Beyond The Pale

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Beyond The Pale
I'm from California and have lived in Catalunya for twelve years, starting in Barcelona, then Tarragona, the Costa Daurada and ending up in the Alt Emporda, just south of the French border.
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  • The Day of the Book and the Rose 6 months ago Today is Sant Jordi, for me, the nicest of the Catalan holidays. Saint George is the patron saint of Catalonia, but his popularity spreads far and wide. He is also patron saint of, among others, England, the country of Georgia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, and the boy scouts.Saint George is the one...
  • Catalan Exiles are Spreading Out 7 months ago There are now Catalan political leaders living in exile in three different countries within the E.U. Until recently there were five living in Belgium: President Puigdemont and four of his ministers. A couple of weeks ago Anna Gabriel, a member of the Catalan parliament, refused to appear in court...
  • The New Spanish Inquisition 7 months ago A new Spanish Inquisition is underway. This time its focus is political and not religious. The target is the Catalan independence movement.It began four months ago with charges of rebellion against Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the two leaders of the large grassroots independence movements...
  • One More Catalan in Exile 8 months ago People who have some interest in Catalan independence probably know who Carles Puigdemont is.  He is the deposed president of the Generalitat (the Catalan government), who much to the dismay of Spanish President Rajoy, who deposed him and called for new elections (although it was not his...
  • Madrid is in a Frenzy 9 months ago Madrid is in a frenzy.  Last October, after sending in 10,000 military police to ensure that the Catalans would not vote on a referendum, which more than 2 million of them did anyway, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy called for special elections.  This was an illegal move – illegal under Spanish...

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