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Short Documentary 'Pieces of Madrid' on Spanish social crisis

Madrid - In this short documentary, we learn about the ongoing resistance by the Spanish people to the economic and social crisis, the effects of budget cuts and austerity measures and how people are self-organizing to survive.

Thousands march in Spain against austerity

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people marched in dozens of Spanish cities on Thursday against austerity measures enacted by the government, which is under pressure from the EU to reduce its public deficit.

Op-Ed: Will Hungary prove austerity wrong?

Budapest - Enough is enough! As the number of Europeans taking to the streets to protest the economic dictates of Brussels' Eurocrats increases, Hungary is one country that seems to be straightforwardly ignoring the troika's austere policy prescriptions.

Op-Ed: Hungary’s easy money an alternative to German austerity?

Budapest - 2013 has been a good year for Hungary. After officially ending its recession in May, the country surpassed all expectations, achieving an impressive growth rate of 3.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

Around 60 percent of Spanish population is worse off from 2013

Madrid - Spain's center-right newspaper, El Mundo, published the results of a survey on Tuesday, showing that despite Prime Minister Rajoy's assurances that things are better, 60 percent of the Spanish population has less money coming in than they did a year ago.

Op-Ed: Austerity — What Austerity?

Fancy a game of high stakes poker, the holiday of a lifetime, or a nearly new Rolex watch? If you can only dream of such things, others live the dream.

Video: The chilling physical effects of poverty in 30 seconds

The stress of poverty can literally change our appearance. "Manos Unidas" (joined hands), a Catholic organization providing aid to Third World countries, has produced a campaign highlighting just how poverty can etch itself into our faces.

Op-Ed: Student austerity and free laptops

Why is it that American colleges can offer free laptops while in the UK and Europe generally the only thing on offer for students is yet more austerity?

Op-Ed: UK MPs set for 11% pay rise, but more austerity for Brits

London - Members of Parliament in the UK are set for a bumper 11 percent pay rise. Releasing this news in the same week Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement will be a slap in the face for Brits feeling the financial pinch.

Public meeting on zero hours contracts

Zero hours contracts have been in the news a lot recently. Next week there is a public meeting in London to lobby against them.

Op-Ed: Two faces of austerity in London

London - We may be living in an era of austerity, but as most people have long realised, the same rules do not apply across the board.

Ricky Tomlinson and Owen Jones speak at Durham Miners’ Gala

Durham - The actor and activist Ricky Tomlinson joined the Independent journalist Owen Jones in addressing the 123rd Durham Miners’ Gala.

Greek labour unions to hold third general strike

Athens - Greek labour unions will be holding their third general strike this year as government in Athens debates the possibility of thousands of civil-service job cuts.

General strike paralyzes Portugal

Public sector unions have called a one day general strike in Portugal this Thursday to protest against the government's draconian austerity measures and its further plans to reduce pay and lengthen working hours in the public services.

Austerity has been 'painted over' in Belcoo, N Ireland for the G8

Belcoo - Belcoo in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is the host city for officials from the wealthy G8 nations. To hide the fact that the town has been hit badly by the current austerity, shops have been painted over to look like they are thriving businesses.

Spanish scientists protest against spending cuts countrywide

Madrid - Friday saw hundreds of Spanish scientists along with their supporters, marching through the streets of Madrid, as well as 18 other cities including Barcelona and Seville.

Op-Ed: Lawyers and the cuts in the UK

The British Government claims it is seeking to transform Legal Aid. Many lawyers believe this is about saving money at the expense of justice.

Op-Ed: Food Banks, Fuel Tax And Fat Cats

There has been a huge increase in the demand for food banks in the UK, but the privileged few are continuing to dine well while the taxpayer picks up the tab.

Op-Ed: Fighting the cuts, and exploiting them

London - The London Fire Brigade is campaigning against a massive round of closures and redundancies. Others have joined in the fight, but not all have the same pure motives.

Op-Ed: Fighting the cuts in Bromley

Bromley - Bromley is the largest borough in London, and one of the wealthiest, but it's not-so-wealthy, especially the disabled, are being targeted the same as everywhere else.

Op-Ed: Planned austerity for a country that doesn’t need it — Australia

Sydney - Just when austerity is going out of fashion around the world, our brainless leaders are all for it. Australia’s deficit was caused by political ineptitude and policy mistakes. The economists are now talking about “savings”, aka austerity.

Op-Ed: The fight for Lewisham Hospital continues

Lewisham - The fight by grass roots activists to save the accident and emergency department at London's Lewisham Hospital continues. Those backing the campaign include local politicians and hospital staff.

Op-Ed: Cameron, the banksters and the magic money tree

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has come out with a corker - there is no magic money tree. If that is the case, perhaps he could tell us where money comes from?

Op-Ed: Why austerity will cost us more

The British and other governments are remorselessly downsizing their public sectors and spending in the face of massive resistance. Now, even the high and mighty are questioning its wisdom.

Op-Ed: The Quixotic John Boehner

In an era of austerity and budget cuts the dreams of every politician are reduced to the reality of governing for the survivability of their constituency and not for their own self interests.

UK loses top AAA credit rating for first time in 35 years

Britain has lost its cherished AAA credit rating after Moody's, the world's largest global credit rating agency, downgraded the UK to Aa1.

UK Food poverty could become human rights issue warns UN watchdog

In recent years the UK has seen a sharp rise in the numbers of its citizens relying on food banks but a leading United Nations official has warned today that such reliance could become a human rights issue.

Op-Ed: April introduction of UK 'bedroom tax'

As part of the British coalition government's austerity measures, welfare reform has taken centre stage. An introduction of a 'bedroom tax', for those in receipt of housing benefit is scheduled for April.

US: Fears of deep economic recession as fiscal austerity looms

Washington - Liberal analysts are warning that a deep recession could follow implementation of spending cuts and that the experience of Europe points to the significance of government spending in a weak economy.

Op-Ed: The London Helicopter Crash — A wake up call for austerity

London - The big news for the South East today was the crash of a helicopter at Vauxhall, South London. The emergency services were soon on the scene. But will that always be the case?
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Flag hanging from Liberal Party office after activists took over the office.
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Getting ready for the march to the town hall.
Getting ready for the march to the town hall.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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Anti-Dalton McGuinty sign.
Anti-Dalton McGuinty sign.
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Today  Gandhi would be considered a terrorist - seen in Malaga.
Today, Gandhi would be considered a terrorist - seen in Malaga.
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March against Ontario government s measure to cut the Special Diet allowance.
March against Ontario government's measure to cut the Special Diet allowance.
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Málaga and Fuengirola 15m supporters in the plaza in Fuengirola.
Málaga and Fuengirola 15m supporters in the plaza in Fuengirola.
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A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
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Citizens  mobilization against the cuts  the abuse of power  the repression.
Citizens' mobilization against the cuts, the abuse of power, the repression.
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Police officers securing the area after activists were arrested.
Police officers securing the area after activists were arrested.
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Strike by teachers and students in Spain  May 22  2012
Strike by teachers and students in Spain, May 22, 2012
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Scientists marched in Madrid and 18 other cities of Spain on Friday against budget cuts in the scien...
Scientists marched in Madrid and 18 other cities of Spain on Friday against budget cuts in the science field.
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Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
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Ealing Hospital at Southall  one of the targets of the Government s phony austerity plan.
Ealing Hospital at Southall, one of the targets of the Government's phony austerity plan.
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 F*ck you too Fabra  referring to a comment by Andrea Fabra.
"F*ck you too Fabra" referring to a comment by Andrea Fabra.
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A leaflet distributed by campaigners against yet another hospital closure.
A leaflet distributed by campaigners against yet another hospital closure.
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Málaga and Fuengirola 15m members gather on the steps of the town hall in protest.
Málaga and Fuengirola 15m members gather on the steps of the town hall in protest.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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In this file photo taken in August 2011  President Obama huddles with the Galesburg High School foot...
In this file photo taken in August 2011, President Obama huddles with the Galesburg High School football team during the stop on his three-day bus tour in the Midwest
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