This is the third in a four-part investigative series examining Glovo’s business model and its relationship with the world it operates. Based on public statements by Glovo’s founders, this article will contextualize their world-view and the changes they hope to create in Basque Coutnry, Spain, and the world. Their ideology can be difficult to understand in the local context, but falls neatly into the dangerous new political ideology that has formed in Silicon Valley.
Back when Glovo was a small company that no one had heard of in a few major Spanish cities, one of its first riders, Isaac Cuende, was hit by a car during a delivery. According to his account of the incident, the first question the company asked him was “are you carrying an order?” Fortunately, Cuende only suffered a broken arm. But when he returned to work from his unpaid time off, he had lost “Excellence Points” and could only work a few hours a week, effectively... [+]
Two major events have rocked the USA in recent weeks. First, the arrest in London of Julian Assange for allegedly helping Chelsea Manning in an effort to crack a government password . Second is the final, albeit redacted, Muller report, a long-awaited legal reckoning of Donald Trump’s alleged participation in Russian interference in the US 2016 election, and subsequent alleged obstruction of investigations into the former.
The other day, standing in a bar looking at a photo of the Notre Dame cathedral in flames on the front page of the newspaper, I had to stop myself from laughing with joy. Unlike most, I see the cathedral as a monument to the many crimes of the Catholic Church: organized sexual abuse of minors, the perpetuation of a patriarchal society, the social rejection of minority groups such the LGTBQ community, and the amassing of tens of billions of E taken predominantly from the poor. Others may see it... [+]
Since its founding in 2015, Glovo has been expanding across the Iberian Peninsula and the world so quickly that we have not had the time to appropriately react and evaluate its impacts on our lives. The company uses a business model and marketing strategy that were first developed and perfected in Silicon Valley, USA by giants such as Google, Uber, and Facebook.
These new “platforms” create a new power relationship between itself and its workers and between itself and society,... [+]
Environmentalist Gladys Del Estal was killed by a member of the Civil Guard at an anti-nuclear festival in 1979. The officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but shortly afterwards before serving his sentence he was awarded a medal. Del Estal has become a symbol of environmentalism, and her death an example of impunity.
Errigora has started its annual campaign in favour of producing food and consuming it in the Basque Country under the slogan "Five years feeding what we love". Five years have gone by since they started the initiative. They use part of the profits which they make from selling local products in the south of Navarre (Basque Country) to promote Basque.
The news spread around the Basque pilota world like gunpowder: “Bixintxo Bilbao has been punished for bringing out the ikurrina (the Basque flag) on the podium”. He was the world champion pilota player in 2018 along with partner Peio Larralde.
Accused of painting graffiti against romantic love on the evening before February 14th in Donostia (Basque Country), three young people have been punished under the Gag Law. As well as complaining about how they were treated by the police, they have told Basque magazine ARGIA that they are not going to pay the fine. “The Gag Law, the police's attitude and other things which are happening are unacceptable. Which is why these people are going to refuse to pay the fine as an act of... [+]
Over recent weeks a public building in Nabarreria Street in Iruñea (Navarre, Basque Country) has become identified with social struggle. Maravillas gaztetxe or youth centre –a self-managed Basque community centre– It has been closed several times by the Government of Navarre and reoccupied by citizens.
On Saturday around 85,000 people took part in the demonstrations in Bilbao (Bizkaia, Basque Country) and Baiona (Lapurdi, Basque Country). In defence of Basque prisoners' rights, they demanded the French and Spanish governments keep their word.