Behind the mind-boggling human carpentry of Catalonia’s castellers

Jen Rose Smith December 5, 2018 Share this article Equal parts flesh and architecture, the castellers’ craft is a kind of human carpentry, in which lean-limbed children play an essential role. Jen Rose Smith gets to the heart of this very proud, and very Catalonian tradition. By noon on Saint Ursula day, October 21st, the […]

Sporadic clashes & unrest mar Catalonia’s independence vote anniversary rallies (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Massive demonstrations have flooded Barcelona and other cities on the anniversary of Catalonia’s attempt to push for independence. Several rallies ended up in clashes with police as some protesters burned Spanish flags. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated throughout the Spanish northeastern region of Catalonia to mark one year since its attempt to push for […]

Separatists & unionists face off in election that could decide Catalonia’s future

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 10:31 Catalans are heading to the polls as pro-independence parties pit themselves against unionists in a highly-anticipated election that will determine what comes next for Catalonia’s controversial separatist movement. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the election in October after the Catalonian government in Barcelona declared its independence following an […]

Spain’s Prime Minister is sacking Catalonia’s president and holding new regional elections, in an unprecedented move

Juan Medina/Reuters Catalonia voted to secede from Spain in September Spain’s government decided on Saturday to sack Catalonia’s leadership and force a new election New elections will happen within two months   MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new […]

Catalonia’s leader has put himself in an impossible bind

Thomson Reuters MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government will take control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont replies ambiguously to Madrid’s question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister said on Saturday. Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of independence on Tuesday night, only to suspend it seconds later and call […]

White House: Catalonia’s future is an issue for Spain, Catalans to decide

Reuters/Susana Vera White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the Trump administration would welcome dialogue between Spain and Catalonia’s leaders on the region’s political future. “That’s up for the people of Spain and Catalonia to decide,” Sanders said at the daily White House press briefing, shortly after Catalonia’s secessionist president Carles Puigdemont said he […]

The leader of Catalonia’s independence movement deserves a fair trial

Thomson Reuters Authoritarian rulers have a crush on parading  themselves as the embodiment of the country itself, feeling entitled to  crush any criticism as treason and sedition, but one of the outcomes of liberal democracy’s ideological hegemony is that even the more ruthless dictators feel obliged to feign respect for the rule of law to conceal they […]