Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Catalunya, el seu dèficit, i un apunt de l'espoli i del Col·lectiu Emma, al New York Times

Thursday, 31 march 2011 | New York Times
Tal i com va fer el Financial Times fa uns dies, el New York Times parla del dèficit i deute català en l'article "Deficits in Regions Compound Fears About Spain" de Raphael Minder.   L'article inclou dades molt negatives però malauradament certes sobre Catalunya: l'incomplent de l'objectiu de dèficit públic del 2010, el gran pes del deute català sobre el total deute de les CCAA de l'estat espanyol, o la comparació de Catalunya amb Grècia. [+]

La capacitat autodestructiva dels catalans

Tuesday, 29 march 2011 | El Matí, Quim Torra
(Article publicat per l'amic del Col·lectiu Emma Quim Torra a la web d'El Matí). La nostra capacitat autodestructiva no té límits, o jo no sé veure'ls encara. La gàbia en què l'autonomia ha convertit Catalunya genera una sèrie de comportaments que només es deuen trobar en alguna tribu caníbal de l'Amazònia. Nosaltres no portem parracs que ens tapin els baixos però ho compensem amb una irascibilitat i agror notables. [+]

"Catalonia resists ‘mad’ austerity" al Financial Times

Tuesday, 29 march 2011 | Financial Times
Victor Mallet ha escrit un interessant article al Financial Times que recomanem: "Catalonia resists ‘mad’ austerity". Trobem remarcable que el Financial Times expliqui l'immens dèficit fiscal de Catalunya (que quantifica en un 9%), i que compari les aportacions de Catalunya a Espanya a les que fins ara ha fet la Unió Europea: He (President Mas) called for a new deal to reduce the 9 per cent of GDP that he said Catalonia transferred to the rest of Spain each year. [+]

Don't Vote (No votis) - Catalan with English subs

Friday, 25 march 2011 | vídeo
Don't Vote (No votis) - Catalan with English subs from Belisarius on Vimeo. P.S. What do you think about the video arguments for no voting on the non-official independence referendum in Barcelona on April 10th? FYI, these are the arguments used by Spanish unionists (just check any newspaper). Who is afraid of democracy? [+]

Barcelona, innovació, creativitat (i un apunt del Col·lectiu Emma) al Financial Times

Monday, 21 march 2011 | Financial Times, General
El Financial Times ha publicat un interessant reportatge sobre innovació i creativitat a Barcelona: "BARCELONA: INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE BUSINESS". El reportatge és molt positiu: tot el món coneix avui una mica més i millor el potencial de Barcelona i de Catalunya gràcies al Financial Times. Per exemple en l'article "Art and industry make for a gaudy mix" Victor Mallet explica com Catalunya va ser un precursor de la democràcia amb el Consell de Cent i com aquesta innovació continua avui dia. [+]

Barcelona votes on Catalan Independence - Presentation in New York

Thursday, 17 march 2011 | independència
Members of the organization ‘Barcelona Decideix’ (Barcelona Decides) will provide details of the referenda for Catalan independence from Spain, which set off in Arenys de Munt in September 2009, spread all over Catalonia in 2010, and will end in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, on April 10th, 2011. “Barcelona Decideix” will present this initiative in New York, with the support of the Catalan Institute of America. Date: Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at 11:30 AM Location: Liederkranz Foundation Address: 6 East 87th Street (between 5th Ave and Madison Ave), New York So far, the results to the question "Do you agree that Catalonia should become a sovereign democratic country, member of the European Union?" have been consistently in favor of the Catalan independence from Spain, with over 90% support. [+]

Recommended readings about Catalonia ("The Commonwealth of the South") - InTransit newsletter

Tuesday, 15 march 2011 | InTransit
New InTransit newsletter: "The Commonwealth of the South". This new issue of InTransit includes many different articles that help us better understand this historical spririt of Europeanism, and also what an opportunity if would be if the Mediterranean Euroregion were to become an economic and cultural reality within a united Europe. In short, the Commonwealth of the South. We recommend this newsletter in order to know more about Catalonia's future and potential. [+]

“Catalonia is not to be blamed for Moody’s downgrading of Spanish debt”

Friday, 11 march 2011 | Catalan News Agency
(From Catalan News Agency)   CNA / Laura Pous   London (ACN).- The day Moody’s rating agency downgraded the Spanish Government’s long term debt, experts in regional fiscal redistribution met in London and discussed the Spanish case and, in particular, the Autonomous Communities’s self-governing . Their main conclusion is that Catalonia is not to be blamed for Spain’s public deficit, the accumulated public debt and the overall state of the finance sector. [+]

“Spain”, a normal country?

Tuesday, 8 march 2011 | Catalan News Agency
(Article from Col·lectiu Emma's good friend Enric Bou, published at the Catalan News Agency)   A childish controversy erupted a few weeks ago regarding the use of minority languages in the Spanish “Senate.” For the first time since the restoration of democracy (a mere 35 years ago...) a senator from the Catalan group Entesa [a left-wing “Catalanist” coalition], Ramon Aleu, used Catalan in a plenary session. This event brought out a nasty response (which was forseeable) from the two highest representatives of the People's Party, who came out with banal and insulting comments such as suggesting that this was not something that happened in any “normal country” and that this was an unnecessary expense because everyone already understood Spanish. [+]

"Barcelona, Catalonia" by Matthew Tree

Monday, 7 march 2011 | Matthew Tree
(via Elisabeth Castro) Soon to be published by Cookwood Press in digital and print editions, Barcelona, Catalonia is a collection of Matthew Tree's incisive essays and live video presentations about life, language, and politics in Catalonia, as told through the eyes of a Catalan-speaking Englishman, or an English-speaking Catalan, depending on your vantage point, and his. Matthew’s honesty and keen observations combined with his sharp wit and mastery of language (two languages!) give the reader a unique and compelling vision of Catalonia, rarely uncovered by the casual visitor, as he discusses what he promises is the next new state in Europe and its relationship with the state it currently belongs to. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalans and non-Catalans living in different countries who have made it their job to track and review news reports about Catalonia in the international media. Our goal is to ensure that the world's public opinion gets a fair picture of the country's reality today and in history.

We aim to be recognized as a trustworthy source of information and ideas about Catalonia from a Catalan point of view.
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