Category: International Relations

  • Balfour at 100: A Legacy of Racism and Propaganda

    The coming months mark the centennial of Palestine’s forcible incorporation into the British Empire. In November 1917, British foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared his government’s support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”; in December, Jerusalem fell to British troops. One hundred years later, the effects of these … Keep reading »

  • Communiqué on the Situation in Catalonia

    Following the Catalan Parliament’s declaration of independence on October 27, Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias tweeted: “We are against repression and for a negotiated referendum [which the Madrid government refused to Catalonia] but the declaration of independence is illegitimate and favours the strategy of the PP [People’s Party, headed by Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy].” However, the … Keep reading »

  • A New Stage Opens in the Spanish State’s War on Catalan Self-Rule

    Spanish PM Rajoy reacts to declaration of independence by launching assault on Catalonia’s government, parliament and other institutions. The Spanish government’s war on Catalan autonomy and democracy is now in full offensive mode, following the Catalan parliament’s October 27 decision to proclaim their nation’s independence of the Spanish state. In the following article, Dick Nichols, … Keep reading »

  • Rally for Catalan independence

    Catalonia’s Paradox

    October 1 has passed, closing a period of the shared history between Catalonia and the Spanish state and beginning an uncertain future. It was a day when all the tension building over the five-year independence process came to a head. The numbers speak volumes. 2,262,424 votes cast. With an electoral roll of approximately 5.3 million … Keep reading »

  • German Federal Elections:Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

    Conservatives: Overestimating their Popularity “For a Germany in which we live well and happily.” Maybe it was just this less than catchy campaign slogan that cost Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU so dearly at the polls; leaving the party at a record low of 26.8 per cent of the total vote. What is more likely, though, is … Keep reading »

  • Norwegian Elections: Another Right-Wing Victory, and a Serious Labour Defeat

    The centre-left failed in getting rid of the so-called ‘blue-blue’ government at the parliamentary elections in Norway on 11 September. The Labour Party was the main loser, while small parties on the centre-left advanced slightly. However, the parliamentary basis of the right-wing government has started to unravel. A deeper political crisis may be looming in … Keep reading »

  • Quebec in Solidarity with Catalonia

    Prison vs. Ballot Boxes in Spain: A Toxic Cocktail in a Democracy (Signatories listed at conclusion) As democrats, we feel an obligation to protest strongly to the government of Mariano Rajoy. After having deployed in 2010 the arsenal of the Constitutional Court to block an agreement that granted further autonomy to Catalonia within Spain, this government is … Keep reading »

  • Catalonia Referendum: Resisting the Spanish Government Siege

    In 1713-14, it took the troops of Spain’s Borbon monarchy 14 months of siege before taking Barcelona and ending Catalan self-rule. In September 2017, Catalonia is again under siege, this time from the central Spanish People’s Party (PP) government. Under prime minister Mariano Rajoy the Spanish state is concentrating all its firepower on stopping the … Keep reading »

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    In Defence of Democratic Rights in Catalonia

    In Catalonia an important process of independence is taking place against Spain. At the request of the Popular Party (PP), the Spanish Constitutional Court declared the Catalan Statute of 2010, unconstitutional. This statute was negotiated between the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and later endorsed by the Spanish Parliament. Since then, the number of … Keep reading »

  • Rally for Catalan independence

    Catalonia: The Referendum and its Previous Lives

    In June 2017 a referendum on Catalan independence was announced by the Government of Catalonia, formed by members of the Junts pel Sí coalition, supported by the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), for October 1 2017. The Spanish state government opposes any regional self-determination referendum, maintaining that the Spanish Constitution does not allow for a vote … Keep reading »

  • Questions and Implications of the French Elections: Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential and legislative campaign this year was different from the previous ones. There was a huge change in the relationship to political parties in general and to his former Left Front allies in particular. It’s important to understand the reasons for this change, as well as the implications and the specific context in … Keep reading »

  • ‘All Power to the Soviets!’ Biography of a Slogan

    “All power to the Soviets!” is surely one of the most famous slogans in revolutionary history. It is right up there with “Egalité, liberté, fraternité” as a symbol of an entire revolutionary epoch. In this essay and others to follow, I would like to examine the origin of this slogan in its original context of … Keep reading »