Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Michael McCarthy: Minor languages, major importance (The Independent)

Tuesday, 10 november 2009 | The Independent
We would like to acknowledge Mr. Michael McCarthy´s sympathetic view of minority languages (“Minor languages, major importance”, November 10, 2009) as an encouraging departure from the dismissive and mostly groundless opinions that are frequently heard on this issue. We don´t necessarily share, however, his optimistic assessment of EU policies on the matter, not to mention those of state governments, always more intent on promoting the languages of their respective majorities. [+]

Sobre la resposta a The Times

Monday, 9 november 2009 | The Times
En la resposta A Public Reply to The Times des del Col·lectiu Emma pel seu article "Johan Cruyff, new coach of Catalan football team, refuses to speak Catalan" clarifiquem algunes afirmacions desafortundades sobre el català i sobre les seleccions esportives catalanes. Així expliquem que a pesar de l'ampli suport a favor de les seleccions oficials catalanes, aquestes no poden competir internacionalment (a l'igual que fan altres nacions sense estat, com Escòcia) per l'acció política del govern espanyol. [+]

A Public Reply to The Times

Monday, 9 november 2009 | The Times
We are not sure that the article of November 5, 2009, about Catalan football (“Johan Cruyff, new coach of Catalan football team, refuses to speak Catalan”) has been given the most appropriate title. Mr. Cruyff himself is on record admitting that his linguistic abilities do not match his prowess as a footballer, so it shouldn’t really matter whether he chooses to communicate with his players in Catalan, Dutch, English or his famously idiosyncratic brand of Spanish. The real story is that having his name associated with the Catalan side will publicize the existence of a not inconsiderable team from a stateless nation that, unlike, say, Scotland or, yes, the Faroe Islands, is not allowed to compete internationally. [+]

A Public Reply to the Jerusalem Post

Thursday, 5 november 2009 | Jerusalem Post
Regarding your article of November 3, 2009, about Columbus’s Catalan and possibly Jewish origin ("Columbus was Catalan, possibly Jewish, Georgetown professor says"), we would like to draw your attention to our comment ("A Public Reply to The Daily Telegraph (II)") on a previous story published by The Daily Telegraph on the same issue. Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalan professionals living in different countries who have made it their job to try and set the record straight on news items published in the international press relating to different aspects of the Catalan economy and society. [+]

Resposta pública a Neue Zürcher Zeitung (en alemany) (II)

Wednesday, 4 november 2009 | Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, Bezüglich Ihres Artikels „Unterwegs zum Stierkampf-freien Spanien“, erschienen am 1.November 2009, möchten wir Sie auf folgendes hinweisen: Der Stierkampf – auch Nationales Fest genannt- ist eins von den bekanntesten spanischen Traditionen. Jedoch können wir sie nicht als katalanische Tradition betrachten: dieser Brauch hat in den katalanischen Kultur keine Wurzel und findet keinen Beifall in der katalanischen Bevölkerung. [+]

Resposta pública a Neue Zürcher Zeitung (en català) (II)

Wednesday, 4 november 2009 | Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Apreciats senyors: En relació al seu article "Unterwegs zum Stierkampf-freien Spanien", publicat l'1 de novembre del 2009, voldríem fer les següents puntualitzacions:   La festa del braus, també anomenada a Espanya “festa nacional”, és una de les més conegudes tradicions espanyoles, però de cap manera podem considerar-la una tradició de Catalunya, on no està arrelada entre la població ni gaudeix de gaire suport. [+]

Barcelona’s Hidden Courtyards

Tuesday, 3 november 2009 | New York Times
Reproduïm l'article "Barcelona’s Hidden Courtyards" publicat al New York Times on es parla de forma positiva de Barcelona (tot i que com a crítica l'article utilitza molts topònims en castellà). Aquest article contrasta amb altres articles publicats recentment sobre Barcelona on, amb raó, critiquen la degradació de la ciutat (esperem que es posi fil a l'agulla!). ****** Barcelona’s Hidden Courtyards IF you’ve walked in the creamy Barcelona sunlight through the streets around the Paseo de Gracia, you will be no stranger to the elegant charm of the Eixample, the imposing 19th-century grid that is the city’s geographical and architectural heart. [+]

Reply to the Boston Review

Sunday, 25 october 2009 | Boston Review
Un bon amic del Col·lectiu Emma, el senyor Toni Strubell, ha fet arribar una resposta a Boston Review presentant el punt de vista català sobre la qüestió de la memòria històrica a propòsit de l'article "The Memory That Will Not Die". Ens ha semblat oportú reproduir la seva resposta.   L'article de Julius Purcell, malgrat ser escrit a Barcelona, omet Catalunya i té el següent paràgraf com a única referència al nostre país: I live in Barcelona, whose leftist regional government is one of the few in Spain to have enthusiastically embraced historical memory. [+]

Sobre la resposta a Time Magazine

Monday, 19 october 2009 | Time Magazine
Des del Col·lectiu Emma hem volgut felicitar a Time Magazine pel tractament objectiu de la informació relacionada amb el rebuig majoritari de les curses de braus a Catalunya en el seu article "Spain's Catalonia Moves to Ban Bullfighting", que contrasta amb la visió nacionalista espanyola que se sol donar tant en la premsa espanyola com en algun mitjà internacional (com per exemple fa poc el The New York Times, que va motivar una resposta del Col·lectiu Emma). [+]

A Public Reply to Time Magazine

Monday, 19 october 2009 | Time Magazine
Your report of October 16, 2009 about bullfights in Barcelona (“Spain’s Catalonia Moves to Ban Bullfighting”) contrasts favorably with some stories on the subject that have appeared in the Spanish press and at least in one international publication (see article in The New York Times and Col·lectiu Emma’s reply). Those stories tend to give credence to the views of Spanish nationalists seeking to portray the anti-bullfighting initiative as a politically-motivated and almost seditious act. [+]

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