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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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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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Latest updates
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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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Protest in Venezuela still far from a democratic regime

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Venezuelan security forces arrested scores of people on Wednesday during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government heat up amid a widening split within the opposition over whether to back possible U.S. sanctions.

The protest and police response comes as month-old negotiations aimed at easing tensions hang in the balance. The opposition on Tuesday froze talks with President Nicolas Maduro’s government, saying the climate for dialogue was impossible after the arrest last week of more than 200 student protesters who had been camping for weeks outside the offices of the United Nations and three plazas in the capital.

Many political observers believe that by halting the talks opposition leaders were caving to pressure from their own radical base, which is fuming over confusing statements by the top U.S. diplomat to Latin America.
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Has anything changed for best yet?

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For over a month now, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets in protest.

These students were standing for basic human freedoms and engaging in the right to protest, which is a sacred right whether in Boston, Belarus, or Venezuela. The government of Venezuela responded with heavy-handed repression. Within two weeks Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of the opposition party, Voluntad Popular, called for nationwide peaceful demonstrations to address the problems facing the country. These problems include chronic food shortages, the highest inflation in the world and ongoing censorship of the media. Even the Oscars were not allowed to be broadcast – for the first time in Venezuelan history.

More than 1,400 students were arrested, there are more than 40 confirmed cases of torture and Leopoldo Lopez still sits in a Venezuelan military prison. He has urged the students to exercise their legal rights to peaceful protest and free speech and he repeatedly emphasized they must do so without violence. President Maduro has blamed Lopez for the violence that has beset the country and ordered his arrest on charges of murder, arson and terrorism. To date, the government has presented no evidence of the charges against him and their legal case is falling apart.

Amnesty International said the charges against Lopez recall “politically motivated attempts to silence dissent.” Human Rights Watch says “the Venezuelan government has openly embraced the classic tactics of an authoritarian regime: jailing its opponents, muzzling the media and intimidating civil society.”


Is Venezuela finally waking up? Here is a review

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One goes to Caracas and picks up so many stories, that when you return you don’t know where to start. But I thought I would lead up with the story of the students in front of the United Nations office in Caracas. In some sense it encompasses a number of stories of what is going on in Caracas in the protest movement an its relationship with the Maduro Government.

Essentially, a bunch of students (or not) have set up camp in front of the United Nations office which is in Avenida Francisco de Miranda in Los Palos Grandes. I may not like the #SOSVenezuela hashtag, but, as you can see in the picture above, they have focused on what the hell is the UN doing, or not, in Venezuela. But their reality, their plan is a bit more complicated than that.

The first day, the students set up maybe a couple of rows of tents. But, as you can see in the picture above, by now they are up to four rows and growing.

It is very colorful as the picture below shows, but this is more than just a spur of the moment plan.

When you first talk to them,there are a number of surprises. First, they are not all from Caracas. Second, they are not middle class. Finally, they are not all students, as many of them are part of radical, left wing groups 8yes!, real left wing not imitation Chavistas!) which oppose the Government. So, for fools that claim that these protests are somehow motivated by the US, driven my middle class students, please come down and talk to them. You will be surprised, really surprised.

The second interesting aspect, is that the UN is just a way of focusing on something. They know that the UN will do not much more than make a statement or two. But they also know, that where they are, they should be safe, they are close to Altamira where they can go protest every night and in a location where the protests can grow, as they have grown in the last week.

But more importantly, they think that Maduro is playing a game of patience. They believe Maduro wants the students to get tired, wear out the opposition with repression and nightly fights, which, much like in 2002 in Plaza Altamira, will lead to the students or the opposition getting tired and giving up.

But they have no plans of giving up.

Their plan is to grow the camp, as long as it is livable. To make their presence a nuisance, but one that gets the approval of the neighbors. But it has to be livable and sustainable. They have received donations, they have a couple of Porta Toilets, they cook for everyone, they organize protests. But more importantly, they rotate. The tents may have someone’s name on it, or State, but the truth is that they alternate. Each person has someone to occupy their place. The idea is to outlast the Government, to out-tire the National Guard or the Bolivarian Police. After all, nobody can say they are violent (even if they go help in Altamira) but if the Government were to decide to move them out, repress them, it would be the Government that would look bad.
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Venezuelan chronicles: a struggling country

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In the early-morning hours of Saturday, March 9, three days before I received the extortion call, two friends — a British man and a Venezuelan woman — were attacked in the street close to my building by a group of six young thugs. The man was able to fend off three of them, but they got away with the woman’s wallet and smartphone, reducing her to tears. Sadly, this has become an all-too-common occurrence in the city.

For now, I have decided that I can no longer live in Venezuela, one of the world’s most dangerous countries. According to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, a nongovernmental organization, there were 24,763 murders last year, or 79 for every 100,000 inhabitants. The situation has deteriorated so much that the government stopped publishing official figures a couple of years ago.

The government has run the economy into the ground despite the fact that the nation sits atop the planet’s largest oil reserves. Inflation is running at 56 percent. The government budget deficit is more than 10 percent of gross domestic product.

Shortages of basic products such as toilet paper, infant formula, diapers and hand soap are rife. People use napkins instead of toilet paper, even though that is prohibitively expensive for most Venezuelans. Otherwise, they go without, and shower regularly.

Last week I spent a morning going to seven stores just to find shampoo. People line up for two or three blocks just to obtain the ingredients to make their beloved arepa, a flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour. In Mercals, communal grocery stores subsidized by the government, food prices are extremely cheap but the lines are such that people have to spend a whole morning queuing to get the produce.

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