Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Catalan Mayors Plan Independence Vote in Challenge to Zapatero

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Bloomberg
By Emma Ross-Thomas Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) – More than 100 towns in Catalonia voted to hold referendums proposing independence from Spain, an attempt to press national leaders to heed their views. The 117 unofficial referendums will take place on Dec. 12, Feb. 28 and April 25, Jordi Fabrega, spokesman of the Decidim.cat initiative said in a telephone interview after a meeting of around 100 mayors and municipal representatives near Barcelona on Oct. 3. The movement includes representatives from all political parties except the People’s Party, the biggest national opposition group, he said. [+]

Sobre la resposta al New York Times

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
El Col·lectiu Emma ha respòs el desafortunat article del New York Times "In a Spanish Region, a Twilight of the Matadors", on critica el nacionalisme català pel rebuig majoritari dels catalans les curses de braus, concloent que Catalunya s'està empobrint culturalment al renunciar a aquestes tradicions. Pots trobar la resposta a A Public Reply to the New York Times (II) . Des del Col·lectiu Emma lamentem que el corresponsal del New York Times només hagi donat una visió de la història, la dels partidaris de les curses de braus. [+]

A Public Reply to the New York Times (II)

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
We find Michael Kimmelman’s story about bullfighting in Barcelona (“In a Spanish Region, a Twilight of the Matadors”, September 30, 2009) objectionable on many counts. For one thing, it is troubling to see a NYT correspondent shamelessly take the side of those who find pleasure in watching the methodical torture and death of a frightened and disoriented animal. Tradition can be no excuse for cruelty. Not so long ago public executions were considered an acceptable form of entertainment in many parts of the world, but all enlightened nations have come to reject such barbaric pastimes. [+]

Letter to NYT Arts Editor

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
From Jodi Neufeld Gimeno Dear New York Times Arts Editor, I suggest that you take a second look at your article about the decline of bullfighting in Catalonia. In the interest of romanticizing a Spanish cultural anachronism, your staff writer Michael Kimmelman appropriated issues of Catalan nationalism and regional politics that have little to do with the bullfighting debate. I am an American living in Barcelona, and I can tell you that while my Catalan friends and family are certainly anti-bullfighting, their feelings on the issue have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that bullfighting is a Spanish tradition. [+]

Articles sobre Catalunya

Sunday, 27 september 2009 | General
Un parell d'articles a la premsa internacional sobre Catalunya: - El The Daily Telegraph ha publicat un breu article on un jove català explica com comparteix els valors de la Unió Europea i que vol participar en la seva construcció, no com una regió d'Espanya, sinó com el novè estat per tamany de la Unió Europea (My Europe: Catalonia) - El diari israelí Haaretz ha publicat un nou article on parla de Catalunya, i on remarca que les reivinidacions nacionals catalanes es desenvolupen de forma pacífica i sense violència (Better than Catalonia). [+]

Better than Catalonia

Sunday, 27 september 2009 | Haaretz
By Alexander Yakobson In Catalonia the national conflict is easier to live with. Aluf Benn watched a torch procession last week that was held under the motto "Catalonia is not Spain" and felt quite envious such a demonstration could take place without causing undue excitement, as people went on with life as usual. Indeed, the national struggle in Catalonia is conducted without violence and in a peaceful atmosphere. The struggle in the Basque Country, by contrast, is marked by nationalist violence; the atmosphere is less relaxed. [+]

My Europe: Catalonia

Sunday, 27 september 2009 | Daily Telegraph
Pol Pagès, 26, lives in Barcelona. He supports the independence of Catalonia within the EU By Fiona Govan “I’m from Catalonia and I feel Catalan and European – not Spanish. So, I’m from the hidden Europe, from that part of the continent where its inhabitants are not comfortable within the state they are living. Catalonia has its own institutions, language and culture and enjoys autonomy from Spain, so it runs itself as a nation inside another nation, with all the problems that brings. [+]

Sobre la resposta a Haaretz

Saturday, 19 september 2009 | Haaretz
El passat 17 de setembre el diari israelià Haaretz va publicar l'article "Torches in Barcelona" on, posant-se en la pell d'un turista israelià, parlava de Catalunya, la seva història, la seva relació amb Espanya i el boicot a la cantant Noa en la Diada.   Des del Col·lectiu Emma hem volgut respondre a aquest article per matisar algunes afirmacions que realitza i explicar la demanda més autogovern de Catalunya i per què molts catalans volen la independència. [+]

A Public Reply to the Haaretz

Saturday, 19 september 2009 | Haaretz
Dear Sirs, After reading your article of September 17 (Torches in Barcelona), we feel that the following notes might help your baffled Israeli tourist better understand some of the reasons behind the Catalans’ drive towards independence. Your correspondent gives a fair account of the historical roots of the conflict between Catalonia and Spain, especially when pointing out that Catalans have always tried to “fight for their freedom by democratic means” in a context of “occupation, assimilation and repression”. [+]

Arenys: valoració positiva del ressò a la premsa internacional

Tuesday, 15 september 2009 | General
Des del Col·lectiu Emma ens volem felicitar pel tractament informatiu de la premsa internacional a propòsit de la consulta d'Arenys de Munt: no han "comprat" l'argument del Govern, partits polítics i premsa espanyola que ridicultzaven i treien cap valor a la consulta, i en canvi han explicat el referèndum en clau d'aspiració catalana de més autogovern.   Per a més informació pots llegir l'article "Ampli ressò internacional" publicat al diari Avui. [+]


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