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Leopoldo López finalmente libre

El opositor venezolano Leopoldo López ha sido puesto en libertad después de permanecer encerrado en la cárcel de Ramo Verde desde 2014. López seguirá bajo arresto domiciliario según ha confirmado su abogado, Javier Cremades a través de  su cuenta en Twitter.

El presidente Mariano Rajoy, que actualmente asiste al G-20, ha felicitado a Leopoldo López por su liberación con un mensaje en la misma red social.leopoldo1

Lilian Tintori, esposa del opositor, logró entrar el viernes en la cárcel militar de Ramo Verde, a las afueras de Caracas, para visitar al político después de 32 días y de que se filtrara hace dos semanas un vídeo en el que López gritaba que lo estaban torturando. “Después de 32 días sin poder entrar a la cárcel de Ramo Verde, logramos pasar el primer piquete de la GNB para ver a Leopoldo. En este momento me acaban de dar el ingreso a la cárcel militar de Ramo verde para visitar a Leopoldo”, escribió sin más detalles Tintori en su cuenta de Twitter.


Clinton Vs Trump (personal view)

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There are many unusual things about the 2016 election, but here are two that seem particularly telling about the anti-institutionalism of our current political moment.

First, for the first time in modern polling history we go into the general election with two candidates whose unfavorable ratings far exceed their favorable ratings.

Second, one of those candidates (Donald Trump) has never held elected office, and when asked to do standard candidate things (like, say, disclose his tax returns), his surrogates reasonably posit that “people are judging Donald Trump as to whether or not he’s someone that’s going to go to Washington and shake things up. And that’s why he’s doing so well.”

This may or may not be a winning argument, but it does speak to our times. People are so fed up with the status quo that it is at least plausible.

As they say: “time will tell”


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.


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%.

A ballot box containing votes in local elections is emptied at Trinity School in Croydon
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)


As another day in Venezuela goes by

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THICK clouds of teargas hung in the air over the north gate of the Central University (UCV) in Caracas on March 12th. A police helicopter clattered overhead; on campus, plain-clothes gunmen on motorcycles, some bearing the initials of the national guard, harassed student demonstrators.

A month after the government crack-down on protesters began, Venezuela’s crisis is deepening. This was the bloodiest single day since three people were killed in Caracas on March 12th. Eighteen injuries were reported at the UCV, after a previously peaceful student march to demand the resignation of the Venezuelan government ombudsman was halted on the orders of President Nicolás Maduro.
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List of fatalities as protests go in Venezuela

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This list has been compiled using reports from Venezuelan authorities and media. It includes all deaths which have been reportedly connected with the protests, riots, and street barricades. However it does not include several cases which have been included on other lists, due to the possibility that these deaths were not related to the political violence but were in fact the result of other criminal violence. It also differs slightly from the count held by Venezuelan authorities, which does not appear to include the two cases mentioned below of deaths caused by barricades delaying patients in a critical condition from reaching hospital.

It is important to highlight that both this and all other counts are made using the available information and the judgment of the authors. New information produced as investigations proceed may change which cases count as being connected to the political violence, and who the perpetrator of each murder is considered to be. Observers are welcome to send in information to VA.com on cases that may have been missed, or information that suggests that cases which have been excluded from the current list should be included.

The list is as follows:

1,2 & 3: On 12 February, an opposition activist, José Roberto Redman (21), a pro-opposition carpenter, Bassil DaCosta (23), and a Chavista social activist, Juan Montoya (40) were killed during clashes in Caracas.
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About political situation in Venezuela today

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A lot of people argue that these protests are too early. That the barrios are not participating. That the people still support the Government widely and many other such arguments. While there is evidence to counteract each of these claims, I think they try to oversimplify the problem. In the end, the “barrios” are not where the opposition is weak, it is in the very rural states, where the people have a very high dependence on the Government. These are the true Chavista strongholds, where the media is fully dominated by the Government and the opposition gets less than 40% of the vote in any given election. In the barrios of the big cities, the 2013 Presidential elections tended to be closer, with the opposition scoring wins in many.
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