“The Yellows” Film No.1: The Jordis

Catalan MonitorArticles, Feature

The first of a series of short films on the current political crisis around independence in Catalonia. This film deals with the plight of “The Jordis”, two leaders of peaceful civic organisations, currently in preventative detention awaiting trial for outdated charges of “rebellion” and “sedition”.

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Rivera’s right-wingers yellow ribbon removal campaign backfires and sets #RiveraQuitameEste trending

Catalan MonitorArticles

Albert River and Ines Arrimadas’s Ciudadanos Party has been removing yellow ribbons honouring Catalan political prisoners publically. Far from garnering support for the far-right party, they’ve drawn the ire of vocal progressives all around Spain, and social networks are alive with humour daring Rivera to try to “take these ones off me”.

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The Spanish Army: untouchable de facto power

Catalan MonitorArticles, History, Vilaweb

Editorial: The Spanish Army remains a stronghold of far-right, ultra-nationalist thinking and action, having seen no ideological change since the transition from Franco’s dictatorship. They continue to reward those who persecute minorities, having rewarded those who in the 1980s attempted coups against the fledgling Spanish democracy, as well as expressing support for General Francisco Franco, in 2018.

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Felipe VI is obliged to shake Joaquim Forn’s wife’s hand

Catalan MonitorArticles

President of the Generalitat Quim Torra had Laura Masvidal stand in for Joaquim Form, highlighting the absence of the man who oversaw the security services in the aftermath of the August 17th terror attacks, subsequently imprisoned for his involvement in the October 2017 referendum.

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Aznar seems to be starting to see it clearly

Catalan MonitorArticles, Vilaweb

The sentence, the construction, the way he formulates it denotes so much despair that it gives meaning to the previous sentence: if you give nationalism (Catalan, he means) the chance to win elections, it will always win them.

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Three Nazi war criminals whom democratic Spain never extradited to Germany

Catalan MonitorArticles

The PP party member and MEP, Esteban González Pons had the gall to write a letter to MEPs stating “No Spanish judge would dare to give refuge to a German trying to break the constitutional order” and “Spain belongs to Europe. We believe in this common European project and we are prepared to fight for it. But this Union is only possible if we can have trust between members and if we support each other when one of us is being attacked. That is what Europe means.”

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New York Times Editorial: The Catalonia Dispute Ensnares Germany

Catalan MonitorArticles

The Editorial Board of the New York Times, while not explicitly in favour of Catalan independence, asserts that accusing Puigdemont of “using force” is false, and condemns the cynical stretching of definitions of felonies such as “rebellion” and “treason”, currently being perpetrated by the Spanish government. They suggest a “conciliatory gesture towards Catalonia”.

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Understanding the Authority of the Speaker of Parliament

Catalan MonitorArticles

Javier Perez Royo, professor of Constitutional Law of the University of Seville explains that accepting Torrent’s decision on the investiture of a President of Catalonia is mandatory and unquestionable, even for a Supreme Court judge, according to constitutional law.

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The King is Scared, and rightly so

Catalan MonitorArticles

King Felipe VI is right to be frightened by the level of anti-monarchist sentiment at present in Catalonia. His flaws are multitudinous in comparison to his predecessor, and his standing as a consensus figure is in tatters.

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