Professor seeks to enrich world with Catalonia’s literary legacy

Catalan MonitorSFGate

Joan Ramon Resina, by Sant Francisco Gate

The San Francisco Gate reports on the figure of Joan Ramon Resina, Catalonia-born literature professor at Stanford. “Even American scholars who criticized Franco “replicated the Francoist suppression of Catalan culture/literature in their programs,” professor Resina said in an interview.

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Breaking up is hard to do

Catalan MonitorEUobserver

EUobserver on Catalonia

The overwhelming Yes among those who voted is likely to stiffen the resolve of Mas and his supporters to demand a binding referendum in the future.

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Ten Elections to Watch in 2015

Catalan MonitorNewsweek

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A subsidiary factor in the [Spanish] election could be the future of Catalonia. Rajoy has been a fierce opponent of Catalan secession, a position that plays well in much of the country, excepting Catalonia of course.

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Spagna: Costituzione in cerca di autore

Catalan MonitorQ Code Magazine

Q CODE MAG on Catalonia

It is significant that, according to data by the CIS, from 1998 to 2012 the majority of Catalans gradually begin to turn away from the constitutional text, with an acceleration precisely from 2008 onwards.

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Results of the Referendum

Catalan MonitorSputnik

Sputnik on Catalonia

Each year we make choices that affect our future – even more so when these choices are made by entire nations. In 2014 several regions around the world faced a dilemma – autonomy or unity.

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The Remarkable Year in Protests

Catalan MonitorCityLab

CityLab on Catalonia

A pro-independence protestor with a placard reading “My name is Catalonia” sits in front of Catalonia’s regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside in Barcelona on January 16, 2014.

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New king says corruption must be eliminated

Catalan MonitorAP

AP on Catalonia

Aiming to reduce secessionist fervor in Catalonia, Felipe said Catalans who speak their own language and pride themselves with a culture they say is distinct are an important part of Spain’s social fabric.

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Podemos courts the Catalan vote

Catalan MonitorEl País

Podemos' Pablo Iglesias

The leaders of Spain’s emerging political force, Podemos, visited Catalonia on Sunday to try to convince voters that they are a credible alternative to the unionist-secessionist dilemma.

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Catalonia court opens investigation of mock independence vote

Catalan MonitorJurist

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The formal investigation will center on Catalonia’s President Artus Mas, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Joana Ortega and Education Minister Irene Rigau for their roles in organizing or facilitating the November 9 vote.

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Spain investigates Catalonia leader over independence vote

Catalan MonitorRussia Today

Artur Mas (Russia Today)

Catalonia’s high court said Monday it is going to open an investigation into the alleged disobedience of regional president Artur Mas for holding a symbolic independence referendum in November in defiance of Madrid’s opposition.

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Spain’s state prosecutor steps down after spat over Catalonia

Catalan MonitorReuters

Reuters

Torres-Dulce had fought for the independence of his role when the central government pressed him to bring a lawsuit against Catalan head Artur Mas for going ahead with a symbolic vote on secession from Spain after Madrid blocked a full-blown referendum in the courts.

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Joan M. Tresserras: ‘The dominant narrative’

Catalan MonitorAra

Joan Manuel Tresserras

“In the aftermath of 9N, and with all positions inventoried, Catalan politics seems to be temporarily trapped in the moment and the space of tactics. For this reason we must raise our eyes and take in a wider field of view–both backwards and forwards.”

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Mas and Junqueras in parliamentary showdown

Catalan MonitorVilaweb

Mas and Junqueras at the Catalan parliament (Vilaweb)

Asked by ERC’s leader whether he would call elections before year-end, the Catalan president responds that he would if they would be tantamount to a de facto referendum.

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Agreement on plebiscite elections in Catalonia imminent

Catalan MonitorLa Clau

Voters in Barcelona

Five weeks after the socio-political bomb of November 9, the president of the autonomous government in Barcelona has promised to reveal the resumption of the sovereignist process just after Christmas. His partner ERC is set to listen very carefully.

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Catalan independence: one month to find an electoral arrangement

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Catalan pro-independence parties (Credits: CDC)

Catalan pro-independence parties are under increasing pressure to find the formula allowing them to pursue the next step towards an independent state. Although the Catalan elections are scheduled for 2016, few doubt that an early vote will likely be held during 2015 as the only way out of the current political stalemate.

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ERC extends a hand, for now

Catalan MonitorCatalonia Today

Catalonia Today

The passage of the Generalitat’s budget for 2015 could go ahead thanks to a gesture of support from ERC, which this newspaper reported on Saturday, after an internal debate to find a way to prioritise the social axis of consensus defended by the republicans and maintain the forward momentum of the sovereignty process.

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“Unas pocas cosas” (a few minor incidents)

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Yet more political corruption throughout Spain; calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation; a new left-wing party challenging bipartisan politics. Is the Spanish electorate ready to change the rules of the game?

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What is Catalan and where is it spoken?

Catalan MonitorHelp Catalonia

Catalan language map, by Help Catalonia

The linguistic domain extends over 68,000 square kilometres in four European states: Andorra; Spain (Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and Murcia); France and Italy.

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How To Do It: Follow American Example

Catalan MonitorTown Hall

Town Hall on Catalan and Scottish independence

The rage for secession continues to sputter — from Scotland to Catalonia — and to threaten long-established political systems that have preserved peace and stability by keeping nations unified.

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