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About Pere Vilanova
Pere Vilanova is a professor of political science and government at the University of Barcelona. He comments regularly on international politics in media organisations.
Articles by Pere Vilanova
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
Charlie Hebdo attack
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Milton Wolff was his name. He died on 14 January 2008 at the age of 92. I had the great good fortune to meet him twice in my life and I will never forget him. Within a few hours of the announcement of his death, some of the major Spanish newspapers (El Pais, El Mundo, El Periodico) published articles about him, but there was almost nothing else on the internet, in European or American newspapers, and other media. One reliable source of news was - of course - on the website of the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, for Milton was its last surviving commander. His eight predecessors had all died under fire, in Brunete or El Ebro, in 1937 and 1938.
Pere Vilanovas personal journey includes family exile, underground activism in Francos Spain, and the murder of friends by terrorists. He reflects on its lessons for a just response to violence.
Can this United Nations reform process last longer than its predecessors? Only if it learns the lessons of history and power, says Pere Vilanova.
Indonesia has just completed its third peaceful election since the end of the long Suharto dictatorship in 1998. For this European observer, the recent experience of the worlds largest Muslim country offers the rest of the world lessons in democratic practice and human solidarity.
The Spanish government ignored its peoples almost universal opposition to war in Iraq. This, itself the latest in a series of convulsive internal crises, raises serious questions about Spains political direction and even the commitment to democracy of its prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar. As a crucial election cycle approaches, will the bond between a troubled Spain and a hawkish US be renewed or broken?