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24 d’abr. 2017

Westminster



Westminster, April 20 2017

My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’ve been asked to explain what the present state of affairs is as regards the claim of a very large part of the Catalan people to the full sovereignty of their country.

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23 d’abr. 2017

MIDAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING - English

SATURDAY, 22 APRIL 2017
Hotel AYRE Caspe, Casp 103
9.45 Presentation by Miquel Strubell, sociolinguist

Ladies and gentleman,
First of all, thanks to the organizers to make it possible for you to hear, those of you that want to, interventions made in the language that for a thousand years has characterized the Catalan people. It is a practical gesture of recognition of the value you associate to linguistic diversity and its conservation. As those of you that know me know, English is my mother tongue (I should say, “father tongue!") and it would not have been a problem for me to give this address in English. On behalf of the many people that defend these values, thanks again!


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22 d’abr. 2017

MIDAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING - Catalan

SATURDAY, 22 APRIL 2017
Hotel AYRE Caspe, 
carrer de Casp 103
Barcelona
9.45 Presentation by Miquel Strubell, sociolinguist
http://estudiscatalans.blogspot.com/2017/04/midas.html
Senyores i senyors,
Primer de tot, gràcies als organitzadors de fer possible que sentiu, els que vulgueu, intervencions fetes en la llengua que des de fa mil anys ha caracteritzat el poble català. És un gest de reconeixement pràctic del valor que associeu a la diversitat lingüística i a la seva conservació. Com els que em coneixeu sabeu prou bé, l’anglès és la meva llengua materna (hauria de dir, paterna”!) i no m’hauria presentat cap problema adreçar-vos aquestes paraules en anglès. En nom dels molts que defensem aquests valors, gràcies de nou!

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5 d’abr. 2017

Carn Crua

Font: S’Arenal de Mallorca, número 186, 1 de gener de 1990, pp. 3-6

Els forasters estan mal acostumats. Avesats a tallar i a cosir, a manar i a imposar els seus criteris als indígenes, sempre s'han comportat com si fossin els amos de les ametles i dels ametlerars. Llegim a La Roqueta l'any 1887: "una cateyfa de forastés, des qui mos tractan de gent per conquistà, y a sa nostra roqueta la ténen per un corral de bous" (1). Ara, però, quan comproven que els negrets recuperen el sentit de la dignitat, l'autoestima i l'esperit de col·lectivitat, se desfan amb grans escarafalls, s'esqueixen els colls de la camisa i gisquen com una porcelleta tendra a qui han trepitjat la coa. La proposició no de llei aprovada dia 13 de desembre de 1989 pel Parlament de Catalunya i signada pels partits polítics CiU, CDS, IC i ERC, ha fet esclatar un talabastaix aborronador com poques vegades hem vist i que, és de preveure, a partir d'ara s'anirà repetint i accentuant. L'esmentada proposició deia el següent:

Machine Translation

The current limitations of machine translators can be visualised in this text, which Esther Vives Oriol, "Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Antropología, Graduate Student" has uploaded onto the www.academia.edu data base.

Unfortunately the - probably highly documented - Bibliographic references section is missing at the end of the text, perhaps because it did not have to be translated.


11 de març 2017

Critical analysis of amendments to Spain’s Constitutional Court: Venice Commission

Full opinion to be made available on Monday 13 March
Press communiqué
11/3/2017
"In an opinion that has been adopted on Friday, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission concludes that Spain should improve certain amendments to the Organic Law on its Constitutional Court, which attribute to the Court the task to execute its own judgments, although it also notes that these amendments do not contradict European standards. The new powers attributed to the Court include the suspension of officials refusing to implement judgments.

9 de març 2017

11 de des. 2016

Forcadell On Trial

Catalan News Monitor, December 12, 2016.
http://catalanmonitor.com/2016/12/12/forcadell-on-trial/

On December 6th fifteen Members of the UK Parliament put to the House of Commons an early day motion deploring the way Spain is treating the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Carme Forcadell. In October 2016 the public prosecutor was advised by the Constitutional Court "to take the necessary criminal action, as they see fit", on grounds of contempt of court, for defying its ban on the outcome of an ad hoc committee being debated by the House. The chief prosecutor, Consuelo Madrigal, was looking forward to this: she had already stated in September that she was ready to prosecute Forcadell.

18 de set. 2016

The history of Spain, from the earliest ages of which we have any authentic records, to the return of Ferdinand VII in 1814.

By Frances Thurtle (1890)
https://books.google.es/books?id=-GAUAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA349&lpg=PA349&dq=duke+of+popoli&source=bl&ots=GkOfN-y7Rg&sig=97EGwqVT_CQ1MigHrhXVyCongoc&hl=ca&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiX7tWm7pbPAhWC1xQKHdxIB0MQ6AEIUzAI#v=onepage&q=Catalans&f=false 

Book 5, p. 355
The emperor, who had rejected these overtures for a general peace; and Philip, who had refused to sign the treaty from the absurd wish of erecting a principality for the princess Ursino, were, at length, willing to contribute to a general pacification, and of the 6th of March, A.D. 1714, the former consented to sign the Treaty of Rastadt, and the latter, much about the same time, agreed to ratify the articles of the treaty of Utrecht.

13 de set. 2016

References to the Catalans in "The History of England. Volume 4". By Rev. N. Tindal. 1745


p. 380
...are likewise ordered to use their endeavours to induce the Catalans to join with them in their undertakings; and, to animate that people to prosecute their liberty with more vigour, they are impowered to assure them of the Queen's support, and to promise them, in the Queen's name, that she will ….


Report to the Committee of Secrecy Papers concerning the Catalans. R. Walpole

from the Committee of Secrecy,
Appointed by Order of the House of Commons
to examine Several Books and Papers laid before the House, relating to the late Negotiations of Peace and Commerce, & c.

Reported on the Ninth of June, 1715

By the RIGHT HONOURABLE
ROBERT WALPOLE, Esq.;
CHAIRMAN of the Said COMMITTEE