNP, according to the Guardian.

THE RESULTS
UK Independence Party 27.5% (+11%) 23 MEPs (+10)
Labour 25.4% (+9.7%) 18 MEPs (+7)
Conservative 23.9% (-3.8%) 18 MEPs (-7)
Green 7.9% (-0.75%) 3 MEPs (+1)
Liberal Democrat 6.9% (-6.8%) 1 MEP (-9)
Plaid Cymru 0.7% (-0.2%) 1 MEP
Scottish National Party 2.4% (-0.3%) 2 MEPs
An Independence From Europe 1.5% (new party)
BNP 1.1% (-5.1%) 0 MEPs (-2)
English Democrats 0.8% (-1.%)
Christian Peoples Alliance 0.3% (-1.3%)
NO2EU 0.2% (-0.8%)
4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) 0.18%
We Demand a Referendum 0.15%
National Health Action Party 0.15%
Animal Welfare Party 0.13%
Britain First 0.13%
Yorkshire First 0.12%
Europeans Party 0.07%
The Peace Party 0.06%
Pirate Party 0.05%
Harmony Party 0.05 %
Communities United Party 0.04%
Socialist Party of Great Britain 0.04%
National Liberal Party 0.04%
Socialist Equality Party 0.03%
Socialist Labour Party 0.03%
The Roman Party 0.02%
YOURvoice 0.02%
Liberty GB 0.02%
The MEPs Elected Across The UK
Eastern Region

1. Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP)
2. Victoria Ford (Con)
3. Richard Howitt (Lab)
4. Stuart Agnew (UKIP)
5. Geoffrey Van Orden (Con)
6. Tim Aker (UKIP)
7. David Bannerman (Con)

East Midlands Region

1. Roger Helmer (UKIP)
2. Emma McClarkin (Con)
3. Glenis Willmott (Lab)
4. Margaret Parker (UKIP)
5. Andrew Lewer (Con)

London Region

1. Claude Moraes (Lab)
2. Syed Kamall (Con)
3. Mary Honeyball (Lab)
4. Gerard Batten (UKIP)
5. Lucy Anderson (Lab)
6. Charles Tannock (Con)
7. Seb Dance (Lab)
8. Jean Lambert (Green)


Guide to the 2014 European and local elections

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There are local council elections in England and Northern Ireland – but the big one this year is the European election on the same day. It is the only time outside of a general election when all 46 million voters can take part. The European Parliament is the only directly elected institution in the European Union. So this is your chance to decide who represents you in Brussels and Strasbourg (Yes, they still shuttle between the two parliament buildings at regular intervals).

How do I know if I can vote?

Most people should have received polling cards through the post. To be eligible to vote, you had to be on the electoral register by 6 May. Anyone over 18 on 22 May who is a British citizen living in the UK, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland living in the UK, or an EU citizen living in the UK can vote if there is a local election where they live. British citizens living overseas can also vote in the European elections provided they have registered as overseas electors. EU citizens living in the UK can only vote in the European Parliament elections if they don’t vote in their home member state.
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