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Self-determination and Catalonia

Thursday, 28 june 2018 | Alfred de Zayas Human Rights Corner
The change of government in Madrid gives hope that negotiations in good faith may now be possible with the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia.  A modicum of historical knowledge should help outsiders understand that Catalonia has its own distinct culture and traditions and that the only way forward is through a new referendum.  The legal aspects of the issue are explained in the memorandum below.

Catalonia is an inclusive country, a civic republic

Monday, 11 june 2018 | EUobserver
euobserver 6. JUN, 2018   By JORDI SOLÉ Recent allegations have tried to paint the broad Catalan pro-independence movement as one with racist and xenophobic undertones, comparing it with far-right populist movements that remind us of a different era. 

 Thankfully, in Catalonia this kind of identity politics was overcome decades ago by those in favour of building an independent Catalan Republic. Catalonia has historically been, and still is to this day, a land where different cultures have met, mixed, and lived together. [+]

Clara Ponsatí accuses Spain of illegal vendetta against Catalan nationalists

Sunday, 10 june 2018 | THE GUARDIAN
Academic tells SNP conference Catalan independence referendum was entirely legal

A Matter of Time

Tuesday, 22 may 2018 | LA VANGUARDIA
Published in "LA VANGUARDIA" on 20th April 2018. By FERRAN REQUEJO When judges meddle in politics, they distort semantics, forget “the spirit of the laws” and display their ignorance. When judges meddle in politics they become bad judges and even worse politicians. It is said that there is “a lack of politics” in Spain, but there is also an excess of judges practising it. While the Llarena affair is by no means unique, it does exemplify the myriad structural problems that characterize the Spanish political system. [+]

Why Are So Many Democracies Breaking Down?

Monday, 14 may 2018 | NEW YORK TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES May 8, 2018   By Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo   Italy, Poland, Hungary and even Spain: European democracy is in shambles. Critical threats to democracy have also surfaced in countries like Turkey, Brazil and the Philippines. Under President Trump’s “America First” orientation, leaders with authoritarian tendencies in places as disparate as Egypt, Honduras, Russia and Venezuela have trampled their political opponents without concern for anything more harmful than a tongue lashing from the United States. [+]

World academics call for Catalonia prisoners’ release

Sunday, 29 april 2018 | THE NATIONAL
A GROUP of more than 100 academics working in law, human rights, politics, sociology and history from 19 different countries around the world are calling for the immediate release of Catalonia’s political prisoners and for the EU to act to end repression “which represents an indelible and permanent stain on European democracy”.

Catalonia's crisis, Europe's wake up call | View

Sunday, 29 april 2018 | EURONEWS
EURONEWS 18-04-2018   By ALEIX SARRI CAMARGO   Nine Catalan politicians and social leaders (seven elected MEPs) are in pre-trial detention for up to six months. They have been accused of rebellion or sedition, and face between 15 and 30 years in jail. The so-called rebellion refers to the 1 October referendum, organized by Carles Puigdemont’s government, in which more than two million Catalans voted despite the violence of Spanish police that left 893 people injured and was condemned by Human Rights Watch, among others. [+]

SAINT GEORGE'S DAY: Freedom For Catalan political prisoners

Monday, 23 april 2018
Diada de Sant Jordi 2018: Llibertat presos polítics

Chomsky among top academics calling for immediate release of Catalan political prisoners

Monday, 23 april 2018 | VILAWEB
Scholars from over a hundred universities sign a letter against the “repression representing a permanent stain on European democracy"

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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