Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

MIX10: The hit list of metaphors from Microsoft Researcher Bill Buxton

Sunday, 21 march 2010 | The Seattle Times
"MIX10: The hit list of metaphors from Microsoft Researcher Bill Buxton", The Seattle Times, Sharon Chan, March 17, 2010. Bill Buxton is the Doc Brown of Microsoft - a mane of white hair, high energy on stage, a mind that flutters like butterfly from topic to topic that somehow ends up landing back on his message, which is about designing technology for humans. He spoke to Web designers and developers at MIX on Tuesday, and sat down Monday for an interview. "My job is to say, 'How do you avoid the tail of technology wagging the head of the human?' " Buxton said in an interview. [+]

Sobre la resposta al New York Times

Saturday, 13 march 2010 | New York Times
Des del Col·lectiu Emma hem volgut respondre a l'article "Trumpeting Catalan on the Big Screen" ("A Public reply to the New York Times (III)") perquè, tot i ser en general molt positiu en l'anàlisi que fa sobre la Llei del Cinema a Catalunya, té alguna inexactitud que volem matisar. En concret l'article afirma que el català va ser "discouraged" durant el franquisme. Des del Col·lectiu Emma els expliquem que aquesta afirmació és inexacta, que el català va ser prohibit en totes les àrees d'entreteniment, escola i institucions públiques, i que tot i que aquestes prohibicions han desaparescut, aquesta inèrcia de discriminació encara existeix i per exemple el govern espanyol rebutja acceptar la realitat multilingüística de l'estat espanyol. [+]

A Public Reply to the New York Times (III)

Saturday, 13 march 2010 | New York Times
We would like to commend Mr. John Tagliabue for his informative report from Barcelona (“Trumpeting Catalan on the Big Screen”, March 10, 2010). The Catalan government’s effort to have at least 50% of films dubbed or subtitled in Catalan must be seen as part of an attempt to restore the language of the land to its proper place in all spheres of public life, thereby redressing an unjust situation that was artificially created under General Franco’s dictatorship. The imposition of the Castilian language was one of the hallmarks of Franco’s rule, and the culture minister’s assertion that the use of Catalan was “discouraged” at the time is to say the least an understatement. [+]

Letter to The Economist from Tony Strubell

Saturday, 20 february 2010 | The Economist
(Carta enviada pel bon amic del Col·lectiu Emma, Tony Strubell, a la revista The Economist a propòsit del seu article "The new civil war").Dear Sir,I would like to congratulate The Economist for the excellent article "The new civil war" of February 18th 2010, regarding the charges being brought against a Spanish judge for trying to open an investigation into Franco's crimes. As a British-born university teacher working in Spain, I have for years thought that looking under the carpet of what for years has been seen as "miracle-democracy" Spain would cause a major shock to many unfocused onlookers. [+]

Spanish Authorities Illegally Discriminate against Catalan Language

Saturday, 20 february 2010 | Premsa
This past September 3, Àngels Monera, of Gràcia (Barcelona) was subjected to an outrage by members of the Spanish Guardia Civil police at the Girona Airport for the sheer fact that she spoke Catalan. If that weren’t enough, besides being made to miss her flight, she now finds herself the defendant in a case brought by Spanish agents trying to justify their own behavior. The trial is to take place on February 22 at the Superior Court of Santa Coloma de Farners. Here is an open letter in which Àngels describes what happened to her: ______CATALAN LANGUAGE ON TRIAL “The morning of this past September 3, I, Àngels Monera, and my family, all missed a flight from Girona Airport to Alguer, Sardinia. [+]

Sobre les recents entrades a la web

Saturday, 20 february 2010 | General
Des del Col·lectiu Emma ens hem volgut fer ressò de quatre escrits molt interessants: La carta de Tony Strubell a The Economist a propòsit d'un article on explica els problemes que comporta la recuperació de la memòria històrica a l'estat espanyol, on Tony Strubell aprofita per denunciar que també la premsa internacional durant molts anys no s'ha fet ressò de les dificultats per recuperar la memòria històrica El judici que té Àngels Monera per parlar en català a uns guàrdies civils en l'aeroport de Girona. [+]

Southern Europe's Immigration Test

Saturday, 20 february 2010 | Time Magazine
(Very interesting article from Lisa Abend about immigration, Catalonia and Catalan, published at Time Magazine).   On a recent January morning in Cornellà, just outside Barcelona, eight children are hard at work painting pictures of Planet Earth. Their classroom looks normal enough: student artwork covers the brightly painted walls and cartoon-festooned backpacks dangle from the chairs. But teacher Sabina Esteve has a special challenge: in addition to making sure her charges paint inside the lines and clean their brushes, she has to ensure that they understand even the simplest instructions. [+]

Difusió a premsa

Saturday, 20 february 2010 | Premsa
L'Agència Catalana de Notícies (ACN) va fer una entrevista que va ser recollida en varis mitjans, com el diari Avui ("Mitjans internacionals parlen del finançament, els toros i el català com 'El Mundo' i la COPE") o el Directe.Cat ("El col·lectiu Emma alerta que mitjans internacionals parlen de Catalunya com 'El Mundo' o la 'Cope'"). Media.Cat, l'observatori de mitjans impulsat pel Grup de Periodistes Ramon Barnils, també parlar del Col·lectiu Emma ("“No ens entenen i no ens sabem explicar”"). [+]

Concerns about Catalan in Barcelona

Tuesday, 16 february 2010 | New York Times
(Great article from Gustau Alegret published in his blog - by the way, we strongly recommend his blog!)     Washington, D.C.- I discovered that the debate over the Catalan language has crossed the borders of Catalonia and Spain as this past Sunday I found an interesting answer provided by the NYTimes Travel section to a 20-year old college student looking for suggestions of the best city to study in Spain. Carolyn Fanning is trying to decide where to go for her winter semester in 2011, and she has in mind five cities: Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Seville and Granada. [+]

Nova resposta a Süddeutschen Zeitung

Monday, 15 february 2010 | Süddeutschen Zeitung
Des del Col·lectiu Emma ens volem fer ressò d'una altra resposta enviada i publicada al Süddeutschen Zeitung, aquesta enviada per Matilde Romagosa (el Col·lectiu Emma també hi va respondre fa uns dies). Adjuntem la carta que ha estat publicada i la seva traducció al català:     També els catalans haurien de veure cine en el seu idioma Javier Cáceres anomena “poblet” als catalans com si es tractara d’una tribu de natius i menysprea l”engagement” dels catalans pel seu idioma semblant que es refereix a una minoria marginada d’Espanya. [+]


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