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Spain: The National Court sentenced the rapper Paul Hásel to two years imprisonment for “glorifying terrorism”

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Spain: The National Court sentenced the rapper Paul Hásel to two years imprisonment for “glorifying terrorism”

A board presided by Alfonso Guevara considered proven that the lyrics of the musician represent a “justification for the crime of terrorism” During the trial, Hásel argued that what he had done was “making use of his right to freedom of expression and creativity as an artist” [...]

March 10, 2014 Author: Mónica Zas Marcos

Spain: “They want to condemn me to 2 years in prison for writing songs”

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Spain: “They want to condemn me to 2 years in prison for writing songs”

Every day we have to endure all kinds of defenders of fascism and absolutely nothing happens; on the contrary, fascists are even defended by the police when they protest, they have TV channels, newspapers, public finance etc. [...]

February 14, 2014 Author: Pablo Hasel

Greece flirts with tyranny and Europe looks away

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Greece flirts with tyranny and Europe looks away

When those madcap Scandinavian satirists awarded the Nobel peace prize to the European Union, they let everyone in on the joke by praising its commitment to "reconciliation, democracy and human rights". If the committee's 2012 citation were anything other than a spoof, you would have read denunciations of the rise of oppressive state power and [...]

November 4, 2012 Author: Nick Cohen

“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

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“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

I have spent many hours arguing to friends and comrades why I do not believe that we are governed by a “junta”, because these comparisons do more harm than good; because the situation is disappointing but it is not a “junta”. The truth is that lately I am less and less willing to do that. [...]

November 4, 2012 Author: Stratis Mpournazos