Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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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. [+]

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. [+]

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. [+]

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. [+]

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. [+]

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. [+]

Letter to NYT Arts Editor

Sunday, 4 october 2009 | New York Times
From Jodi Neufeld Gimeno Dear New York Times Arts Editor, I suggest that you take a second look at your article about the decline of bullfighting in Catalonia. In the interest of romanticizing a Spanish cultural anachronism, your staff writer Michael Kimmelman appropriated issues of Catalan nationalism and regional politics that have little to do with the bullfighting debate. I am an American living in Barcelona, and I can tell you that while my Catalan friends and family are certainly anti-bullfighting, their feelings on the issue have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that bullfighting is a Spanish tradition. [+]

Better than Catalonia

Sunday, 27 september 2009 | Haaretz
By Alexander Yakobson In Catalonia the national conflict is easier to live with. Aluf Benn watched a torch procession last week that was held under the motto "Catalonia is not Spain" and felt quite envious such a demonstration could take place without causing undue excitement, as people went on with life as usual. Indeed, the national struggle in Catalonia is conducted without violence and in a peaceful atmosphere. The struggle in the Basque Country, by contrast, is marked by nationalist violence; the atmosphere is less relaxed. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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