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JF Kennedy
Lithuania Tribune | Opinion: Would Kennedy say “I am a Catalonian” today?
The Scots were recognised as a fully-fledged nation, one that has the same rights as other European nations do. At the same time, most European politicians choose cowardly silence when the same is demanded by Catalonians – an equally ancient, respected and large nation. It suddenly turns out that a principle that applies to one nation is not applicable to another. Once again – all are equal, but some are more equal than others.

AFP (via Zeenews) | Army of volunteers canvasses for Catalan independence
Knocking on neighbours` doors in central Barcelona, 46-year-old engineer Jaime Gutierrez and retiree Toni Vinas, 74, are out canvassing their fellow Catalans to vote Yes to independence from Spain.

BBC | Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle?
The conservative Popular Party (PP) in power in Madrid under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a “recentralising” Spanish-patriotic agenda, and Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert, has spoken of the need to “espanolizar” [or Spanish-ise] Catalan children.

Vilaweb | Impressive pots and pans ‘casserole protest’ in favour of the 9-N
Last night the sound of pots and pans rang out in many towns of Catalonia as a spontaneous reaction to the suspension by the Spanish Constitutional Court of the voting on 9 November.

Financial Times | Defiant Catalan leader relishes referendum
The leader of Catalonia’s grass-roots independence movement has no doubt that voters will have their say on the Spanish region’s political future this Sunday, just as planned. If that means defying the government in Madrid, and ignoring a ruling by Spain’s highest court, then so be it.

NPR | New Generation Of Catalonian Separatists Looks To Future, Not Past
It’s not only [to] change one flag, it’s [to] change all these things that aren’t working now,” he says. “We tried — my mother, my father, their generation, my generation — tried to make good relations with Spain. We tried for 40 years. But it’s not possible to change the political system in Spain. We have the opportunity for change with the independence of Catalonia.” 

Forbes | Strong Support For Catalonian Independence In The Run Up To Symbolic Vote [Infographic] Support for independence from Spain, or independentisme , remained at a steady 15 percent for many years before skyrocketing over the past five years amid deep distrust between Catalonia and the rest of the country. 

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Help Catalonia | The Catalan Government: an Historical and Democratic Legitimacy
A review by MP Josep Bargalló of what legitimacy does the Catalan government have to call a referendum, on historical and democratic grounds.

The Conversation | It’s unofficial, but Catalonia’s independence vote has the power to prompt change
nstead of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of separation, opponents on both sides have spent much of the past two years arguing about whether or not the Catalans have the right to vote on such a decision.