Catalan schools boycott Spain’s latest controversial measure on education

Catalan MonitorEl País

Catalan schools boycott Spain's Minister of Education controversial measure

More than 360.000 3rd Grade Spanish students are due to take part on the first ever external examination under the LOMCE, Spain’s new, highly controversial education bill. […] In Catalonia about thirty schools are planning to boycott the test, despite the Ministry’s threat to bring disobedient schools to the courts.

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Politics is still central to Barcelona’s rivalry with Real Madrid

Catalan MonitorFusion

madrid-barca-football-politics-independence

On first glance, the crowd seems fairly homogenous. Yes, the majority are wearing maroon and blue stripes, while one noisy corner tucked into the top of Camp Nou is decked out in white. But the voices sound similar, the faces nearly blend together. At first it’s difficult to believe the spectators are divided by 125 years of history, their political legacies positioning them at opposite ends of a spectrum. It is only when you focus that you notice the flags being waved don’t bear the Spanish shield; that the rippling chants have a dissonance that sends them off-key before finding your ear.

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100 weeks explaining Catalonia on Twitter

Catalan MonitorDIPLOCAT

100 weeks explaining Catalonia on Twitter (DIPLOCAT)

The Twitter account, @CatalanVoices, welcomes its 100th participant this week. The Colombian musicologist Patricia Caicedo, who lives in Catalonia and will tweet this week from the @CatalanVoices Twitter account, is the 100th participant of a project that began exactly 100 weeks ago with American publisher Liz Castro, editor of the book “What’s up with Catalonia?”.

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Grassroots group ACPV will denounce Spain’s linguistic “supremacism” before UN

Catalan MonitorLa Veu del País Valencià

Valencian language at the UN

Following a session evaluating the state of human rights in Spain, which took place last January 21 in Geneve, the voice of Valencians will be heard at the UN headquarters next June. This has been possible thanks to the legal support by the European Network for Linguistic Equality (ELEN), which enabled Valencian grassroots groups Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) and Escola Valenciana (EV) to took part at the working sessions.

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Catalan literature boom

Catalan MonitorCatalonia Today

Catalan literature (Catalonia Today)

It is a project that began years ago and is being carried out by a team of professionals from different sectors coordinated under the umbrella of the Ramon Llull Institute. The fact is that this joint effort has borne fruit and Catalan literature is today known abroad as never before, with over a hundred translations per year, most of which receive economic support from the Llull.

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Review: Victus – The Fall of Barcelona, by Albert Sánchez Pinol

Catalan MonitorIrish Times

Catalan independence (Irish Times)

Spanish prime mariano Rajoy recently went to Paris to express his support for freedom of expression in the wake of the horrific killings there. Last September the Instituto Cervantes was due to launch the Dutch edition of Victus. Just days before it was due to be held, the Spanish embassy in the Netherlands ordered that the launch be cancelled.

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Spain’s Partido Popular’s snide attacks on Catalan

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Valencian thinker Joan Fuster

Spain’s ruling conservative fears a powerful, united Catalan-Valencian language and will do everything possible to keep them separate. The 11.5 million-strong language is regarded as a regional language; its status is hence hierarchically inferior. That’s not the result of EU shortsightedness, but the upshot of manoeuvering from Madrid.

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Barcelona Design Museum: Homage to Catalonia

Catalan MonitorThe Economist

Barcelona Design Museum, The Economist

Catalans tend to be proud of their region’s history, language and achievements, and it is no surprise that Catalan art is the focus of the Barcelona Design Museum. This newly opened institute brings together 70,000 pieces that were previously housed in four museums devoted to different aspects of the subject

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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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FC Barcelona state support to referendum

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

FC Barcelona give support to Catalan National Pact for Self-Determination http://t.co/o0DZfuxwHJ pic.twitter.com/lPJAG1D9Jr — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 10, 2014 Representatives of Football Club Barcelona have made public the team’s engagement with the Pacte Nacional pel … Read More

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Catalans raise human towers in Europe

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

In yet another unique demonstration for self-determination, thousands of Catalans travelled over the weekend to eight different European cities –Brussels, London, Geneva, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Rome, Barcelona–, plus several other Catalan towns, … Read More

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

In a context in which open support to the independence cause tends to be rather scarce –at least publicly–, the Liberal International unapologetically endorsed the Catalans’ right to self-determination and … Read More

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Catalonia to forge ahead with referendum on independence | Financial Times (behind paywall) Catalonia’s president has vowed to press ahead with a fiercely contentious referendum on independence from Spain, warning that he … Read More

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catalan MonitorSpecial Report

Saint George, or Sant Jordi in Catalan, is perhaps Catalonia’s biggest non-bank holiday day. Although it looks as just another working day on the calendar, April 23 is celebrated all across … Read More

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Many in Catalonia see 2014 as a historic year. Profoundly symbolic –Barcelona fell to Spain’s Philip V troops in 11 September 1714 – and in a social and political context … Read More

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