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Catalonia Approaches its Moment of Truth

In Catalonia, separatist parliamentarians and civic groups called on President Carles Puigdemont to formally declare independence from fascist Spain by 9:00AM local time Monday, according to the Spanish-language broadsheet El Confidencial, citing unnamed ruling party officials. They want the declaration to firmly state Madrid cannot legally interfere with Catalan sovereignty. The Mariano Rajoy regime gave Puigdemont until 10:00AM Monday to clarify “yes” or “no” on Catalan independence – with ...Read full article...

El Momento de la Verdad para Cataluña

En Cataluña, los parlamentarios y los grupos civiles separatistas pidieron al presidente Carles Puigdemont que declare formalmente su independencia de la España fascista antes de las 9:00 a.m. hora local, de acuerdo con la crónica en español del diario El Confidencial, citando a funcionarios anónimos del partido gobernante. Quieren que la declaración firmemente afirme que Madrid no puede interferir legalmente con la soberanía catalana. El régimen de Mariano Rajoy ...Read full article...

El ultimátum fascista de Madrid a Cataluña

Los regímenes autoritarios no negocian, sino que exigen, sin ofrecer concesiones significativas. España no es una democracia. Es una dictadura política, explotando a su gente para beneficiar a su clase privilegiada – por qué los catalanes quieren la independencia, liberándolos del dominio despótico. El primer ministro español, Mariano Rajoy, dio al presidente de la República Catalana, Carles Puigdemont, cinco días para aclarar si la región declaró independencia o no, ...Read full article...

Fascist Madrid’s Ultimatum with Catalonia

Rogue regimes don’t negotiate. They demand, offering no significant concessions. Spain is no democracy. It’s a political dictatorship, exploiting its people to benefit its privileged class – why Catalans want independence, freeing them from despotic rule. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave Catalan President Carles Puigdemont five days to clarify whether the region declared independence or not, another three days to “rectify” the current standoff – eight days to return ...Read full article...

¿Qué sigue ahora para Catalunya?

El martes, el presidente catalán, Carles Puigemont, y los parlamentarios de mayoría regional declararon su independencia de España, y luego la suspendieron para proseguir el diálogo con Madrid. El documento firmado dice en parte: “Establecemos la República Catalana como un Estado independiente, soberano, legal, democrático y social”. “Cataluña restaura hoy su plena soberanía, perdida y anhelada, tras décadas de intentar, honesta y lealmente, la convivencia institucional con el pueblo ...Read full article...

What Next for Catalonia?

On Tuesday, Catalan President Carles Puigemont and majority regional parliamentarians declared independence from Spain – then suspended it to pursue dialogue with Madrid. The document signed said in part: “We establish the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign, legal, democratic and social state.” “Catalonia restores today its full sovereignty, lost and longed for, after decades of trying, honestly and loyally, institutional coexistence with the people of the Iberian ...Read full article...

Pneumonic Plague that killed 50 Million is Back

Very little sounds more unsettling than the risk of catching “the plague” but most of us think this is just something that was around during the Middle Ages because of poor hygiene. Unfortunately, that’s incorrect, and to prove it, there is an epidemic of the pneumonic plague in Madagascar right now. We all remember reading about The Black Death during history lessons in school. It was a horrific pandemic ...Read full article...

¿La Declaración de Independencia del Estado Catalán es inminente?

La manifestación pro-unidad del domingo en Barcelona fue puesta en escena, orquestada por Madrid, quizá con ayuda de la UE y Estados Unidos. Domingo en la TV3 de Cataluña, el líder de la región, el presidente Carles Puigdemont anunció lo siguiente: “La declaración de independencia, que no llamamos declaración unilateral de independencia, está prevista en la ley de referéndum como aplicación de los resultados. Aplicaremos lo que dice la ...Read full article...

Catalan Declaration of Independence Imminent?

Sunday’s pro-unity rally in Barcelona was staged, orchestrated by Madrid, maybe with EU and US help. Sunday on Catalonia’s TV3, the region’s leader President Carles Puigdemont announced the following: “The declaration of independence, that we don’t call a ‘unilateral’ declaration of independence, is foreseen in the referendum law as an application of the results. We will apply what the law says.” Catalans demand no less. Their 92% pro-independence vote ...Read full article...

Presidente y Parlamento de Catalunya Obligados a Declarar Independencia

Las encuestas preelectorales y los resultados del referéndum mostraron que el pueblo catalán deseaban abrumadoramente la independencia de la España fascista: el régimen de Mariano Rajoy, una dictadura política, al igual que la militar de Fransciso Franco. La violencia policial patrocinada por Madrid contra los votantes catalanes el pasado domingo unificó el apoyo popular secesionista. La Carta de las Naciones Unidas y otras leyes internacionales afirman el derecho a ...Read full article...

Catalan President and Parliament Obliged to Declare Independence

Pre-election polls and referendum results showed Catalan people overwhelmingly wanted independence from fascist Spain – the Mariano Rajoy regime a political dictatorship, much like Fransciso Franco’s military one. Madrid-sponsored police state violence against Catalan voters last Sunday unified popular secessionist support. The UN Charter and other international laws affirm the right of self-determination. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he’d support the will of the people, indicating he’d declare independence ...Read full article...

Autodeterminación Catalana: Un Derecho Universal

Una declaración Catalana de independencia y autodeterminación parece probable, talvez el viernes, mientras el Rey pide el uso de la fuerza. Es un principio fundamental del derecho internacional, considerado como jus cogens, una ley superior o imperiosa. Las naciones con leyes constitucionales o estatutarias que violen este principio son ilegales -incluyendo el artículo 155 de la Constitución española, autorizando a Madrid a suspender el estatuto autónomo de Cataluña, bloqueando su ...Read full article...

Self-Determination: A Universal Right

A Catalan declaration of independence and self-determination appears likely, perhaps on Friday. It’s a fundamental principle under international law, regarded as jus cogens, a higher or compelling law. Nations with constitutional or statute laws in violation of this principle are illegal – including Article 155 of Spain’s constitution, authorizing Madrid to suspend Catalonia’s autonomous status, blocking its declaration of independence, its self-determination. People everywhere have the right to choose ...Read full article...

Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?

A profound shift in geopolitical alliances is occurring which tends to undermine US hegemony in the broader Middle East Central Asian region as well as in South Asia.  Several of America’s staunchest allies have “changed sides”. Both NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are in crisis. Turkey and NATO NATO is characterized by profound divisions,  largely resulting from Ankara’s confrontation with Washington. Turkey –which constitutes NATO’s heavyweight– is now ...Read full article...

Catalan Voters Face Police State Violence

Self-determination is a universal right, affirmed by the UN Charter and other international law – rejected by despotic states like Spain, masquerading as democratic. On Sunday, Catalans trying to vote in their independence referendum are being assaulted by thuggish police – smashing glass panels of polling stations, bursting in violently, forcibly removing ballot boxes and voters, attacking them with batons and rubber-coated steel bullets, women as violently as men, ...Read full article...