“You, a convicted minister!” – namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament

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"You, a convicted minister!" - namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament (openDemocracy)

One thing is certain: the courts’ repeated rulings against Rigau’s ministry do sound a bit biased; they don’t  acknowledge the awesome job that’s been carried out in Catalonia – bilingualism can now be universally achieved: a synaptic feast. In a land where the levers of power have lately been in the hands of native Catalan speakers, making the language available to everyone is an act of generosity.

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

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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

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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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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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What is Catalan and where is it spoken?

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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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Barcelona braces for massive demonstration for Catalan language at school

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

More than 40 groups that make up the umbrella organisation Som Escola (“We’re school”) are calling for a historic demonstration in defence of Catalan language education at school. The event is expected to draw thousands from across Catalonia. Indeed, the protest has been called by teachers’ unions, parents associations, school & college federations and folklore groups.

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One month in hunger strike for Catalan

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Jaume Sastre’s hunger strike goes on after 30 days. The Majorcan teacher has already lost 15kg since he started his fast one month ago, as he recently explained in his blog. Sastre’s blog … Read More

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

In a shocking statement, journalist Román Piña recently wrote in a column at El Mundo, one of Spain’s major papers, that “he hates” those school teachers & students protesting in the Balearic Islands in favour of Catalan language at school, and that “it would cheer him up” if they were “murdered”.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The main Catalan civil organisation advocating for independence, Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC, or Catalan National Assembly) has launched the campaign “We Are Ready for Independence” seeking to convince the undecided, … Read More

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