Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Two more replies to The New York Times

Friday, 9 october 2009 | New York Times
Two catalans have also sent a reply to The New York Times regarding the article regarding the article "In a Spanish Region, a Twilight of the Matadores". These replies have not been published by the New York Times but we reproduce them here (you can find the Col·lectiu Emna reply: "A Public Reply to the New York Times III). Manel Macià i Gallemí There will not be a “referendum” in the Catalan Parliament on the abolition of bull-fighting in Catalonia. [+]

Sobre l'article "Leaders Arrested in Catalonia" al NYT

Thursday, 8 october 2009 | New York Times
El New York Times va publicar el 7 d'octubre de 1934 i va reproduir ahir, 75 anys després, l'article "Leaders arrested in Catalonia". En aquest article el New York Times parla de la proclamació de "l'estat independent de Catalunya" i de la detenció del President Lluís Companys. A través del New York Times molts nord-americans i ciutadans d'altres països del món coneixen avui una mica més la història de Catalunya, i com "l'estat independent de Catalunya" va acabar per la intervenció de les "tropes espanyoles" que van "ocupar els edificis del govern i van detenir al President Companys i als altres membres del Govern". [+]

Leaders Arrested in Catalonia

Thursday, 8 october 2009 | New York Times
New York Times, October 7, 1934 (republished on October 7, 2009) Leaders Arrested in Catalonia BARCELONA: The independent state of Catalonia, which was proclaimed by President Luis Companys at 8.30 last night [Oct. 7], came to an end at 6 o’clock this morning when Spanish troops under General Balet occupied the government buildings and arrested the Catalan President and the members of the Cabinet. Simultaneously the project of proclaiming Spain a federated republic with Manuel Azana, former Premier, as its first President, collapsed. [+]

Sobre l'article del Financial Times

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Financial Times
Des del Col·lectiu Emma celebrem el darrer article del periodista Victor Mallet al Financial Times ("Catalonia pays homage to independence") ja que explica de forma objectiva el referèndum d'Arenys de Munt i planteja diferents punts de vista (a favor i en contra) de la independència de Catalunya. Aquest article a la premsa internacional es contraposa (una altra vegada) als articles viscerals sobre aquesta consulta local publicats a la premsa espanyola i en alguna premsa catalana. [+]

Catalonia pays homage to independence

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Financial Times
By Victor Mallet in Arenys de Munt A quiet country town, with an unpaved main street that doubles as a river bed for flash floods from the hills, Arenys de Munt seems an unlikely starting point for a revolution. But when the town north of Barcelona held a referendum last month and voted overwhelmingly in favour of Catalonia’s secession from Spain (with 96 per cent of the 2,671 who voted saying Yes to independence) it spawned dozens of copycat referendum plans across the region. A few fascist falangistas arrived in Arenys that day to demonstrate in favour of Spanish unity and damp the festive atmosphere, while moderate unionists stayed away – limiting the turnout to 41 per cent – and called the vote a flawed publicity exercise with no constitutional force. [+]

International repercussion of municipal referendums on independence

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Bloomberg
As we did after the referendum held at Arenys de Munt, Col.lectiu Emma would like to emphasize the calm and impartial treatment given by the international press to the question of the consultations on independence planned in several Catalan towns. This treatment is in stark contrast with the irrational reactions that have been frequent in Spanish media and also with the uneasiness that can be felt in some opinion circles in Catalonia. In this context, we reproduce an article published by Bloomberg, an influential site specializing in economic and financial news, and we applaud the fairness of its correspondent Emma Ross-Thomas. [+]

Ressò internacional de les consultes sobre la independència als municipis

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Bloomberg
Tal com vam fer arran de la consulta d´Arenys de Munt, des del Col•lectiu Emma volem remarcar el tractament serè i imparcial que la premsa internacional està donant fins ara a la qüestió de les consultes sobre la independència previstes a diversos municipis catalans. Aquest tractament contrasta clarament amb les reaccions forassenyades que han estat freqüents en els mitjans de comunicació espanyols i fins i tot amb el nerviosisme que s´observa en alguns sectors d´opinió a Catalunya. [+]

Catalan Mayors Plan Independence Vote in Challenge to Zapatero

Tuesday, 6 october 2009 | Bloomberg
By Emma Ross-Thomas Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) – More than 100 towns in Catalonia voted to hold referendums proposing independence from Spain, an attempt to press national leaders to heed their views. The 117 unofficial referendums will take place on Dec. 12, Feb. 28 and April 25, Jordi Fabrega, spokesman of the initiative said in a telephone interview after a meeting of around 100 mayors and municipal representatives near Barcelona on Oct. 3. The movement includes representatives from all political parties except the People’s Party, the biggest national opposition group, he said. [+]

Sobre la resposta al New York Times

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
El Col·lectiu Emma ha respòs el desafortunat article del New York Times "In a Spanish Region, a Twilight of the Matadors", on critica el nacionalisme català pel rebuig majoritari dels catalans les curses de braus, concloent que Catalunya s'està empobrint culturalment al renunciar a aquestes tradicions. Pots trobar la resposta a A Public Reply to the New York Times (II) . Des del Col·lectiu Emma lamentem que el corresponsal del New York Times només hagi donat una visió de la història, la dels partidaris de les curses de braus. [+]

A Public Reply to the New York Times (II)

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
We find Michael Kimmelman’s story about bullfighting in Barcelona (“In a Spanish Region, a Twilight of the Matadors”, September 30, 2009) objectionable on many counts. For one thing, it is troubling to see a NYT correspondent shamelessly take the side of those who find pleasure in watching the methodical torture and death of a frightened and disoriented animal. Tradition can be no excuse for cruelty. Not so long ago public executions were considered an acceptable form of entertainment in many parts of the world, but all enlightened nations have come to reject such barbaric pastimes. [+]

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