Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Launch of “What Catalans Want. Could Catalonia become Europe’s Next State?” in the UK

Friday, 11 november 2011 | What Catalans Want
(We want to extend to our friends the following invitation) This is an invitation for you to attend the launch in the UK of the book “What Catalans Want. Could Catalonia become Europe’s Next State?”. The launch will take place in the course of the 57th Anglo-Catalan Society Anual Conference which is to be held at Queen Mary’s, University of London, (Mucci’s room) on Friday 25th November at 19.45. The book will be presented by professor Montserrat Guibernau and ex-Catalan Government Delegate in the UK, Xavier Solano. [+]

The Father of the Spanish Constitution Jokes about Bombing Civilians

Wednesday, 2 november 2011 | CCN
(Press release from Cercle Català de Negocis, a business organization that defends Catalonia independence) “I do not know how many times it was necessary to bomb Barcelona. This time things will be solved without having to do so.” — Gregorio Peces-Barba “Freedom of speech cannot be invoked to protect offensiveness and disdain towards persons, territories, and communities.” — Catalan Bar Council Last Thursday, at the 10th Convention of Spanish National Bar in Cadiz, Gregorio Peces-Barba, one of the most prominent fathers of the Spanish Constitution, joked about bombing Barcelona in a reference to Catalonia's ongoing independence process. [+]

Recommended Conference: Building a New State (November 3rd, 2011)

Tuesday, 25 october 2011 | Sobirania i Justícia
We recommend the international conference organised by Sobirania i Justícia (Sovereignty and Justice) on the theme of "Building a New State", featuring prestigious professors, lawyers and economists from around the world. Guest speakers include Mr. Charles E. Ehrlich, international public law and development expert; Ms. Ana Stanic, principal of E&A Law, London; Mr. Patrick Dumberry, professor at Ottawa University; and Mr. Crles Boix, professor at Princeton University. The conference will seek answers to the following questions: What will happen the day after the independence of Catalonia? Will Catalonia be able to apply the decisions made by the International Court of Justice about Kosovo? What agreements will have to be negotiated with the Spanish government, and what issues would arise? How will the economic consequences of the separation be discussed? Will Catalonia undertake the international treaties signed by Spain? The conference will also attempt to shed some light on D-Day +1, the day after Catalonia's independence from Spain. [+]

Article recomanat a The Guardian: "Spanish centenarian Moisès Broggi sets sight on senate"

Saturday, 22 october 2011 | The Guardian
Recomanem l'article "Spanish centenarian Moisès Broggi sets sight on senate" publicat a The Guardian, que parla de la candidatura del Dr. Broggi a les eleccions al senat espanyol i explica part de la seva trajectòria. Ens sembla destacable que el corresponsal de The Guardian, Giles Tremlett, que normalment dóna una visió negativa de Catalunya, doni avui una visió neutra. És una llàstima però que Giles Tremlett no expliqui millor el paper del Doctor Broggi durant la guerra, la repressió que va patir després, i el seu paper durant el franquisme i les seves opinions clares i desacomplexadament independentistes ara. [+]

On the BBC note about bullfights in Catalonia

Sunday, 25 september 2011 | BBC
Regarding the BBC note on what we hope will be the last bullfight in Barcelona ("Bullfighting in Barcelona to end with Catalonia ban", 24 September 2011), we would like to point out that, contrary to what is implied in the story, bullfights are becoming impopular not only among "Catalan nationalists" but all over Spain. Although we were hoping that this matter would have been laid to rest by now, we would like to direct interested readers to some previous comments that we´ve made about it (see here, here, here or here). [+]


Saturday, 3 september 2011
(Post originally published on December 23, 2010) "Language immersion is a method of teaching a second language (also called L2, or the target language) in which the target language is used for instruction. Unlike a more traditional language course, where the target language is simply the subject material, language immersion uses the target language as a teaching tool, surrounding or "immersing" students in the second language. In-class activities, such as math, science, social studies, and history, and those outside of the class, such as meals or everyday tasks, are conducted in the target language. [+]

The End of Jacobinism? Minorities, States, and Violence, by Immanuel Wallerstein

Friday, 2 september 2011 | Immanuel Wallerstein
(Recommended article written by Immanuel Wallerstein) There is no state in the modern world without “minorities.” Or to put it another way, there is in every state some group that is socially defined as the high status group, whether this is defined by race, religion, language, ethnicity, or some combination of these attributes. And there are always others who do not share these attributes. The “minorities” almost always have less access to economic, political, and socio-cultural rights. [+]

The Spanish Soccer Civil War

Tuesday, 23 august 2011 | Huffington Post
(Publicat al Huffington Post, una de les webs de notícies i opinió de és prestigi als Estats Units) "The Spanish Soccer Civil War", by Alan Black When a self-righteous man becomes obsessed with a powerful enemy, flames are almost a certainty. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, self-described as "the special one," is setting fire to Spanish soccer with dangerous fireworks that some fear may spark a bigger conflagration on the parched tinder of that fractured entity called Spain. [+]

The Sunday Telegraph on the grim fiscal situation of Spain's municipalities

Monday, 22 august 2011 | Sunday Telegraph
We can only agree with Harriet Alexander's account of the straits that Spanish town councils find themselves in after years of carefree spending ("The hilltop Spanish town overshadowed by a debt mountain", August 21, 2011). Our only reservation is that Catalan municipalities seem to be singled out, giving the impression that Catalonia is particularly at fault on this count. At least in Catalonia some of the mistakes of the past have been openly acknowledged and more responsible policies are already under way. [+]

El Sunday Telegraph comenta la penosa situació econòmica dels municipis espanyols

Monday, 22 august 2011 | Sunday Telegraph
En general hem d´estar d´acord amb la descripció que fa Harrriet Alexander ("The hilltop Spanish town overshadowed by a debt mountain", 21 d´agost de 2011) de les dificultats en què es troben els ajuntaments espanyols després d´anys de gastar de manera irresponsable. La nostra única reserva és que es destaquin els ajuntaments catalans i que es pugui tenir la impressió que aquestes coses passen més a Catalunya que en altres llocs. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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