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Catalonia: Change the Rules or Lose the Game

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It has been ten days since the Spanish Government imposed an Article 155 sanctioned take-over of Catalonia, provoking a defiant Catalan Parliament to sign a declaration of independence. Subsequent events have been somewhat anti-climactic, even mundane: Carles Puigdemont, desposed President of the Catalan Autonomous Region and unrecognized President of the unrecognized Catalan Republic, promptly disappeared […]

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Catalonia Demonstrates the Limits of European Integration

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On the 9th of May, 1950 the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed “to make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.” His plan was to create a common market of natural resources and production between France and Germany, along with the supranational institutions to administer it. Mr. Schuman hoped that the intense economic rivalry […]

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Catalonia is Already Independent

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The suspended declaration of Catalan independence on 10 October was followed by a week of uncertainty and allegations, with both Spanish and Catalan leaders engaging in a tit-for-tat series of accusations more reminiscent of a schoolyard than of two national leaders. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted that Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont give a clear […]

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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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Catalonia and Spain Prepare for the #IndyRef Endgame

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Summers in Spain have always been hot, but the past few years have been unusually so. This is partially due to climate change, which has been turning July and August in Iberia from merely “hot” to “torrid”. But mostly it is because of the constitutional and national crisis that has simmered between Catalonia and the […]

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Number 45: Irreparable Damage?

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We’ve just passed the 180 day mark[1] of Donald Trump as President of the United States, though it may seem hard to believe that we’ve already suffered through 6 months of madness, Mooch and mayhem. Looked at another way, Mr. Trump is one-eighth through his mandate and almost a third of the way to the […]

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right I just bought my son his first air rifle. It is a Gamo G-Force breech break rifle in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) shooting a 12 gram steel ball or pellet at 360 feet per second: painful, but not dangerous unless you hit someone in the […]

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Resistance is NOT Futile: The Story of Thrasybulus

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Many of my friends remain despondent over the election of Donald Trump and the ugly transformation of our country that he is leading. Some are becoming resigned – some have always been resigned – and unwilling to resist. “What’s the point” they argue, “protests accomplish nothing.” Resistance is futile: every autocracy throughout history has wanted […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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