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Choosing the Iberians of 2012

Iberosphere has drawn up its annual list of people of the year in Spain and Portugal. This is how we went about it…

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

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 »

Land and liberty

Manuel Sánchez Gordillo.

A Communist Party mayor in southern Spain is taking a no-nonsense approach to providing rural people with land to work. Let’s hear it for Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo.

August 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | 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 »

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