Betwixt and between? Greek and Spanish Migrants Having Lived in Scotland since the 1960s

In this article Konrad Lawson, School of History, University of St Andrews and Nikolaos Papadogiannis, School of History and Archaeology of Bangor University, outline their participatory research on Greek and Spanish migration in Scotland. 

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¿Ni una cosa ni otra? Emigrantes griegos y españoles que han vivido en Escocia desde la década de 1960

En esta crónica Konrad Lawson, profesor de la Escuela de Historia de la Universidad de St. Andrews y Nikolaos Papadogiannis, profesor de la Escuela de Historia y Arqueología de la Universidad de Bangor, exponen algunos de los resultados de su investigación participativa en las experiencias migratorias de griegos y españoles en Escocia. 

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May: The Month of Global Demonstrations Against Climate Change

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made 2016 the hottest year since records began. Scientists have warned that the exploitation of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) is primarily responsible for carbon dioxide emissions and we need to reduce the production of these fuels. Ecological movements worldwide have begun to tackle this problem by showing that we can all take action to help the situation. In this primer, we present the background knowledge and explain how you can get involved.  

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Spanish Votes Lost Abroad

After nearly one year without a Government, Spain brought Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) back into power as a minority government on the 29th of October 2016. This avoided a third general election in December (the first one was held on 20th of December 2015). Many Spanish citizens living abroad reiterated how difficult it was to vote in the second general election, held on the 26th June, after applying for their voting ballots. In some cases, ballots either did not arrive at their correct destinations, or they did arrive but missed the due date. These are simply the latest in a long line of complaints directed at the process of voting from abroad, which has caused a dramatic decrease in the participation since 2011. Despite this fact, the Spanish Congress voted against repealing this process with the ones of the Popular Party, the Socialist Party and the Citizens Pary on 20th of October 2016.

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Sócrates Fernández: “Rights have not fallen from heaven, they are the result of years of struggle”

The Spanish miner Socrates Fernández, worker at La Hullera Vasco Leonesa, a company currently in liquidation, visited Edinburgh to talk about the current mining conflict in Spain in an event organised by Spanish Workers Edinburgh. He talked about the decades of struggle of Spanish miners, who are currently battling to avoid the disappearance of the last mines in the country and demanding that the Spanish government honours what was agreed in the Plan for Coal (2013-18). Kenny Macdonald, a Scottish miner, also participated in the event. He took part in all the strikes that took place between 1972 and 1985 in the United Kingdom and worked in the industry until the last mines were closed in 1989. In this article, Cosmopolita Scotland tells the story of a collective which is essential to understand the evolution of the working class and the rights of workers, both in the UK and Spain.

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Pilar Lima: “Es necesaria la presencia de personas con capacidades diferentes en las instituciones”

Pilar Lima es la primera senadora sorda en España. Lima cuenta con una amplia trayectoria profesional y activista. Fue voluntaria en la Fundación Vicente Ferrer en Anantapur y ha sido profesora en diferentes entidades públicas y privadas que promueven la divulgación de la lengua de signos. Además, entre otros proyectos, es coautora del libro Sordo ¡y qué!. Ahora es la primera senadora sorda del país. En su primera intervención en la Cámara Alta, y con la asistencia de una interprete, prometió “trabajar para erradicar las barreras que provocan desigualdades y que atentan contra los derechos a través de un uso participativo y transparente del Senado”. Pilar ve en las próximas elecciones del 20 de diciembre una oportunidad para realizar este cambio.

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