Mariano Rajoy is elected President of Spain: The story of when corruption meets power

image by Partido Popular de Cataluña, via Commons (licence CC 2.0) by Angela Munoz Aroca On Saturday 29th, Mariano Rajoy, president in functions and head of the conservative party, was invested President of Spain. The investiture ends the political gridlock Spain was suffering for the last year but, what should have been a reason to celebrate, has been interpreted by many as the victory of … Continue reading Mariano Rajoy is elected President of Spain: The story of when corruption meets power

The dirty politics of a clean environment

by Angela Muñoz Aroca Environment has become a hot topic to be present in every national politics. Consumers are becoming more environment friendly and want to know that the companies they trust behave responsibly. Not solely the civil society and environmental organisations are exerting pressure, but also governments have understood that growing without responsibility will only be the cause of long term poor living and more … Continue reading The dirty politics of a clean environment

Sexism in 21st Century Western societies

by Angela Muñoz Aroca Crowded celebrations coincide with greater sexual abuses to women, who still nowadays do not enjoy the same rights than men, in practice, when we talk about certain realms of the society in which women did not use to be present, as many reports show. Nevertheless, these are not the solely examples of how sexism and gender violence are still stagnant within the … Continue reading Sexism in 21st Century Western societies

Terrorism and politics: The instrumentalization of violence

image: “Arnaldo Otegi” by Sinn Féin  by Angela Muñoz Aroca The concept of terrorism has evolved throughout the years, getting a whole new amplitude for the Western countries since the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States the 9/11, becoming a transnational disease to be defeated by all countries together. Nevertheless, the traditional meaning of this concept has not disappeared from the historical memory and … Continue reading Terrorism and politics: The instrumentalization of violence

Nationalism, populism and other European diseases

image:  “EU Scrabble” by Jeff Djevdet by Angela Munoz Aroca Within less than two months for the British referendum to take place, an anxious feeling is growing within the European public opinion, having as a result a growing number of articles published regarding this topic. In contrast to the low profile followed by many European institutions, governments, businesses organizations and the media before, we are now bombed … Continue reading Nationalism, populism and other European diseases

Prospects of the peace process in Colombia

image:  “No + Farc” by Camilo Rueda López by Angela Muñoz Aroca The FARC and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, are about to sign an agreement that will put an end to the lengthiest conflict in the Western hemisphere, which has been fueled for more than 50 years, and that has cost the lives of more than 200,000 people and the displacement of millions. The negotiations, … Continue reading Prospects of the peace process in Colombia

Spanish political life under impeachment

by Angela Muñoz Aroca   Two months after the general elections, Spain does not have a Prime Minister or a good perspective to get such a thing, as the negotiations to form coalitions are not being fruitful. After the surprising withdrawal of the Prime Minister in functions, Mariano Rajoy, to undergo a vote to be invested; his socialist counterpart, Pedro Sanchez, has taken the lead … Continue reading Spanish political life under impeachment