Daily Archives: September 30, 2017

Spain | Catalan independence: democratic background

A threat of civil conflict and war has arisen last weeks in Catalonia after central government decision to derail the vote for independence of Spain region. Many groups and parties are looking at referendum and discuss its legitimacy and probable impacts.

Here is a statement of the group belong to the heirs of the Forth International. It is intersting by the stress on various democratic aspects of the Catalan struggle for independence.

IMF Ukraine programme’s impact on women’s rights criticised at Human Rights Council

In May the Geneva-based Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council addressing the impacts of IMF macro-economic reform programmes on women’s rights in Ukraine. The statement outlined various ways in which the recent IMF-demanded Ukrainian economic reforms (see Observer Spring 2015 and Winter 2016), have “violated women’s economic and social rights and contributed to the feminisation of poverty and deepening of gender inequalities”. WILPF pin-pointed three specific IMF policy conditions, fuel subsidy cuts, cuts to the public sector and tax policies, as having significant gendered impacts.

Kurdish Democratic Party media silent on Erdoğan’s insults against Barzani

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Police Academy, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed Barzani in degrading manner. “Just sit back. You’ve got money, oil, so stay where you are! (He says that) it would be an independent state (!). This adventure will end in disappointment” he said.