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Goodbye, Erasmus

erasmus phixrThe future of the Erasmus scholarships is an uncertain future. Even though, of course, this only depends on who are we asking to. As we all know, the Secretary of Education, José Ignacio Wert, announced only two weeks ago the withdraw without previous notice of the state assistance for this year to all the students who weren’t beneficiaries of a general scholarship, measure that had to be abandoned after the strong protests and the opposition on behalf of the educational sector, the Autonomous Communities and the European Committee.



UAB Delegation participates in the Euranet Debate in Brussels

Politicians and citizens from all over Europe met on June 19th in the European Parliament in Brussels for the official launch of Euranet Plus, the radio and Internet network for EU news. Among those present were the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, three Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, and Juana Lahousse-Juárez, the highest ranking Spanish civil servant in the EU.



Feminine sport in the shadow of the mass media

patinatge vs futbol phixrThe feminine team of artistic skating Club Patí Olot celebrated in November their seventh gold medal in world championships that they succeeded in Chinese Taipei. The following day of the victory, 15th November, some Catalan media mentioned that new but it’s a well known fact that, compared with the male sportive events, women sports still being in second plane. Almost everybody knows the German club who won the football champions league last year, but only a few of them know that there is a Catalan skating team who wins world championships since 2006.


Society moving and changing the world Social Movements revolve Latin America, Africa and Europe


How do people share an opinion? How do people have a say? Now those are the questions! The public are the ones who decide whether to agree or disagree with defending a right, a thought, an event they believe in. Moreover, this is when people agree, decide, prepare and act. They fight and this is how they unite. ´´Social Movements are the best way to express your opinion just peacefully´´, Laura Cervi, a Journalism department professor in the Autonomous University of Barcelona explained.

Societies are where life begins, where people gather, where you are part of the team. Different societies, different cultures with one aim: LIFE! To obtain goals, you have got to fight and fight for it endlessly. And that... Is how you could possibly gain it.

Sadly, it´s just not the best. We look for perfect societies but actually we never act upon, we just imagine. The problem is people are not always happy. Citizens are not always neither believing nor calm. People doubt... No??

Societies differently manifest their inconvenience according to what they want. Some groups like in Brazil get to the streets not only in their country, in other parts of the world too, Rafael Da Silva, a Brazilian journalist told that. On real basis, apparently this is how people condemn with their countries. For instance, Egyptians during the 25th revolution were demonstrating in streets all over the world not just in their lands.

Social movement is power. It is a group of different individuals with common grounds, causes, point of views and aims. They relate to what is wrong or how things must be, they who voluntarily propose and demonstrate in relation to issues of injustice, inequality.

Movements as such are not an action that people endure in a single country. It does not only relate neither to cultural nor personal basis. It is all what people can do when they want to fight and look for a change. A good and collective change. People who conform social movement always have something to say, they want to be heard.

In addition to the circumstantial factor, the preparation process is a crystallization one as well. Nations come together after historical moments trying to express their opinions, like going out to the streets; declared Santiago Giraldo, a 32 year old professor of Autonomous University of Barcelona. ´´Constructing a new element to analyze the social movement´´, Giraldo added.

No matter what are the differences between people, all have a common feeling: HOPE. Maybe they do not know how to fight for their hope but still only believe that strength is in the power of unity.

Referring to his home country Colombia, Santiago explained how Colombian citizens have almost no freedom expressing their opinions. Agreeing with him, Chido Onumah, 47 years old, Coordinator of the African Center for Media and Literacy in Nigeria added; ´´In Nigeria, all media channels are being advertised and capitalized by the government. It is how they own your standards.´´

Stereotyping is how Social Movements start. How you perceive a criteria or a topic differing with another is when you adopt a group. As for, this is how social movements, stereotyping and perception combine.

Nevertheless many people are being misled by the media. Rafael da Silva, explained how his government persuades people with manipulated news. They stereotype news about social movements as an act of terrorism. Sadly, people are too naïve to understand that democratic participation is part of their rights. ´´In Egypt, lots of poor people have no idea what is going on. They get misled easily, affecting how our country´s future is being decided´´, Khaled Essam, an Egyptian 18 year old student stated.

Freedom?? What about freedom? Opinions differ among cultures. Shahd, a 21 year Saudi student, had no clue about freedom. On the contrary, Laura Cervi, believed in all figures of freedom without violence. Another Spanish girl had no hope believing in social movements and freedom only if related to politicians.

The actual social movement problem is the people themselves. Few are fighting and many others only want to be part of anything. As for, people should do more proposition and actions not only protest, that is part of the mobilization problem around the world.

Adrian Reyes, a 21 year old faculty of law student, thinks that social movements are more usual in periods when there is situation´s preoccupation. And here, appears the social engagement.

A total new perspective comes from Qatar. ´´My country is peaceful. People love the king. They do not need to protest, they only mobilize to thank him for all.´´, Romeya Mubarack, a high school student shared.

Nowadays, people do not have to wait for the traditional TV to speak about what they need. They can easily connect themselves to the internet and there you go the entire world knows about you not just your people.

Internet holds organizations together, therefore new revolutions exist. Social Media is the best way to be listened to a journalism student told us. Also, Giraldo believes mass media have so much power showing to all people not a few. About what is happening, what is on the scene, he knows that social movements need to be recognized to be incident although they are not fully depended on now.

Although social media has a very essential role in social movements, people´s opinions still contrasted one another. Societies are impressed with what the media can do. Currently, social movements are changing the world; this is because people started claiming their rights and here social media started acting viably.

MILID Journalists

Chido Onumah: “Young people: it’s their world, they own it”

Chido-Onumah-1Chido Onumah is a Nigerian journalist and coordinator of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, and member of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy. Onumah’s passion for media education has led him to travel all over the world as a reporter and an expert in media training for professional journalists as well as promoting media and information literacy for students and youth in Africa. Follow Chido Onumah’s ideas on this interview with Young Journalists.



Growth this year will be higher than initially forecast. The unemployment rate, whilst still much too high, has stopped increasing

Jose Manuel Barroso