Stories written by Tito Drago
Tito Drago es periodista y consultor especializado en relaciones internacionales. Nació en Argentina, país en el que comenzó su carrera profesional y vive en España desde 1977, tras su paso por varios países latinoamericanos y europeos. Ingresó a IPS como corresponsal en 1977, abriendo la primer corresponsalía de la agencia en España. A pedido de la dirección de IPS, en 1978 se trasladó a la sede central en Roma para reestructurar la jefatura de redacción y elaborar el primer manual de estilo y redacción de la agencia. Finalizada esas tareas retornó a Madrid para continuar a cargo de la corresponsalía, lo que sigue haciendo en la actualidad. En España es conferenciante habitual en universidades, el Círculo de Bellas Artes, el Ateneo de Madrid, la Casa de América y la Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales. También lo hace en América Latina y otros países europeos. Fue presidente del Club Internacional de Prensa de España, del que es presidente honorario desde 1999. También presidió la Asociación de Corresponsales de Prensa Extranjera (ACPE). Es autor de diversos libros, entre los que se pueden destacar ”Centroamérica, una paz posible” (El País-Aguilar, 1988); “El futuro es hoy. Hacia el desarrollo sostenible” (Cruz Roja, 1992); “El retorno de la ilusión. Pinochet, el fin de la impunidad” (RBA, 1999); “Allende, un mundo posible” (Ed.RIL, 2003); “Cara y Cruz, el Che y Fidel” (Sepha, 2007). Asimismo, ha participado en numerosos libros colectivos, dedicados a la realidad iberoamericana, la sociedad civil, el medio ambiente, la cultura, la globalización y el periodismo. Organizó y dirigió seminarios sobre desarrollo, comunicación, gobernabilidad, relaciones Europa-Mundo Árabe, integración y relaciones Norte-Sur, Mercosur, relaciones Unión Europea-Mercosur y la Comunidad Iberoamericana en quince países iberoamericanos. Entre 1989 y 2008 fue director general de Comunica, agencia de Comunicación y editora, entre otras publicaciones, de la revista Mercosur y los libros y las webs de las Cumbres Iberoamericanas de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno, que aglutinan artículos de mandatarios, ministros, funcionarios internacionales, expertos y periodistas. Desde 1992 dirige el portal sobre la Actualidad del Español en el Mundo ( Ha dirigido y realizado campañas de comunicación y prensa para gobiernos e instituciones internacionales, como la Organización de Educación Iberoamericana (OEI), la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) o personalidades como los presidentes argentinos Raúl Alfonsín y Carlos Menem; Vinicio Cerezo, de Guatemala; Daniel Ortega, de Nicaragua; Carlos Andrés Pérez, de Venezuela; Alan García, del Perú; el Dalai Lama, del Tibet, o el Premio Nobel de la Paz, Oscar Arias, de Costa Rica, entre otros. Entre sus pasiones personales destacan su familia, el asado y el tango, uno de sus hobbies favoritos, que lo indujo a escribir el libro “DosEnUno: así nació, así se canta y así se baila el tango” (Comunica, 2010). | Web

King Juan Carlos Credit: BY 2.0

The Elephant in Spain’s Royal Counting House

The budget for maintaining the Spanish royal household, and the use made of these public funds by King Juan Carlos, are fuelling ongoing debate as Spain endures a severe economic crisis accompanied by severe cuts in social spending and soaring unemployment.

Spain’s Green Groups Slam Rollback of Conservation Policies

Spain's new conservative government has announced changes in environmental policy that are a significant step backwards for environmental protection in the country, provoking an immediate, harsh reaction from the opposition and civil society.

SPAIN: Trials of Judge Garzon Called Scandalous by Rights Groups

Another trial opened Tuesday with Spain's best-known judge, Baltasar Garzón, in the dock for attempting to investigate crimes against humanity committed during the 36-year dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

SPAIN: Socialist Defeat Could Give Rise to a New Left

The crushing defeat suffered by Spain's governing socialist party may pave the way for the emergence of a new alterative left capable of standing up to the centre-right People's Party (PP), which won a landslide victory in Sunday's elections.

SPAIN: Renowned Mediators Urge ETA to Lay Down Arms

International mediators meeting in a peace conference Monday in Spain's northern Basque region were hopeful that the armed separatist group ETA would respond positively to their call for the group to lay down arms.

SPAIN: Streets Paved with Evicted Families

As the number of apartments and houses left empty in Spain due to failure to make mortgage or rental payments climbs, tens of thousands of families, including many immigrants, are living on the streets, in shantytowns, or crowded into seedy boarding houses.

SPAIN: “Indignant” Demonstrators Marching to Brussels to Protest Effects of Crisis

Protesters from several European Union cities have begun to follow the example of hundreds of demonstrators from Spain who are marching from Madrid to Brussels, the bloc's de facto capital, in a growing protest against the effects of the economic crisis and the fiscal adjustment policies adopted to combat it.

Spain Backpedals on Renewable Energy

Spain put the brakes on the use of clean energies to generate electricity, as the government approved an energy savings programme to cope with its large oil bill which affects its commitment to reduce non-renewable sources by 2020.

"The death penalty is the cruellest, most degrading and inhumane punishment," Federico Mayor Zaragoza told IPS. Credit: Wikicommons

Q&A: Mobilising Society Against the Death Penalty

Civil society is more coordinated and stronger at an international level today thanks to the Internet, and cyberspace can play an important role in efforts to eradicate the death penalty, says Federico Mayor Zaragoza.

SPAIN: ETA Ceasefire Met with Wide Scepticism

Spain's political parties demanded that ETA surrender its weapons and abandon violence for good, in response to a statement issued by the group Monday in which it declared a permanent ceasefire, verifiable by the international community, and called for negotiation.

José Couso in a photo taken shortly before his death in Baghdad, Apr. 8, 2003. Credit: Public domain

SPAIN: Wikileaks Revelations Put Pressure on Justice Officials

The highest authorities of Spain's judicial system will have to explain to the Congress of Deputies their repeated refusals to bring U.S. soldiers to trial for the 2003 killing of journalist José Couso in Baghdad. The recent diplomatic cables made public by the whistleblower organisation Wikileaks reveal contacts with U.S. authorities aimed at preventing a trial.

Mixed Civil Society Response to New EU Aid Funds

Civil society organisations welcomed the announcement of an additional 1.27 billion dollars in development aid funding by European Commission president José Manuel Durâo Barroso, but said it was insufficient to reduce extreme poverty by 2015, as stipulated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

SPAIN: Puppet Marathon for Building School in Bolivia

The 17th Titirilandia (Puppetland) Festival will conclude with a marathon puppet show, to be held Sunday Aug. 29 in Spain's capital city in aid of a school in the remote Bolivian mining province of Potosí.

SPAIN: Women Entrepreneurs Pledge Support for African Counterparts

Senegalese businesswoman Marie Thiaré makes her business cards by hand, because she has no way to have them printed -- a sharp contrast with the situation faced by women entrepreneurs in Europe, where it is easy to order business cards, and most people even have their own home computer and printer.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Latin America, EU Set Sights on Cancun Summit

Governments from the European Union and from Latin America and the Caribbean are confident that at year's end the international climate conference will produce a concrete legal mandate to truly protect the environment.

Will the frustrations of the Copenhagen Climate Summit be repeated in Cancún? - Ana Libisch/IPS

Latin America and Europe Set Sights on Next Climate Summit

Sustainable development actions are bringing Latin American and European countries together in agreements that activists are criticizing due to their "market-based profile."

Latin America, EU Express Unity in Face of Economic Crisis

The leaders of the 60 European Union, Latin American and Caribbean nations meeting in the capital of Spain agreed Tuesday that unity between the two regions is essential to weathering the global economic crisis.

SPAIN: Baltasar Garzon’s Trial Threatens “Universal Justice”

The trial of Spain's "superjudge" Baltasar Garzón is aimed at squelching the principle of universal justice by suspending its main advocate, Dolores Delgado, a prosecutor at the Audiencia Nacional, Spain's highest criminal court, told IPS.

Argentina, an Example for Prosecuting Franco-Era Crimes?

Argentina is an example for Spaniards to bear in mind as they investigate crimes committed during the 1939-1975 dictatorship of general Francisco Franco, says Emilio Silva, head of the Spanish Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory (ARMH).

RIGHTS: Spain’s Most Famous Judge May Be Suspended

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, who became world-famous when he issued the warrant that resulted in former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's arrest in London in 1998, is now facing legal charges himself, which could cost him his job.

WESTERN SAHARA: “Sahrawi People Must Decide”

The only solution for the conflict over Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara is to do what the Sahrawi people decide regarding their future, Zahra Ramdan, president of the Association of Sahrawi Women in Spain, told IPS.

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