With nearly 160 000 people newly diagnosed with HIV, 2017 marked another year of alarming numbers of new HIV diagnoses in the WHO European Region. Encouragingly, the overall increasing trend is not as steep as before. The eastern part of the Region recorded over 130 000 new HIV diagnoses, the highest number ever. On the other hand, the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries reported a decline in rates of new diagnoses, mainly driven by a 20% decrease since 2015 among men who have sex with men.
A recent event, the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, of whom I will speak in due time, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, in the extreme north of Germany, next to the border with Denmark, has reminded me of that part of German land —land and sea, I should say— especially dear to me and that perhaps I know better than the rest of the country, for which I profess, as a whole and for many reasons, an invincible affection. I enjoyed many times its beautiful landscapes and the civility of its people. The idea that Germans do not make much noise when they meet is one of the misconceptions that different peoples have of each other. It so happens that in Spain we may all speak at once and Germans do it more orderly, almost always one at a time. At the end, the laughter, the approval or disapproval, the jokes and the songs may be even noisier or louder than in Spain.
Ronja Baerecke talks to the political organisation Rons per la Repúplica. Olga Poy gives us her view on the current situation in Catalonia, where still is no government in sight and more than 3000 companies left the region for the political insecurity in the last six months.
by Ronja Baerecke
RAONS PER LA REPÚBLICA is a separatistic organization with which we talked about the future of one of the most prosperous regions of Spain, which has become one of the most confusing, sad and insecure regions at a political level. Jordi Domingo is the coordinator of RAONS PER LA REPUBLICA with a large group of social activists, anonymous people from very different professional fields.
The 8th of March, a very important and special day for women all over the world. In the last 100 years a lot of things changed for women. They were given the right to vote, to get divorced (in some parts of the world at least) and work. But what is worth your work if you don’t get paid fairly and equal as men? How can it be that in times like this, women still have so many deficits compared to men? In China for example women earn 40 % less than men, so its the biggest gender pay gap worldwide.
by Amalia Mobley
With plans to move and expand the campus to a bigger and more modern building, New York University’s Madrid campus is becoming one of the college’s fastest-growing abroad campuses.