Parade politics A float featuring giant caricatures of Orthodox Jews sitting on piles of money paraded through the streets of Aalst, Belgium, last weekend, drawing widespread condemnation. Jewish groups say there's no justification for these stereotypes to be on public display under any circumstance. The group behind the float says they didn't intend to offend anyone — and that the carnival parade is simply a festival of caricature. But the Aalst carnival didn't stop at Jewish stereotypes. It featured people dressed up in what looked like Ku Klux Klan outfits, while others wore blackface. Vox visit European Parliament Spain's far-right Vox party was in the European Parliament today for an event in which they discussed Catalan separatism. But their presence was not welcomed by many. A group of civil servants protested, angry that parliament gave Vox a platform just weeks after banning an event with former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. The protest comes in the midst of an … [Read more...] about Raw Politics in Full: Parade politics, Spain’s Vox, Estonia’s likely PM
Far-right Spanish Vox party members welcomed Isabel Nieto Fajardo into their ranks in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras in January with the following line on social media: “Chauvinists and racists in Algeciras present a gypsy woman as one of their team.” The tone was obviously ironic but the statement was close enough to the bone for the irony to get lost; Vox’s electoral platform for the May 2019 local, regional and national elections includes radical measures against illegal immigration and the repeal of the Law on Gender Violence, revised in 2018. Still, Nieto believes that Vox is the party that will best allow her to represent the Roma community in the port of Algeciras, the birthplace of flamenco virtuoso Paco de Lucía. “Racism still exists towards gypsies and Vox is the party that will do most to protect my community,” she says. “People say Vox is racist and fascist, but it’s not. I am a gypsy and I am with Vox. I have been … [Read more...] about Why a Roma woman is standing for Spain’s far-right Vox party
New York Public Radio announced today that long-time digital media executive Andrew Golis has a new job as WNYC’s chief content officer. In that position, Golis will help guide the editorial strategy for New York’s public radio station, developing programs across digital and radio platforms, including shaping the future of WNYC Studio’s catalogue of podcasts like On the Media, Death, Sex, and Money, Snap Judgment, Nancy, New Yorker Radio Hour, and Radiolab, whose executive producer, Suzie Lechtenberg, will report to him. “At this moment when local news is threatened, the financial model for journalism is turbulent, and the podcasting space is more crowded than ever, we need a content leader who can build on our strong legacy of trusted journalism, conversation, and storytelling while also charting a visionary path forward–and Andrew is the right person to lead the charge,” said Laura Walker, the outgoing president and CEO of New … [Read more...] about Exclusive: New York Public Radio gets a new chief content officer, Vox’s Andrew Golis
Spain's far-right Vox Party has agreed to back a right-wing coalition in the southern region of Andalusia, ending nearly four decades of left-wing rule. The anti-immigration party, which won twelve seats in December's regional election, will support the conservative People's Party and the centre-right Ciudadanos party. Jorge Valero, a correspondent for Euractiv and El Economista, described the new coalition as "the end of an era, because for the first time, there is a change of power" in the region. "The eruption of Vox has shaken Spanish politics. We were considered almost the last (EU) member state without a far-right party, that is no longer the case," he told Euronews' Raw Politics show. Spanish MEP Ana Miranda from the Galician Nationalist Bloc deplored the rise of "the far-right party," branding them "a danger to women, LGBTI persons". But Vox's director of international relations, Ivan Espinoza, rejected this criticism and said: "I don't consider that it's a fair label to … [Read more...] about Is Spain’s VOX party from the far-right?
Updated 6:19 am CST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Spain's far-right Vox Party President Santiago Abascal, arrives at a party rally in Murcia, Spain. Spain's new far-right Vox party is edging toward the political mainstream, dropping its more extremist positions to help form a regional government in Andalucia, according to a new political alliance announced late Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. less FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Spain's far-right Vox Party President Santiago Abascal, arrives at a party rally in Murcia, Spain. Spain's new far-right Vox party is edging toward the ... more Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, … [Read more...] about Spain’s far-right Vox party allies with mainstream rivals