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For Catalans, the Question Is Compliance or Defiance to Madrid

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Normal weekend routines like shopping, soccer and strolling prevailed in Catalonia even as the first test of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to take over the breakaway region approached, with Catalans weighing compliance versus defiance. When schools and government offices open Monday, teachers and civil servants will decide whether to follow the ousted Catalan leaders’ calls to resist their Spanish masters or acquiesce to the new reality. A smooth transition in the Catalan police force, with the new chief accepting Madrid’s rule, marked an initial success for Rajoy. "The more moderate and pragmatic elements probably realize they’re not going to […]

European on-demand delivery startup Glovo raises 30 million Series B

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Late last month, Spanish media got wind that the Barcelona-based on-demand delivery app Glovo had closed Series B funding, but now the company is making the news official. The startup, which offers a service similar to Postmates in the U.S., has raised a €30 million round led by Rakuten Capital, and Cathay Innovation. Existing investors Seaya Ventures, Entreé Capital, Caixa Capital Risk, and Bonsai Venture Capital also participated. Founded in January 2015 by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud, Glovo offers a ‘shop on your behalf’ app that promises to let you order anything locally on-demand and have it delivered “within […]

An independent Catalonia: practicalities of leaving Spain

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Catalonia has much of the paraphernalia of statehood, but seceding from Spain as Britains Brexit process has shown wont be straightforward The immediate practical consequences of Catalan independence like those of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal would have far-reaching implications for the region, its businesses and its people. As with warnings of City firms fleeing a hard Brexit, industry is already alarmed: half a dozen Spanish companies, including major banks, are Show Hide The Spanish government argues that any referendum on Catalan independence would be illegal because the countrys 1978 constitution makes no provision for […]

Brazil Strips Massive Amazon Reserve Of Protection To Allow Mining

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A huge forest reserve in the Amazon, home to indigenous groups and astounding biodiversity, is to be stripped of its protection and opened up to mining by the Brazilian government. The reserve, created in 1984, is now going to allow exploratory mining of gold and valuable minerals over at least a third of its area. Straddling the northern Brazilian states of Amapá and Pará, the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca) covers roughly 46,000 square kilometers (17,800 square miles) of lush tropical rainforest containing a wealth of wildlife as well as being the home of indigenous peoples. But it […]

Coca-Cola apologizes for indigenous people ad intended as ‘message of unity’

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The ad, in which fair-skinned people bring soda to a local town, is not the first time countrys lax advertising regulations permitted offensive stereotyping Coca-Cola issued a rare apology and was forced to pull an online advert which was deemed by pointing the finger at the ag agency. Earlier this year, McDonalds made a huge cultural faux pas when it decided to disparage a popular traditional breakfast dish in hope of boosting its own sales. A Facebook campaign to promote McBurritos claimed tamales a popular steamed savoury maize dish stuffed with spiced meat or cheese which dates back to pre-Hispanic […]

One Extremely Important Takeaway From Rolling Stones El Chapo Story

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Critics have been quick to pounce on Penn, whose article focused at least as much on himself as it did on the fugitive drug capo. But the piece did contain one important nugget that should prompt Americans to rethink how their government is fighting a four-decade war against drugs. In a pre-recorded video, Guzmán told Rolling Stone repeatedly that he got involved in drug trafficking in the first place because he didn’t have any other options. ASSOCIATED PRESS In this March 4, 2010, file photo, a soldier stands on a poppy field during an eradication supervised by the army on […]

Italy Likely To Pass Law Encouraging Vendors To Donate Unsold Food

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Another European country is joining the battle against food waste. A bill that encourages vendors to donate rather than throw away unsold food and pharmaceutical products arrived in the Italian Parliament’s lower house on Monday. The proposal was met with strong bipartisan support, according to Maria Chiara Gadda, the deputy who presented the bill. The draft law is expected to pass in the Italian Chamber of Deputies this week, after which it will go to the Senate for final approval, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The text concerns pharmaceutical and food products that are consumable but unsold due to […]

We wont accept a coup: groups unite to save beleaguered Dilma Rousseff

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As the Brazilian presidents position weakens, an unlikely popular movement is rallying to her side and many of them do not support her party The song of a bygone struggle against dictatorship echoed through Brazils cities last week as trade unionists, social activists and musicians rallied against what they see as a coup against president Dilma Rousseff. Geraldo Vandrs 1968 melody Pra no dizer que no falei das Flores (So they cant say I didnt sing about the flowers) harks back to an era of flower power and brutal military rule, but it has been revived in a very modern […]

Brazil turns right as old elite wastes no time erasing Workers’ party influence

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In just a week, centre-right government has scaled back social policies as ideological shift already has sparked outrage and fear of going backward It is just a week since bolsa familia poverty relief system. Four thousand government jobs have been cut. The culture ministry has been subsumed into education. For the interim government and its supporters, these austerity measures represent sound fiscal management as they attempt to rein in the governments budget deficit and restore market confidence in Brazil, which has seen its sovereign debt rating who is suspended pending her impeachment trial in the senate. Renato Boschi, a professor […]

Cardinal facing charges: From humble beginnings to Vatican heights

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(CNN)Cardinal George Pell has a long list of achievements in the Catholic Church and in Australian society — feted by popes, prime ministers and the Queen of England. He rose from those humble beginnings in Australia to become one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, equally admired and feared in gilded Vatican halls for his forthright manner. Cardinal George Pell was born on June 8, 1941, in Ballarat, Australia. He was ordained in 1966. Twenty-one years later, he was elected titular bishop of Scala and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and received Episcopal ordination in May 1987. Pope John […]
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