Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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SUMMER OF TRUMP

This summer, whether you be hiking in mountainous areas, lolling about in a sea or visiting the foreign capital of your choice, one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing about Donald Trump. He has never...

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KILLING FRANCO

Literary awards, from the Nobel on down, can be erratic to say the least. One year they give it to a work of genius (or to the genius in person); the next, to a book or an author that everybody will have...

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SPECIAL EXPORT

Franco once famously said (in a meeting with foreign journalists towards the end of the Civil War) that ’Catalonia has been one of the fundamental causes of our uprising’. A ’cause’ he would deal...

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES

In the ‘Eighties, when I was in my twenties, like many others I listened to a lot of punk rock, starting with the Sex Pistols’ scream of ‘God save the Queen/And the Fascist regime’, through to...

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THE WAY WE ARE

The case of the four imprisoned Catalan politicians and civic leaders is, slowly but surely, garnering more international attention. Last month, lawyers working out of London, Barcelona and Paris - including...

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PORRIDGE

Every weekend, the Catalan journalist Txell Bonet catches a high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid (a three-hour journey) together with her nine-month-old son. From the station, a friend or a taxi drives...

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PATRÍCIA

It was no coincidence that Patrícia Gabancho and I met at a meeting of an organisation called Veu Pròpia (’Our Own Voice’) founded by a group of people who were non-native Catalan speakers who believed...

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Dragon’s den

Most of us here in Catalonia, our pro-independence politicians included, never expected a semi-legal referendum (it was legal in Catalonia, but ’suspended’, not illegalised, by Spain’s constitutional...

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Barefaced

The October 1st campaign of police brutality against civilians who were passively blocking access to polling stations around Catalonia, including women over 75 and children under 12 (there were 1.066 people...