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 (www.unidadenladiversidad.com). 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

SPAIN: One Month into Hunger Strike, “Sahrawi Gandhi” in ICU

Aminatou Haidar, the Western Sahara independence activist who has been on a hunger strike in a Spanish airport for 32 days demanding to be allowed to return to her homeland, was taken to the hospital just after midnight Wednesday, and is in intensive care.

WESTERN SAHARA: Activist Badly Weakened by Hunger Strike

The firm stance taken by Western Sahara independence activist Aminatou Haidar, in her third week of a hunger strike in an airport in Spain's Canary Islands, contrasts with the weak position of the Spanish government vis-à-vis the Moroccan government, which it has failed to pressure to allow the activist to return to her homeland.

ENERGY-SPAIN: Windfall for the Grid

Wind energy notched up a new record in Spain on Sunday, when it generated 53 percent of total electricity demand nationwide for part of the day, according to official figures announced Monday.

ENVIRONMENT-SPAIN: Improving Garbage Management

The 60,000 tonnes of rubbish collected daily in Spain, equivalent to 1.3 kilos per person, is being managed by more green-friendly methods of recovery and treatment.

SPAIN: A Princely Prize for Creators of Email, Cell-Phones

U.S. engineers Martin Cooper and Raymond Tomlinson, considered the fathers of the mobile phone and email, respectively, received Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research from Crown Prince Felipe on Friday.

POLITICS: Marching Round the World for Peace

Activists from many nations will set out from New Zealand Saturday on a march for peace and non-violence that will cover more than 90 countries on five continents, winding up on Jan. 2 at the foot of Mount Aconcagua, in western Argentina.

SPAIN: Debt Write-Off, Development Funds for Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales wound up a three-day official visit to Spain Tuesday with a financial aid commitment from the Spanish government - in the form of a debt-for-development swap - and a reciprocal agreement to allow Bolivians and Spaniards resident in each other's countries to vote in local elections.

RIGHTS-SPAIN: Conditions Getting Tougher for Immigrants

Immigrants in Spain are getting a raw deal from state institutions and at the same time from small and medium business owners, who not only take unfair advantage of them, but sometimes also physically ill-treat them.

SPAIN-EQUATORIAL GUINEA: More Trade, Little Pressure

Trade between Spain and Equatorial Guinea is flourishing, amidst calls by activists for the government of Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to push for democracy in this tiny country on the Atlantic coast of Africa, still under the yoke of dictatorship.

RIGHTS-SPAIN: ‘Universal Justice’ Threatened

Spain, considered a pioneer in the area of universal justice and especially legal action in human rights cases, is about to take a step backwards in that regard. On Tuesday, activists and legal experts criticised a draft law that would limit the Spanish courts’ ability to investigate human rights abuses committed in other countries.

POLITICS-LATIN AMERICA: Gender Equality Requires Quotas

Laws stipulating a minimum number of women in public posts are essential for achieving gender equality, according to a meeting of women legislators from Latin America and the Caribbean, held this week in Madrid.

Baltasar Garzón, during a visit to Argentina. Credit: Presidencia de Argentina

Q&A: Fighting "the Dark Side of Globalised Society" *

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, known for prosecuting alleged tyrants, terrorists and perpetrators of corruption, believes that progress toward a global justice system began in 1996, with the trials in Madrid of Argentine and Chilean torturers, and especially with the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in October 1998.

DEVELOPMENT: Food Summit – Concern Yes, Concrete Steps No

A "High Level Meeting on Food Security for All" convened by the United Nations and the Spanish government ended Tuesday without approving concrete measures but with a commitment to redoubling efforts to bolster official development aid (ODA).

RIGHTS-SPAIN: Human Traffickers’ Assets to Be Seized

The Spanish government announced a new plan Friday to combat human trafficking, which includes a measure for the immediate seizure of the assets of anyone convicted of involvement in such activities, in particular, those who force foreign women into prostitution.

RIGHTS-SPAIN: Digging Up Past Atrocities

When it seemed that the atrocities committed during the 1936-1939 Spanish civil war and the 1939-1975 dictatorship of General Francisco Franco were buried once and for all, the debate has been reopened.

SPAIN: Elderly Rights on Track, But Still Long Way to Go

On the International Day of Older Persons, celebrated Wednesday, elderly people in Spain can look back and say that their situation has improved significantly over the last few years, but that measures still need to be taken to attain full respect for their rights.

RIGHTS-SPAIN: Debate Over Investigation of Civil War Victims

Internationally renowned Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón unleashed a heated debate in Spain by ordering the authorities to provide information on human rights crimes committed in the 1936-1939 civil war and the subsequent 36-year dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

ENVIRONMENT-SPAIN: Number Two in Wind Energy

Spain is the world’s second producer of wind energy, after Germany and ahead of the United States, and plans to continue expanding its infrastructure so as to double its current output by 2012. But new regulations may slow this development.

SPAIN: ETA on the Brink

Police in Spain brought the Basque separatist group ETA to the brink of total collapse Tuesday after dismantling what was described as its most active cell, and perhaps the only one left after a string of major blows dealt to the group in the past few years.

RELIGION: UN Invited to Create Interfaith Council

The participants at the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid have proposed that the United Nations create an interreligious council.

MIGRATION: Dying to Reach the EU

The only positive way to deal with illegal immigration is to fight poverty, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said upon learning of the deaths of 15 Africans who had been trying to reach Europe by sea.

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