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Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo

In his southern Spanish town, the bearded, charismatic mayor claims to have established a socialist “utopia”, where cooperation, solidarity and relatively low unemployment buck the trend in one of the regions hardest hit by the recession.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s “Robin Hood” labour union hogs the limelight

Spain’s “Robin Hood” labour union hogs the limelight

The Andalusian SAT workers’ union has been hitting the headlines in Spain and abroad this summer, staging a series of high-profile protest actions. In early August, members of the union carried out “symbolic” raids on two supermarkets, stealing food that they said was destined for local charities. Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, the mayor of the town of Marinaleda, supervised the robberies, which saw several people subsequently arrested. He said the food grabs would draw attention to the depth of Spain’s economic crisis, although the government and many commentators have criticised them for encouraging lawlessness.

August 21st, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Videos | Read More »

Córdoba

La mezquita de Cordoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several reasons. The Mezquita is the obvious one: a massive, labyrinthine mosque that is beautiful despite having a Catholic cathedral dumped on top of it. In addition, central […]

March 1st, 2011 | Posted in Cities | Read More »

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