Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

I simboli danno ancora fastidio

Sunday, 27 february 2011 | Catalogna Oggi
(publicat per l'amic del Col·lectiu Emma Marco Giralucci al seu blog CATALOGNAoggi) Una domenica di fine febbraio piena di sole, in mezzo ai turisti e ai barcellonesi a passeggio sulla salita del Palau Nacional, sede del MNAC, si è finalmente inaugurata la ricostruzione del monumento delle 4 colonne di Puig i Cadafalch. Era stato abbattuto solo per essere simbolo di identità catalana, da Miguel Primo de Rivera nel 1928 che, come tutti i dittatori, credeva di piegare un popolo con la forza delle armi e con la distruzione dei suoi simboli. [+]

Infants raised in bilingual environments can distinguish unfamiliar languages: UBC research

Friday, 25 february 2011 | Web Newswire
(Interesting article published at Web Newswire) Infants raised in households where Spanish and Catalan are spoken can discriminate between English and French just by watching people speak, even though they have never been exposed to these new languages before, according to University of British Columbia psychologist Janet Werker. Presented today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, Werker’s latest findings provide further evidence that exposure to two native languages contributes to the development of perceptual sensitivity that extends beyond their mother tongues. [+]

Native Son Returns to Guide Catalonia's Research Through Spain's Troubled Economy

Thursday, 24 february 2011 | ScienceInsider
(Col·lectiu Emma recommends the following article about Conseller Mas-Colell from ScienceInsider: "Native Son Returns to Guide Catalonia's Research Through Spain's Troubled Economy") Noted mathematical economist Andreu Mas-Colell, who resigned his position as secretary general of the European Research Council (ERC) last September, is returning to his native Catalonia to help the region through the economic turmoil enveloping Spain. In January, he was appointed head of Catalonia's newly created economy and knowledge department, which will now have authority over the region's economic policies, its research and development strategies, and its universities. [+]

Foreign correspondents choose Barcelona as the Mobile World Congress’ permanent host city

Tuesday, 15 february 2011 | Catalan News Agency
(from Catalan News Agency)   CNA / J. Pueyo / JR Torné / L. Pous / A. Matamoros Barcelona (ACN).- The foreign correspondents covering the Mobile World Congress would prefer the congress to stay in Barcelona. The Mobile World Congress will finish its current contract with Barcelona’s Trade Fair (Fira de Barcelona) in 2012 and the decision on where to celebrate the congress in 2013 and onwards is to be taken in the next few weeks. Barcelona is one of the three strongest candidates, together with Milan and Munich. [+]

Lliçons al Financial Times?

Thursday, 10 february 2011 | Financial Times, Salvador Garcia
(article publicat al blog de Salvador Garcia, membre del Col·lectiu Emma) Fa uns dies el Financial Times va escriure un article sobre les finances de la Generalitat ("Catalonia seeks to raise €11bn in fresh debt") que vaig comentar al meu blog. Bàsicament escrivia que, tot i que hi havia una comparació que no m'agradava (la de Grècia amb Catalunya) l'article era prou objectiu: explicava les necessitats de finançament de la Generalitat, el seu dèficit i deute, i que paga amb retard als proveïdors. [+]

"Xiuxiuejava, She whispered", de Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Friday, 4 february 2011 | Granta
(Volem recomanar l´article "Xiuxiuejava, She whispered", del poeta i traductor nord-americà Rowan Ricardo Phillips, publicat a la revista literària anglesa Granta.) Translation, at the best of times, should be a form of welcome. But for me, translating from Catalan into English sometimes feels more like a form of farewell. As I work I feel both languages equally alive, equally limber; equally conversant, competitive and playful. At these moments I am free from the immense gravitational pull of English and free from the centric tug of Spanish. [+]

Revista Time i la independència de Catalunya

Saturday, 29 january 2011 | Time Magazine
(via Naciodigital) Iniciativa interessant d'Alexis Vizcaino: La revista Time Magazine no ha situat Catalunya entre les 10 principals nacions aspirant a aconseguir un Estat Propi. En la llista apareixen el País Basc, Escòcia, Ossètia del Sud, el Tíbet, la Padània, Kurdistan, Quebec, el Sahara Occidental, Cascadia i Vermont. Si penses que Catalunya hauria d'aparèixer en aquesta llista, pots enviar un email a la revista Time només omplint aquest formulari. [+]

"Hablen español, already" (recommended article from The Economist)

Monday, 24 january 2011 | The Economist
(Després de la polèmica sobre l'ús del català al senat espanyol i l'article de The Guardian "Lost in translation? Spanish senators allowed to debate in five languages", que va motivar la resposta del Col·letiu Emma, recomanem el següent article publicat a la web de The Economist: "Hablen español, already") Hablen español, already Jan 24th 2011, 18:50 by R.L.G. | NEW YORK THERE are good reasons to debate what role minority languages should play in the countries where they are found. [+]

A Public Reply to The Guardian (IV)

Friday, 21 january 2011 | The Guardian
The subject of The Guardian’s latest report from Spain (“Lost in translation? Spanish senators allowed to debate in five languages”, January 19, 2011) is something that ought to be a routine occurrence –representatives being allowed to use their respective languages in what is supposed to be their own parliament– but the headlines and the bulk of the article have focused instead on the hostile reactions from the Spanish nationalist camp. And we feel that the views from that camp are presented as more reasonable than they really are. [+]

Recommendation: Catalan International View

Thursday, 20 january 2011 | Catalan International View
We recommend the latest issue of the Catalan International View.   You can download the full issue by clicking here.   The articles include:   The value of Wikileaks by Víctor Terradellas and Francesc de Dalmases Download article Kosovo and the blessings of the International Court by August Gil-Matamala Download article The presidency that never existed by Carme Colomina Download article   An iron hand in Kazakhstan by Natàlia Boronat Download article Building Twenty-First Century Iran by Firouz Mahvi Download article Mrs Maryam Rajavi by Marc Gafarot Download article Inheriting North Korea by Iris Mir Download article Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama by Bernat Joan Download article The presidency of Barack Obama: from hope to reality by Edgardo M. [+]

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