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19 de set. 2021

Article by Odei A.-Etxearte on the virtual impossibility of a legal referendum on Catalan self-determination (17 SEPT 2021)

Article by Odei A.-Etxearte in Vilaweb on the virtual impossibility of a legal referendum on Catalan self-determination, given the restrictive case-law of the Spanish Constitutional Court. I hope she authorizes this English translation (by M.S.)

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16 de set. 2021

Pere Cardús argues that confrontation on the Catalan side is essential (15 SEP 2021)

In his Twitter thread, Pere Cardús argues that unless there is confrontation in the Catalan side at the table of dialogue, the negotiation will be doomed to failure. This is an English translation: I hope the author doesn't mind.

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Twitter thread by @cat_nordic on coming months (20 JUL 2021)

Here is an English translation of a Twitter thread by @cat_nordic on events she expects in the coming months. I hope she doesn't mind.
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Are all points of view equally valid? (26 May 2020)

A friend sent this to me. He's unsure about the source. I found the earliest posting of this text here:
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5 de set. 2021

A Twitter thread by Xavi Domenech on Spain's new offensive against the Catalan independence movement, using the NYT (4 SEPT 2021)

An English translation (by M. Strubell, woth the author's permission) of a Twitter thread by Xavi Domenech on Spain's new offensive against president Puigdemont's entourage (especially Prof. J. L. Alay) Catalan independence movement, using the NYT  (4 SEPT 2021)

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Lawyer Gonzalo Boye's article on the illegal dissemination of the contents of Prof. Alay's mobile phone (5 SEPT 2021)

The illegal dissemination of the contents of Prof, Alay's mobile phone, by a court or the Spanish police, is a direct attack on citizens' fundamental rights.
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10 d’ag. 2021

Xavier Domènech accuses Spanish politicians and media of having whipped up a media storm against the Catalans (15 JULY 2021)

A strongly-worded article by Xavier F. Domènech accusing Spanish politicians and media of having whipped up a hate storm against the Catalan independence movement. I hope he doesn't mind my publishing an English version.
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9 d’ag. 2021

An article by Dolors Feliu on the next steps on the road to independence [20 JUL 2021]

An article by lawyer Dolors Feliu on the pitfalls in the next steps on the road to independence. She has kindly authorized this English translation.
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An article by @GemmaLinan, translated into English, on Spain's on-going repression of the #Catalan independence movement through the courts (25 JULY 2021)

Journalist Gemma Liñán explains how Spain's judicial strategy against the process is crumbling because of the lack of evidence. 
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Twitter thread by Ramir De Porrata-Doria, on the coming "dialogue" with Spain (24 JULY 2021)

Here is a Twitter thread by Ramir De Porrata-Doria, arguing that the Catalans need to play their hand carefully in the coming "dialogue" with Spain, that many see doomed to failure. 

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1 d’ag. 2021

Los Sres. Puigdemont (MEP), Ponsatí (MEP) i Comín (MEP) demandan al Parlamento Europeo, por ocho motivos (18 MAY 2021)

Ha sido comentado una decisión del Tribunal General de la UE, maliciosamente mal interpretada por la prensa española. He aquí los motivos de la demanda inicial.

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21 de jul. 2021

Twitter thread by Albert Royo (20 JUL 2021)

A dramatic call by one of the 30+ politicaians and high ranking officials of the Government, who have to pay exorbitant sums of money ahead of the final decision of the highly politicized "Tribunal de Cuentas", equivalent to Courts of Auditors elsewhere, though with very few economists and accountants among its members, who include at least one former minister. 

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6 de jul. 2021

Incredulidad por el discurso de Sáenz de Santamaría sobre Cataluña y el Diplocat (17 DIC 2017)

Incredulidad por el discurso de Sáenz de Santamaría sobre Cataluña. Críticas a la vicepresidenta por alardear de haber "descabezado" a ERC y Junts per Catalunya. Huffington Post, 17 DEC 2017.
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3 de jul. 2021

El MH President Artur Mas, el 9N i el Tribunal de Comptes (3 JUL 2021)

He llegit que el "Tribunal de Ajuste de Cuentas" subhastarà un habitatge del MH president Artur Mas. Però també llegeixo que TOTA la fiança que se li reclamava (a ell i les altres víctimes) s'havia recollit pel per la Caixa de Solidaritat, i dipositat al Tribunal. No és així?

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29 de juny 2021

AE

TO ALL MEMBERS OF ACADEMIA EUROPAEA

Our distinguished colleague the international Economics scholar Professor Andreu Mas-Colell, is facing legal action by the Spanish authorities for events during his time serving the community in Catalonia as a Minister of Economy. (Andreu Mas-Colell is a former winner of the AE Erasmus Medal, a former AE Trustee, a former Secretary General of the European Research Council and he was a driving force behind the world class ICREA and establishment of the University Pompeu Fabra).


From Prof. Jose Domingues Abrascal (sent 26 June 2021)

Dear Executive Secretary, dear Professor Coates,

I want to express my stronger opposition and condemnation to the use of the Academia Europaea for the purpose of questioning the rule of law in a democratic country which is member of the EU. It is hard to believe for me that you ask us to sing something without sending complete information about the activities for which Prof Mas-Colell is under investigation and what is the court that is investigating him. For your information it is the “Tribunal de Cuentas” (Public Accounts Court) of Spain.

I am not only surprised but strongly opposed to an action of support of someone under investigation by a court of a democratic country.

1. If you see the Democracy Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the Economist Group (publisher of the weekly newspaper The Economist), Spain is one of the not so many Full Democracies in the world. In the said index Spain is in a higher position than France, Japan, United States or Israel.

2. There is a political wish of part of the population of a region of Spain ( 45% of the population aprox. according to several sources) that would like to be independent.

3. Due to the representation system of the Catalonian parliament (rural areas have more representers than urban areas) political parties for independence control the regional parliament.

4. Spanish constitution does not allow for referendums of independence of different regions. When the Spanish constitution was written in 1978, the German Constitution was taken as a reference for this part of the text. The German constitution that does not allow for such a referendum. Many other democratic countries like the United States have similar treatment of regional referendums a do not allow for such kind of referendum.

5. The United Nations do not recognize self-determination right to regions of democratic countries as Catalonia.

6. The “Tribunal de Cuentas” is in charge a auditing the accounts of the different public administrations and administrators.

7. What the “Tribunal de Cuentas” is analyzing is how much public money was spent in the organization of an illegal referendum that was specifically forbidden by the Constitutional Court of Spain. The referendum and other illegal activities forbidden by the Spanish Constitutional Court was organized in 2017 with the support of the regional government in which Prof. Mas-Colell was responsible for its economic department.

8. Obviously, Prof Mas-Colell is an eminent scientist but the auditing of the accounts of which he was responsible in the government of Catalonia should be out of any doubt. That is the reason why he is under investigation.

9. Catalonia is one of the richest regions of Spain and among the rich regions of the EU. It is well known in economy that unity of market should go together with fiscal solidarity. The basic reason for independence is that since the EU now guaranties the unit of market, any rich region would be better off by not shearing their taxes with other no so rich. The same could be said for municipalities or even neighborhoods.

10. Catalonia is not under any kind of prosecution by the rest of Spain. The political autonomy of Catalonia within Spain is larger than that of any other European region.

I would like to beg you to stop using the Academia Europaea for questioning a democratic country and stop asking its members to sign letters without sending a complete, clear and non- biased information. Any other thing is simply a political activity that should be absolutely outside of the activities of the Academia Europaea.

Yours

Prof. José Dominguez

27 de juny 2021

URGENT: Please sign this petition, to send to Spain's Court of Auditors in protest against repression of 41 Catalans. (27 JUN 2021)

Here is a hasty English translation of this petition to protest against a repressive measure that is unimaginable process in any modern democracy. Please sign the petition!

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23 de juny 2021