Archive For The “Secession” Category

A Polite Drive for Secession in ‘Radio Free Vermont’

A Polite Drive for Secession in ‘Radio Free Vermont’

(Can anyone imagine the NYT calling a drive for Southron secession “polite?” – Ed.) NYT – Peculiar, impractical and illegal(???) though it may be, secession has its enthusiasts in a surprising number of states. Just last year, Texas Republicans voted on whether to include an endorsement of independence in their party platform (they didn’t); this year,…

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Independence Hypocrisy

Independence Hypocrisy

Walter Williams – Officials in Catalonia, Spain’s richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the referendum and claimed that independence is illegal. Catalans are not the only Europeans seeking independence….

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Could the U.S. catch secession fever again? Here are the signs | Opinion | PennLive.com

Could the U.S. catch secession fever again? Here are the signs | Opinion | PennLive.com

  (PennLive – E. Fletcher McClellan) A wealthy coastal region, rich in diversity, is threatened economically and culturally by the state of which it is a part and decides to secede. The central government must determine whether to intervene with force or negotiate with the separatists. Catalonia and Spain 2017? How about California and the…

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Smells a lot like Franco’s back

Smells a lot like Franco’s back

Spanish judge jails eight members of former Catalan government The Guardian -A judge in Madrid has ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government to be remanded in custody pending possible charges over last week’s declaration of independence. Carmen Lamela, sitting in Spain’s national court, jailed the eight former ministers – including Puigdemont’s deputy, Oriol…

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Spain’s ham-handed attempts to intimidate Catalonia feeding political crisis

Spain’s ham-handed attempts to intimidate Catalonia feeding political crisis

LA Times – As if Europe weren’t struggling with enough problems, from Brexit to rising nationalism to a seemingly endless flow of migrants fleeing tumult and war in the Middle East and Africa, Spain now finds itself mired in its worst political crisis since the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and the creation of a democratic…

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Why governments fear secessionist movements

Why governments fear secessionist movements

Daily Maverick – Catalonia declared independence on 27 October 2017 despite harsh crackdowns by the Spanish government, creating a constitutional crisis for that country. But Catalonia is far from unique. In fact, we just had a secession declaration right here in South Africa. This raises the question, is secession good or bad? And for whom?…

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Spain acts to crush secession

Spain acts to crush secession

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament on Friday after a Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution. Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence, prompting the swift crackdown by the Spanish government, which also called an early election in the region. Hours after Catalonia’s…

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How you can tell you’re about to have a civil war

How you can tell you’re about to have a civil war

Patrick Burke – The Iraqi Kurd’s vote for independence in September 2017 sent shockwaves through the region. The day after the vote, the Iraqi military conducted a military exercise with Turkey. The government in Baghdad grounded international flights in and out of Kurdish Regional Government territory. And the Turkish government threatened to shut down the pipeline carrying oil…

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Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis

Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis

NYT – BARCELONA — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia’s independence drive took its most serious turn on Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid. It was the first time that Spain’s…

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450k in streets of Barcelona following Spanish crackdown

450k in streets of Barcelona following Spanish crackdown

  It’s Like Franco is Back! Mirror Online – Nearly half a million people have vented their fury on the streets of Barcelona in a huge protest as the Catalan crisis deepens. Activists waved the Catalonian independence flag as tempers boiled over after the Spanish Prime Minister said he wanted to dissolve Catalonia’s government. Police…

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Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away | The Liberty Conservative

Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away | The Liberty Conservative

The Liberty Conservative – Earlier this week, The New York Times noted that movements for greater local autonomy appear to be spreading throughout Europe. In some ways, the conflict in Catalonia is just the tip of the iceberg. The Times reports: Coming on the heels of the Catalan vote, the Lombardy and Veneto referendums are yet another signal of…

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Farrakhan Issues Secession Message To ‘Black People’

Farrakhan Issues Secession Message To ‘Black People’

Christian News Alerts – The racial tension in the United States is building and causing many people concern. Leading up to the Obama era, the talk of racism was pretty much gone. Now the subject of racism is back and commonplace, but not where one might think. Now, in 2017, racism has been widely talked…

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In defense of secession

In defense of secession

John Stossel on WND – The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England. So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing? Recently, people in Catalonia voted to break away from Spain – not to declare war on Spain or refuse to trade with Spain, just to…

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California exit, secession leader welcomes Julian Assange support – 

California exit, secession leader welcomes Julian Assange support – 

Business Insider – The cofounder of the California separatist group Yes California said in an interview Monday that the group welcomes “the vocal support” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who recently began tweeting about the California independence campaign known as “Calexit.” “Ultimately the Calexit vote and its preceding debate will be up to Californians to decide but we…

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Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation toward a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favored mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain’s central government…

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Chaotic violent referendum in Catalonia shows landslide support for secession

Chaotic violent referendum in Catalonia shows landslide support for secession

BARCELONA –  Washington Post –  The results of a controversial and chaotic referendum in the Catalonia region of northeast Spain on Sunday showed landslide support for independence for the restive but affluent area, a lopsided vote sure to be vigorously challenged by the constitutional court and central government in Madrid as illegitimate and illegal. According to…

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As secession movements all over the world gain force, it’s reasonable to assume those feelings will come to the US.

As secession movements all over the world gain force, it’s reasonable to assume those feelings will come to the US.

How Long Can Americans Go on Hating the President and Each Other? Foundation for Economic Education – Trump Derangement Syndrome rages on, the latest symptoms flaring equally based on causes both legitimate and ridiculous. A key characteristic of the syndrome is its ability to evoke the same outrage over the president retweeting a harmless (and…

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Spainish Police Try to Stop Catalan Secession Vote

Spainish Police Try to Stop Catalan Secession Vote

Millions of ballots seized by police ahead of Catalan vote Police on Thursday seized more than six million ballots and envelopes and 100 ballot boxes in a Catalan town, in the latest bid to block a banned independence referendum, a police source said. The seizures are the latest in a long list of items confiscated…

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Russia-linked Facebook group asked Texas secession movement to join anti-Clinton rallies

Russia-linked Facebook group asked Texas secession movement to join anti-Clinton rallies

Business Insider – A Russia-linked Facebook group asked a Texas secessionist movement if it would participate in a series of anti-immigrant, anti-Hillary Clinton rallies it was planning to hold across the state last November, the group’s president told Business Insider on Thursday. “When they decided to start doing all these ‘Texit’ rallies, they reached out and wanted us to participate,”…

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Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid. The move increases the pressure on Catalan officials just one day before the pro-separatist camp officially kicks off its referendum campaign in the Mediterranean port…

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