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Esa Salamanquesa: Madrid’s Latest Experiment in Pedagogical Liberation

In a world in which over 2 billion tonnes of food are wasted each year while 15 million children die of hunger; in which the homeless seeking shelter are forcibly removed from the millions of abandoned buildings in Europe’s urban centres, it is refreshing to encounter attempts at reusing the discarded and putting it to … Continue reading

Focal Local: October’s Most Inspiring Free Event

After several months of silence and a few short weeks of summer weather, it seems that a sense of community was brought back to the city of London this weekend through the brave and noble efforts of a few dedicated individuals.  September was an uncertain and daunting month as squatters throughout the country debated the … Continue reading

Occupy to Save Leyton Marshes: Local Environmental Destruction in the Name of London’s Olympic Legacy

As a resident of Leyton (Waltham Forest Council-London), one can easily imagine my concern over the coming Olympic Games that will be taking place in a matter of months just a stone’s throw from my home. As the city prepared for the Olympic Games over the past year, I witnessed the complete reconstruction of Stratford … Continue reading

Ruigoord Artist Colony, Still Going Strong Nearly 40 years On!

I stumbled upon the Ruigoord artist colony one grey spring morning in Amsterdam, after the colony had held one of its famous trance music parties in the church on its spacious green property. Contrary to what one might imagine a hippy community would look like on an after-party Sunday when the sun is barely shining … Continue reading

New Squatting Law Debated in House of Lords!

The Occupy Movement may have taken the world by surprise, but if there is one city that is accustomed to having space occupied its London. The fact that squatting is so widespread in the United Kingdom should come as a surprise to no one considering the excessive number of empty buildings this onetime empire has … Continue reading

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