Spanish Indignados: alive and ready to run in the elections
The 2008 financial collapse doubtlessly meant a turning point for Spain according to different perspectives. However, the most outstanding one could be the country’s political transformation shifting from its two-party system established since the 1978’s democratic transition with a decision-making process ruled by economic and political elites, to the […]
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Mexico: Is Freedom of Violent Assembly and Association a Human Right?
Recurrent protests in Mexico City over the past three years have been by violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces. Physical injuries, damage to public infrastructure, destruction of businesses, lost sales and the blocking of public/private transportation caused by demonstrations has generated enormous economic costs. According to Mexico City Congressman Héctor […]
Parks and Trees – Collateral Damage in the Make-Over of Downtown Skopje
The green public space has no owner. It belongs to everyone. Until, that is, it no longer is a green public space. In Skopje a heated debate is being waged about who the parks belong to. On one side is the Government which believes that it is the rightful owner, […]
From Green Space to Structural Space: How ‘Park Protestors’ in Banja Luka Changed Their City
“Yugonostalgia.” It’s an expression that suggests many things at once. Generally, it refers to a feeling of longing for “the good old days” felt by citizens of those countries which comprise the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. A recent survey shows that among all the former Yugoslav republics, Bosnia-Herzegovina […]
Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone: Who Benefits – Farmers or Investors?
In launching the “Agenda for Change” in 2008, the Government of Sierra Leone declared “agricultural development and food security to be the foundation of the country’s economic development and poverty reduction” strategy. But is the large-scale acquisition of arable farmland in Sierra Leone by foreign investors part of this […]