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Last week, Spain’s political path followed its European neighbours into uncertain territory. The young Socialist Party government of Pedro Sánchez, the shortest-lived government since the fall of Franco, lost coalition support over the continued prosecution of Catalan separatists involved with the “illegal” October 1, 2017 independence referendum.
Elections have been called for April 28th.
Saturday, hundreds of thousands came into the streets of Barcelona to demonstrate against the trials, started just more than a week ago, and show support for the twelve defendants, ten former members of the former Puigdumont government and two grassroots activists, they believe are being prosecuted falsely.
The court didn’t help its credibility, ruling testimony from the former president, currently living in exile, would not be allowed.
Dr. Pablo Ouziel is Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria’s Political Science Department and Centre for Global Studies. He’s a native of Barcelona, and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship project at UVic, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The Exemplary Case of Spain’ couldn’t be more timely.
Pablo Ouziel in the first half.
And; were he alive today, Walt Disney might sing, “It’s a small planet afterall.” The World’s population has more than doubled since old Walt’s death in 1966, and the exponential increase in human numbers is the number one reason cited by proponents of the Green Revolution of that era, and reiterated by transnational agribusiness behemoths today, for the continued expansion of industrial scale agriculture and necessity of increasing the scope of genetically modified food crop organisms across the globe. It’s a no-brainer, right?
Timothy A. Wise is senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute and director of its Land and Food Rights Program. He’s also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute and founded its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program.
Wise is too author of the book, ‘Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico’, and the recently released, ‘Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food‘.
Timothy A. Wise and the politics on your plate in the second half.
And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Pablo Ouziel and Catalans taking to Barcelona’s streets again.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/