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Outside the Box: More Guns for Gun Control?

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Outside the Box is a series of articles that proposes unconventional solutions to controversial topics. Their purpose is to attempt to reframe debates that have fallen into ideological ruts and dogmas. Author’s note: I’m a gun owner, a hunter, and a firm supporter of the Second Amendment. I am also a human being, who deplores […]

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Catalonia Update: Political Prisoners Return to Spain

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Spain now has political prisoners for the first time since the dictatorship of the fascist, Francisco Franco. Last night, a Spanish judge ordered the preventive arrest of two of Catalonia’s most outspoken supporters of independence, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart. Another man, Josep Lluís Trapero, was sent home but obliged to turn in his passport. […]

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Catalonia Update: Rajoy and Sánchez Respond

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More information has come in after publication of this article. After Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy had issued his clarification challenge to Catalan President Puigdemont, the Socialist Opposition Leader Pedro Sánchez held a press conference in which he confirmed his support for the course of action of the Prime Minister. He too demanded that Puigdemont state […]

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Catalonia Update: Puigdemont Declares Independence…Kind of

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“Ladies and gentlemen, with the results of the referendum on October 1st, Catalonia has earned the right to be an independent state, and has earned the right to be heard and respected.” – Carles Puigdemont Catalan President Carles Puigdemont made his scheduled appearance in the regional Parliament yesterday to give a speech on the 1 […]

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Catalonia Update: The King’s Speech

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“Many of our subjects, mislead by a desperate conspiracy of dangerous and ill-designing men have forgotten the allegiance which they owe to the power that has protected and supported them and have declared rebellion and traitorously levied war against us. It is a better part of wisdom to put a speedy end to such disorders. […]

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Catalonia-Spain Endgame: Next Steps

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“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, 10 November 1942 2 October. Catalonia has passed through a crucible. The previous two years have mostly been about personalities: Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont, […]

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Catalonia Referendum Aftermath: Live Updates

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4:28 p.m. Thursday Leader of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell mocks the Tribunals injunction: “Prohibiting a a legislative session that has not even met yet is the new offer of dialogue.” 3:00 p.m. Thursday The Spanish Constitutional Tribunal issues an injunction against the meeting of the Catalan Parliament on Monday October 9th. 10:40 a.m. Thursday […]

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Let Catalonia Vote

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In two days, Catalonia is scheduled to attempt to hold a binding referendum on independence from Spain. “Attempt to hold” is the operative phrase: the Spanish Government has vowed that there will be no vote and has sent at least 7,000 police to Catalonia to enforce this. A majority of Catalans are determined that a […]

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Catalonia Update – The Endgame Begins

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Three years ago I published an article describing the evolution and possible outcomes of the festering crisis in Catalonia, Spain’s […]

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All the Heavens Are Rejoicing

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“Sing me a new song; all the world is transfigured; all the Heavens are rejoicing.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to Peter Gast, 4th of January 1889 On the 15th of September at 0455 local time, NASA scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California received their last signal from the Cassini probe. This fiery […]

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