Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

A Public Reply to The Daily Telegraph (II)

Sunday, 18 october 2009 | Daily Telegraph
The theory of Columbus’s Catalan origin that you refer to in your article of October 14, 2009 (“Christopher Columbus writings prove he was Spanish, claims study”) is not new. It was first proposed many years ago and scholars from different countries have been regularly adding new elements that make it ever more plausible. But it is truly inaccurate to say that a Catalan Columbus would have been “Spanish”, just as it would be inaccurate to say that America was discovered and colonized by “Spain”. [+]

A Public Reply to The Guardian / The Observer

Tuesday, 13 october 2009 | The Guardian
Dear Sirs, We have noticed in your article on bullfights in Barcelona (“Bullfighting finds a messiah as ban in Barcelona looms”, Sunday 11 October) an unattributed quote – a misquote in fact – from a letter that we sent as a reply to an earlier piece in the New York Times. This is the full text of that letter, with the relevant parts in with the relevant parts highlighted: “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. [+]

Difusió a premsa

Monday, 12 october 2009 | Premsa
La resposta del Col·lectiu Emma al The New York Times arran el seu article sobre Catalunya i les curses de braus ha tingut una difusió interessant: primer El Mundo va parlar del "Colectivo Emma" en el seu article "Los toros en Barcelona, ¿punto final?" i després el diari britànic The Guardian, en el seu article "Bullfighting finds a messiah as ban in Barcelona looms" ha explicat la resposta del Col·lectiu Emma (sense citar el nom del col·lectiu, però fent una traducció bastant literal de l'article d'El Mundo on parla de nosaltres): ". [+]

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. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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