Standing in a Spanish Doorway

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Standing in a Spanish Doorway
A blog on social / public issues and cultural life in Catalonia and Spain.
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  • "Getting Orwell wrong" -- My latest opinion column for Catalonia Today magazine 1 day ago [Photo of  Julian Barnes © Alan Edwards]: In the New York Review of Books not long ago, the well-known British author Julian Barnes ran his eye over some compilations of George Orwell’s work. Thinking about the school where a young Orwell was sent to live and learn, Barnes decides:“You have...
  • "Why Europe Needs a New Deal, Not a Breakup" 1 week ago [Illustration by Curt Merlo.]"The EU is facing a crisis of legitimacy—but retreating to the nation-state will only benefit the far right.By Yanis Varoufakis and James K. GalbraithThe American New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt’s first two terms combined the goals of financial stabilization,...
  • "I Am Obliged to Reconsider My Support for the European Union" 2 weeks ago Former diplomat Craig Murray makes a strong argument after seeing the Spanish state's police violence against voters at last weekends Catalan referendum."To my own astonishment, and after a full 36 hours of hard thinking to try and escape this conclusion, I am in intellectual honesty obliged to...
  • Catalans vote (while Schäuble-ism lives on) 3 weeks ago Despite a heavy police presence and some shocking violence from the Spanish forces Catalonia's citizens voted today to at least try to express their wishes on the question of independence.Meanwhile, over in Germany, as DiEM25 leader Yanis Varoufakis points out, the same bunch of economic masters...
  • "We will vote" 4 weeks ago    Above is  a Catalan cartoon that shows how the Spanish media's coverage is likely to continue to be in the coming week before the Catalan independence referendum on October 1. Shown on the left is a crowd of peaceful protesters holding signs that say "We will vote" while on the right the...

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