January 28, 2006


Catalonia Nears Autonomy From Spain: Region's Plan for Self-Rule Seen as Alternative to Full Independence (John Ward Anderson, January 28, 2006, Washington Post)

They have their own language, their own culture, and a history of rebellion going back more than 500 years. They have had periods of semi-independence punctuated by brutal government crackdowns. They have a vibrant economy that is the envy of their country. And they're determined to become their own nation.

It is a picture that fits any number of armed separatist movements around the world. Here, it describes a peaceful drive for more autonomy in the Spanish region of Catalonia, and it is nearing success with the backing of the country's Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Opponents say the plan for more self-rule is a Trojan horse, paving the way for full independence, striking at the foundation of Spain's 28-year-old democracy and threatening to break up the country.

While the transnationalists alll dreamed of world government the reality is that states are just going to keep devolving into smaller units.

Premiers in hurry to craft fiscal deal (IAN URQUHART, 1/28/06, Toronto Star)

The phone lines are starting to burn up as premiers call each other and prime minister-designate Stephen Harper about striking a new deal that could dramatically alter Confederation by strengthening the provinces and reducing Ottawa's role.

At issue is the nation's "fiscal imbalance," which sees Ottawa awash in surpluses while the provinces struggle to make ends meet. Paul Martin, the outgoing prime minister, denied the very existence of a fiscal imbalance; Harper, on the other hand, has promised to fix it.

In his election platform, Harper said he would "work with the provinces in order to achieve a long-term agreement which would address the issue of a fiscal imbalance in a permanent fashion."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2006 7:45 AM

Catalonians and Dogalonians not living together?

Posted by: Noel at January 28, 2006 3:34 PM

The big issue is that cathalonia is by far and away the most properus part of spain it is what keeps the country afloat. The spainish government need to keep them there for the state of the economy.

I lived there for a while Barcelona is a great city.

Posted by: the saint at January 28, 2006 6:09 PM

If you are so intelligents and of course, so democrats, please, should you answer me to this ?:
If in the United States of America, California,and New York or any other of rich States ofthe Nation, were asking for independence or asking for more income privileges, should you be so sure that the best for United States of America should be a secessionist way of making politics?
I ask the similar question in the case of Germany Bavarian Lšnder(State), and about France more "rich" regions..
Anyway, it is absolutely false to saythat only catalans and Catalonia are the regions of Spainwhere people creates wealth...what kind of analysers are working in the News papers of the USA as The New York Times or Washington Post , that they seems nearly blind tosee that it is a big lye? It is onlyneccesary a trip arpound the whole Spain to see taht each spaniard gives a lot of work and efforts to the Country, not of course, "only" catalonians...
In Spain,the target of some catalonian parties and people is simply secessionism. And secessionsim is a political crime, or not?

Posted by: Eliseo at January 28, 2006 11:04 PM

As a southern American I cite this response reluctantly, but all you need to know is "Antietam" and "Gettysburg"

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at January 29, 2006 12:28 AM

Earl, the South is rising again.

Take heart, it would have been Bore/Cabana.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 29, 2006 1:55 AM


Yes, eventually the US will devolve too--300 million people is already too large a state.

Posted by: oj at January 29, 2006 8:16 AM