Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Small Is Cute, Sexy, and Successful: Why Independence for Wales and Other Countries Makes Economic Sense

Monday, 6 june 2011 | Harvard Kennedy School Review
(Recommended article by Adam Price published at the Harvard Kennedy School Review) Adam Price is a Fulbright Scholar and a 2011 Mid-Career Master in Public Administration candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a two-term former Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales) Member of Parliament where he represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. The great French moralist André Gide’s last reported words were, “I love small nations. I love small numbers. [+]

Risultati delle Elezioni comunali di Barcellona

Tuesday, 24 may 2011 | Spaghetti BCN
(Article recomanat de l'amic Marco Giralucci al seu blog SpaghettiBCN)   Secondo la legge elettorale, il sindaco si elegge con la maggioranza assoluta, cioè la metà più uno dei consiglieri. Se però nessuno dei candidati la raggiunge in prima convocazione, la seconda volta basta essere il capo della lista più votata e questo è proprio il caso del nuovo sindaco di Barcellona Xavier Trias.   Per governare però serve una maggioranza più sostanziosa e Trias non ha, ad oggi, ancora chiarito se governerà in minoranza facendo accordi di volta in volta coi partiti presenti in consiglio, oppure farà la giunta con altri partiti. [+]

Lionel Messi: Boy Genius

Sunday, 22 may 2011 | New York Times
Recommended reading about Barça (and a little bit about Catalonia) at The New York Times: "Lionel Messi: Boy Genius". (excerpt) (...) But now they played for club, not country. Temporary brotherhood fissured. Blood rivalry resumed. Madrid, the capital, was once the base of Franco’s dictatorship and is now the seat of Spain’s constitutional monarchy; Barcelona sits in the heart of the autonomous Catalan region, with its own language and cultural (and soccer) identity. [+]

The Catalan kings

Saturday, 21 may 2011 | The Economist
Recommended reading about Barça (and a little bit about Catalonia) at "The Economist": "The Catalan kings".   (...) Barça puts more emphasis than any other major team on growing its own players. Other football teams often resemble the United Nations—the Arsenal first eleven, for example, frequently includes just two native-born Britons. Barça, by contrast, is still dominated by local players, and Catalan is often spoken in the dressing room. [+]

The billion-dollar grudge match: The enormity of El Clasico

Wednesday, 27 april 2011 | CNN
(Recommended article at CNN: "The billion-dollar grudge match: The enormity of El Clasico") (By Will Tidey, CNN) – There are few rivalries in sport that capture the imagination like the coming together of Real Madrid and Barcelona – a soccer match of such enormity that it has its own nickname: "El Clasico." On the field, it is a billion-dollar grudge match between the two best teams in the football-mad country of Spain.   Off the field, it is a tale of two cities – a clash of Castilian nationalism and Catalan pride; and a rivalry of cultures forged in the Spanish civil war and the reign of General Franco. [+]

St George's Day with a Catalan twist

Saturday, 23 april 2011 | The Guardian
(By Matthew Tree published at The Guardian)   The patron saint of the country in which I live is Sant Jordi, his name adapted here to Catalan just as it has been to the respective tongues of the 11 other countries that have adopted this apparent dragon-slayer as their national mascot. In Catalonia, however, far from being an occasion for patriotic breast-beating – as still seems to be the case in England – April 23, at least since the 15th century, has been revered as the dia dels enamorats or lovers' day, on which the enamoured are supposed to give a blood-red rose to their beloveds. [+]

Former IMF Chief Economist says Catalonia would be “one of the richest countries in the world” if it were independent

Friday, 22 april 2011 | Catalan News Agency
(From Catalan News Agency) CNA / F. Javier Rodríguez Baena Barcelona (ACN). “Catalonia, as an independent nation, would be one of the richest countries in the world”, stated the former IMF Chief Economist, Kenneth Rogoff, in an interview to Capital magazine, in which he reviews the Spain’s economic situation. Rogoff, currently professor at Harvard University, defends that Spain “has many strong points” such as “excellent companies and regions like Catalonia”, but he thinks that “there is a high probability that Spain may have to be rescued”. [+]

Pas endavant en l’Informe dels Drets Humans del Departament d’Estat dels EUA

Thursday, 21 april 2011 | Salvador Garcia, USA
(post publicat al blog de Salvador Garcia, membre del Col·lectiu Emma)   Com sol passar en aquest país quan hi ha bones notícies, la difusió ha estat limitada (en premsa escrita, em sembla que només a l’ARA; en mitjans digitals destacaria l’article del Nació Digital).   Recordem: el Departament d’Estat dels EUA publica cada any un informe, estat a estat, on explica les violacions i denúncies de violacions dels drets humans del món. [+]

Risposte a un giornale serio, La Stampa di Torino

Thursday, 21 april 2011 | Catalogna Oggi
(Resposta de Marco Giralucci a La Stampa di Torino) Il 15 aprile scorso, su La Stampa.it, è apparso un articolo dall'apparenza sportiva. All'estero si parla di Catalogna solo quando gioca il Barça o c'è qualche premio di motociclismo, quando Laporta fa qualche numeretto e poco più. Quando si tocca l'argomento Catalogna-Spagna cominciano i luoghi comuni e le inesattezze. In fin dei conti l'importante è la notizia, gli approfondimenti interessano solo ad una minoranza dei lettori, ancora meno se siamo sul web. [+]

Sobre l'Informe de Drets Humans del Departament d'Estat dels EUA

Saturday, 16 april 2011 | General, USA
El Departament d’Estat dels Estat Units ha publicat el seu informe anual sobre els drets humans al món, corresponent a 2010. En anys anteriors algunes persones s´havien dirigit al Col•lectiu Emma per denunciar que en el capítol que tracta d´Espanya es reproduïen sistemàticament les opinions tendencioses d´alguns grups minoritaris, recollides per la premsa de Madrid, sobre una suposada persecució del castellà a Catalunya. Celebrem poder dir que aquest any la qüestió es tracta d´una manera més equilibrada. [+]


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