Opinion

THE REAL NATIONALISM

It is not uncommon to blame the Catalan independence process on supposed nationalism, a backward step in a world of open borders, regional integration, and so on. Given that standard nationalist and/or...

random thoughts

learning from our mistakes

Are wars inevitable? Dear reader, I’m afraid that this month’s article is a bit depressing when we usually look ahead to the new year with optimism. But if it helps us to remember, surely some good...

THE LAST WORD

POWER TO THE PEOPLE?

The sort of society we live in means that concepts like ’democracy’ and ’people power’ are almost untouchable principles. If a majority of the people want something, it seems as if it doesn’t...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

SING FOR YOUR CULTURE

My column this month - Happy New Year by the way - has its origins in a reader’s letter to be found on page 8 of this magazine, written by one Xavier Espinosa Llandrich. Xavier laments the fact that...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

RESOLUTION

Time will tell if I can keep on keeping on, but my weekly 2019 podcasts have begun. Whether it is just me or you share my sense that this year will be defining in a fistful of ways, I have resolved to...

Long-term resident

HO HO HO

Brexit started with a nasty rash of jingoism and xenophobia: Swedes in the street were told to ‘go back where they came from’; Spanish doctors were asked (by their regular patients) when they were...

from the editor

A year of rights and freedoms under threat

Catalonia, Europe, 2018, 21st century. Tradition has it that every December we take a look back at the year that is about to end. To start with, it’s been a year with politicians in prison and in exile,...

DEMOCRATIC SHAME

Just over a year ago, the Catalan Republic was proclaimed on October 27. The proclamation was valid according to international law, being made by the majority of a democratically elected parliament after...

random thoughts

Getting ready for the big day

December is different for everyone. Some people begin lamenting the lights going on in the towns three weeks before the 25th. Yet, others rejoice. So much today is divided, whether it is politics, referendums,...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

AFTER THE FEAST IS OVER

It’s that time of year again, when the whole family get together in one place and try and get along for a whole or most of a day. At least, that’s the cultural tradition in both my adopted and native...