The recent abdication of Spain's King Juan Calos I from his throne has spurred tens of thousands of Spaniards to take to the streets in protest for a brighter future.Dan Hancox
, the author of The Village Against the World
and an active journalist on radical Spanish politics, explores why from Madrid and Barcelona to London and Paris, the world is starting to hear the cries of those calling for a new direction for Spain.
About a decade ago, upon the 2004 publication of Yuri Kochiyama's memoir Passing It On
, Verso Senior Editor Andy Hsiao conducted a radio interview with the passionate Japanese-American activist, who passed away on June 1, 2014. In the interview, which includes Kochiyama's granddaughter Akemi, Yuri touches upon meeting Malcolm X, the campaign for Japanese-American redress, and her continuing campaigns for political prisoners, among many other issues. The interview was produced for WBAI's Asia Pacific Forum
, 99.5 FM, and is found below.
In the following tribute to Yuri Kochiyama, who died on June 1, 2014, John Kuo Wei Tchen
, editor of Yellow Peril!
, remembers the Japanese-American activist as humble and formidable, exemplifying a rare "radical generosity" among her colleagues in the movement.
In April 2014, Luciana Castellina celebrated the life of the Italian political activist Rossana Rossanda—an influential feminist, writer, and one of the founding editors of Il Manifesto which remains the most critical daily in Italy—on her 90th birthday. Active as a communist militant in the Italian Resistance against fascism during World War Two, Rossanda rose rapidly in its aftermath, becoming editor of the Communist Party weekly paper and a member of parliament. Castellina provides a personal and sentimental glimpse into the life of one of Italy’s most powerful and adamant resistance figures.