Oil is cheaper than it’s been in years. Why aren’t gas prices? (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg) Oil prices have fallen this month to their lowest point in years, but fuel costs haven’t fallen nearly as quickly.
While West Texas Intermediate crude, a U.S. benchmark, has dropped 15 percent in the last month, the cheapest it has been since 2009, prices at the pump have slipped just 3 percent. A barrel of crude cost $42.61 Tuesday afternoon. The truth about politics and cartography: mapping claims to the Arctic seabed. While maps can certainly enlighten and educate, they can just as easily be used to support certain political narratives.
With this in mind, Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research (IBRU) has updated its map showing territorial claims to the Arctic seabed following a revised bid submitted by Russia to the United Nations on August 4. The decision to release the map was not made lightly. The map of “Maritime jurisdiction and boundaries in the Arctic region” by IBRU depicts the claims to Arctic seabed resources that have been made, or could potentially be made, by Canada, Denmark, Russia, Norway, and the USA. The silent majory #comics #politics. Spanish bullfighting could be forced out of major cities as left-wing mayors campaign for a ban - Europe - World - The Independent.
Businessinsider. By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET: For the last six months, tensions between Madrid and Barcelona seemed to have subsided, as most of the attention of Spanish government, the media, and the public was diverted by the seemingly unstoppable rise of Pablo Iglesias’ anti-austerity party Podemos — a rise that has suddenly stopped.
Now it seems that what first appeared as reduced tensions between Madrid and Spain’s north-eastern province was merely the calm before the mother of all storms. Last Friday the coalition of pro-independence parties in Catalonia announced a single list of candidates for regional elections scheduled for Sept. 27. They include the two main parties’ leaders, Artur Mas (Catalonia’s current premier) and Oriol Junqueras, as well as the leaders of the two grassroots movements Ómnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly. At the political and social level, the obstacles are much greater – some might say insurmountable. Angela Merkel told a sobbing girl she couldn't save her from deportation. It was a lie. This is a video of German Chancellor Angela Merkel telling a sobbing Palestinian teenager that she cannot stay in Germany because the country "just can't manage" more refugees.
Spanish politicians strip off on campaign posters to push 'transparency' in a corrupt world - Europe - World - The Independent. In a perfect world, public figures would entice the voters with their economic policies; their transparency and their active stance against corruption.
However, in Spain, where the majority of people will vote in regional and municipal elections next month, the economy is struggling to emerge from the nuclear winter that was the economic crisis, and, it seems, a new corruption scandal emerges all the time. Britain's Strange Silence on Europe. The U.K. election on May 7 is too interesting for the country's good.
Neither the Conservatives nor Labour expect to win a majority of seats in Parliament. Everything will depend on deals struck after the vote -- an idea to which other countries are accustomed, but not Britain. Never have the election promises of the two big parties seemed so irrelevant. Even allowing for this dynamic, the offers of Labour and the Conservatives are weirdly thin in one respect. The radical political implications of spending time outdoors. A nature trail leads away from the campgrounds in the center of Reston, Virginia’s Lake Fairfax Park.
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post) Australia makes everyone vote. What would happen if the US did too? Last week's midterm elections were a reminder of one of the more distressing facts about American politics: the electorate disproportionately leaves out Americans whose interests have historically been underrepresented.
That's especially true in midterm elections, but it holds for presidential elections too. The electorate is richer, better educated, whiter, and older than the country as a whole, which has real consequences for governance: Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle? 6 November 2014Last updated at 05:57 ET By Nick Rider Barcelona Catalonia and Spain are moving apart at a fast pace, and very little is being done to bring them back together.
Until a few years ago, support for Catalan independence from Spain - independentisme - had its own steady niche of around 15% in polls and elections. Since 2010 it has mushroomed to 45%, 50% - or, in a few polls, nearly 60%. The Catalan independence movement has also broken its own records for the largest entirely peaceful demonstrations in Europe. Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote.
Barcelona (AFP) - The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on Thursday on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.
Spanish Youth Unemployment And Radical Politics. Andrea Comas/ReutersThe leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, gives a speech in January 2014 Podemos, the radical leftist party that was created earlier this year in Spain, is now the most popular political party in the country (see the crazy results from El País's election poll over the weekend).
If the election were held tomorrow, Podemos would get 27.7% of the vote. The other two major parties, PSOE and PP, would get 26.2% and 20.7%, respectively. Sorry does not expunge Spain’s political scandals. Sorry does not expunge Spain’s political scandals. Scotland's independence fever is contagious. This autumn is looking like national divorce season in Europe, beginning with Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum on breaking up with the United Kingdom. Desolats, no devastats (Salvador Cardús) The clock keeps ticking in Catalonia - Col·lectiu Emma. Wednesday, 23 july 2014 English. Catalan Separatists Say Debt Investors Can Help Campaign. Catalan leaders pushing for a referendum on independence from Spain say investors might help force Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to yield.
With a majority of Catalans demanding a chance to vote on their constitutional future, the Spanish government needs to find a way of addressing their concerns or risk a political backlash that could rattle markets, said Oriol Junqueras, leader of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, the separatist party that won the regional vote in May’s European election. Catalunya és un ou; Espanya no és una truita. Albert Rivera no té paraula. La prioritat d'Albert Rivera és fer el salt a la política espanyola i la resta són romanços. La pregunta nyap de Miquel Iceta. "Algú hauria de d'explicar al senyor Iceta que les molles de pa són per als coloms, no per als catalans" Una de les qualitats de Miquel Iceta, candidat a la secretaria general del PSOE de Catalunya, és que acostuma a expressar-se amb claredat.
Les pot dir de l'alçada d'un campanar, però no és ambigu. La pregunta nyap de Miquel Iceta. Entrevista a Josep-Maria Terricabras. La punxa d'en Jap 20140715. Deuda Pública de España 2014. La deuda pública en España ha crecido en el primer trimestre de 2015 en 12.335 millones de euros y se sitúa en 1.046.192 millones. Esta cifra supone que la deuda alcanzó el 98,00% del PIB en España, segun estimación de Datosmacro.com, mientras que en el trimestre anterior, cuarto trimestre de 2014, fue del 97,70%. Si comparamos la deuda en España en el primer trimestre de 2015 con la del mismo trimestre de 2014 vemos que la deuda anual se ha incrementado en 50349 millones de euros. La deuda per cápita en España en primer trimestre de 2015, fue de 22.516€ por habitante. Contexto histórico de Cataluña. El Parlament britànic constata el creixement de l'independentisme a Catalunya. El Parlament britànic ha emès un informe de set pàgines per explicar als seus diputats el procés sobiranista de Catalunya.
El document explica que el suport a la independència ha crescut en els últims anys, i remarca que "els arguments econòmics ocupen un lloc destacat en el moviment independentista". David McKie: “Si veten el 9-N, serà l'hora de fer avergonyir l'Estat davant el món” (Roger Mateos) El Batman de las Finanzas. Desde 1939, el multimillonario filántropo norteamericano Bruce Wayne, se ha dedicado a luchar contra el crimen cuando la incompetencia policial dejaba que malhechores como “Joker”, “El Pingüino” o “The Ridler” camparan a sus anchas por la ficticia ciudad de Gotham.
Y lo hacía bajo una máscara negra y un disfraz alado que le permitía volar como un vampiro. Trampes no, senyora Colau. El rincón del ñángara » Guía para asediar al Coletas. El rincón del ñángara » Guía para asediar al Coletas. Els "papers de Salamanca" en 7 dades. La pre-DUI. Per què Núria Parlon no vol liderar el PSC? (Ferran Casas)
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