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What Catalan secessionists do not understand about Brexit

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: “Lo que los independentistas catalanes no entienden del Brexit”. Marta García Aller. El Independiente. 10/02/2019 Updated 11/02/19 – 00: 03 Catalan secessionists do not understand, or they do not want to understand, what the purpose of a referendum is. The best evidence of this is that they always propose as an […]

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#JuicioProcés: The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, the strategies of the defendants and the yellow ribbons

Originally published in Spanish: #JuicioProcés: La competencia del TS, las estrategias de defensa y los lazos amarillos . Hay Derecho 18 february, 2019 On February 3 we announced our intention to tell the story of the «Trial of the Procés» (more precisely, the trial of the acts committed by some people in the aforementioned process), and […]

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Carlos Alsina interviews Joaquim Torra

Onda Cero. “Más de Uno”. February 13, 2019Full transcription. Photo by Onda Cero CARLOS ALSINA: Here with us now is Joaquim Torra, President of the Regional Government of Catalonia. Good morning, Mr Torra JOAQUIM TORRA: Good morning CA: Thanks for being here JT: Thanks to you CA: [Former President] Puigdemont’s favorite, Vicar of Puigdemont, Puigdemont’s […]

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20 Quotes from the Prosecution that Knocked Down the Defense’s “political trial” claim.

Photo by Peter Lewicki on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: “Las 20 frases de la Fiscalía que han tumbado el ‘juicio político’ de las defensas”. Ángela Martialay y Antonio Salvador. El Independiente. 1 – “The right to decide belongs to the Spanish people as a whole”. 2 – “What belongs to all of us is not […]

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Full text of Mario Vargas Llosa’s resignation letter from PEN Club International

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: “Carta íntegra de la renuncia de Mario Vargas Llosa al PEN Club Internacional”. Mario Vargas Llosa. ABC.   Madrid, January 22nd 2019. Mrs. Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International Esteemed Jennifer, I hereby surrender my irrevocable resignation from PEN International, of which I was president […]

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An interview to Joaquim Coll: “The exclusion of Spanish in the schools is a nonsense”

Originally published in Spanish: «Entrevista a Joaquim Coll: “La exclusión del castellano en la escuela es un despropósito”. Óscar Benítez. El Catalán.es. 1st January 2019 The historian Joaquim Coll (Barcelona, 1967) was vice-president of Sociedad Civil Catalana and one of the promoters of Federalistes d’Esquerres. Also a columnist, he currently writes for media such as […]

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Judicial authoritarianism and political sciences

Photo by Johannes Hofmann on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: «Autoritarismo judicial y ciencia política”. Fernando Jiménez Sánchez. El Mundo. 24th December 2018 Spanish politics has given the world some widespread words such as liberal, guerrilla or pronunciamiento, to mention the most famous. The latest creation of the Spanish genius is the phrase “judicial authoritarianism”. […]

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Inebriated political scientists

Photo by Snowy Vin on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: “Politólogos borrachos”. José Ignacio Torreblanca. El Mundo. 15th December 2018 Doctors do not intentionally harm their patients. Reporters do not make up news. Police agents do not fabricate evidence. Judges do not accept bribes. Each profession has a Hippocratic core which they can not violate. What about political scientists? […]

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The nationalism of Torra and Milosevic is the only thing that binds Catalonia and Slovenia together

Photo by Jean-Guy Nakars on Unsplash Originally published in Spanish: “El nacionalismo de Torra y Milosevic, lo único que une a Cataluña y Eslovenia”. Ana Alonso. El Independiente. 10th December 2018 “The only thing that binds Catalonia and Slovenia together is the essentialist nationalism of Torra and of the Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic”, says Ruth Ferrero-Turrión, professor of Political […]

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