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  • Israel refuses to support Spain against Catalan independence

    10/31/2017 1:14:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/10/17 | Tal Polon
    Breaking with the stance of other Western countries, Israel decided on Monday not to express an official opinion on the issue of Catalan independence in the meantime, NRG reported. According to the report, Spain asked Israel over the weekend to publicly declare that it does not support Catalan independence, as part of Spain’s efforts to garner international consensus on the matter. Israel’s ambivalence is a departure from the opposition to Catalan independence declared by the EU and US. On Friday, US State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that “Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the...
  • Catalan lawmakers vote to split from Spain amid independence crisis

    10/27/2017 6:41:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | October 27, 2017 | Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza
    Catalonia's regional Parliament voted overwhelmingly Friday in favor of independence from Spain, taking the country's political crisis into uncharted territory. The vote came as the Spanish Senate debated the Madrid government's unprecedented plans to seize control of the autonomous region in a bid to quash its independence bid. Lawmakers voted in secret in the Catalan Parliament chamber after a heated debate on a motion "to form the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign state." The outcome: 70 votes in favor, 10 against and two blanks.
  • Catalan Parliament Declares Independence From Spain

    10/27/2017 7:14:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 114 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/27/17
    The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule. The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia. The crisis began when Catalans backed independence in a disputed vote earlier this month. What powers does Catalonia have?The case for and against independenceReality Check: Police violence in Catalonia The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part in the...
  • Spain moves to suspend Catalan automony

    10/19/2017 2:12:10 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/19/2017 | BBC
    Spain is to start suspending Catalan autonomy on Saturday.... The PM's office said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution..... Catalonia's leader said earlier the region's parliament would vote on independence, backed in a disputed referendum on October 1st, if Spain "continues repression". Some fear the moves could spark unrest......
  • Spain asks Catalonia: Did you declare independence or not?

    10/11/2017 11:01:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/2017 | By Pamela Rolfe and James McAuley
    MADRID — Spain’s prime minister on Wednesday asked the head of the secession-minded Catalonia region the question that no one can seem to answer: Did he declare independence or not? The query reflected more than just confusion. Clarity on Catalonia’s position is critical for Spain to map out its next move — including possible harsh measures against Catalonia if it proclaims itself a sovereign nation. The uncertainty comes after the region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, told the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday that Catalonia had the right to be an independent country, citing a disputed referendum last week that showed...
  • Let Them Leave

    10/11/2017 4:58:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | John Stossel
    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 control their own affairs. The Spanish government said they must not even vote. They sent police to shut down polling places and beat protestors into staying off the streets. Governments never want to give up power. The European Union was offended and American politicians shocked when the United Kingdom voted...
  • Catalonia wants to secede because of Economics, very high taxation and more.

    10/09/2017 9:20:25 AM PDT · by Stasiu · 11 replies
    Quora ^ | Sep 12 2014 | Simon Harris
    Catalonia suffers a tax deficit with respect to the Spanish state of around 8% of its GDP which in 2010 amounted to €16,000,000,000 of Catalan taxes that were paid to Madrid and not reinvested in Catalonia. This makes Catalonia the most highly taxed region in Europe and its schools, health services, roads and infrastructures are suffering in comparison to supposedly poorer regions of Spain. Furthermore, many decisions taken by central government have negative effects on the local economy. Here are two examples.
  • 7 independence movements that have the potential to destroy the EU (Catalonia is just the start)

    10/05/2017 9:02:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Duran ^ | 10/05/2017 | by Alex Christoforou
    Catalonia continues to press on with its independence movement, much to the dismay of Spain and the European Union. Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence.Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe.1. Scotland, Britain In 2014, Scotland had a historic referendum on leaving the United Kingdom resulting in a narrow 55 percent vote against leaving the UK.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, head of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, is now calling for a second referendum once Britain’s exit from the...
  • Catalonia and Its Referendum on Independence from Spain

    10/03/2017 11:46:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Voting in a referendum that has been declared illegal by the central government in Madrid and by the courts was also a bad idea Catalonia is located on the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula and has a population of 7.52 million people. Catalonia has a distinct history, culture, and language. Its main city, Barcelona, was captured in 1714 by the first Bourbon king of Spain, Felipe V, and Catalonia lost its autonomy. Catalonia’s National Day, September 11, commemorates this event. The regional Government of Catalonia decided that a referendum would take place on Catalan independence on October 1, 2017....
  • Spain braces for violent fallout over ‘illegal’ independence vote

    09/30/2017 10:29:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 30, 2017 | Laura Italiano
    A potentially violent showdown looms in Spain on Sunday, where tens of thousands of Catalans intend to carry out an independence referendum deemed unconstitutional by the country’s courts. Hundreds of independence supporters slept overnight on Friday and Saturday in some 160 schools that are designated polling places, vowing to keep them open for voters. But local police planned to remove them on Sunday — by force if necessary, Spanish government sources told Reuters. Catalan officials have said polls will open at 9 a.m. The Madrid government has ordered separatists to vacate the schools by 6 a.m. And while both sides...
  • Iran supports Iraq, prepares to receive Iraqi forces

    09/30/2017 2:21:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/9/17
    Iranian military spokesman Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Saturday told state television that the Iranian military would be holding joint war games with Iraq. The two countries also "agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts," he added. Joint war games will be held along their common border. Following Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to become independent on Monday, Iran closed borders to the area and banned transportation of refined oil products to and from Kurdistan. Iraq insisted the Kurds transfer control of both airports and borders to the Iraqi central...
  • Bolton: U.S. Should Support Independence for Kurds, ‘State of Iraq as We Have Known It Doesn’t Exist

    09/28/2017 3:13:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2017 | John Hayward
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam and co-host Steve Bannon on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about Kurdish independence and the future of Iraq. “The Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world that has never had a nation in contemporary times,” Bolton explained. “Just two days ago, they held a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan and voted well over 90 percent for independence. I think the United States should support independence for the Kurds. They’ve been friends of ours in the struggle against Saddam Hussein and the struggle against international terrorism. I...
  • Arizona teacher has 4th-grade class recite altered Declaration of Independence

    09/22/2017 11:17:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 22, 2017 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Arizona public school district says one of its teachers broke school policy when she reportedly had her class recite an altered version of the Declaration of Independence. A 4th-grade teacher at Salk Elementary School in Mesa altered a poster of the historical document by crossing out two instances of the word “men” in the second and third sentences and substituting it with “humans,” a local ABC affiliate reported. She then had students recite the altered version in class, the station said.
  • Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

    09/20/2017 12:15:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/9/17
    The Turkish Anadolu news agency reports that Racep Erdogan is considering levying sanctions on the Kurdish population over their upcoming referendum for independence. "As the national security council, we will advise the government on our decision. With it, the cabinet will meet and discuss this. It will both evaluate this and put forth their own stance on what kind of sanctions we can impose, or if we will, but these will not be ordinary," ...
  • 4 Reasons America & Trump should support Kurdish independence

    08/30/2017 5:37:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Aug 29, 2017 | Jordan Schachte
    The Kurdish Regional Government is only weeks away from holding a referendum on whether to declare sovereignty for the Kurdish people in northern Iraq. Here’s why supporting the potential referendum on Sept. 25 should be a no-brainer for the Trump administration — and everyone else who supports the advancement of American interests abroad. 1. They are our partners in the war against global jihad snip... What’s stopping them? The referendum for independence is scheduled for Sept. 25, but it’s still unclear whether the Kurdistan Regional Government will indeed go forward with the vote, after years of setbacks and delays. Pentagon...
  • Calexit III? New ballot measure plots another route to California independence (YES!)

    08/17/2017 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Sacbee ^ | 8/17/17 | Jim Miller
    On Thursday, people unhappy with California’s place in the United States filed yet another proposed ballot measure that could lead to the Golden State striking out on its own. This time, the goal is convening a U.S. constitutional convention to overhaul what proponents call a moldy national blueprint out of step with life in California. The measure says a reworked Constitution should include a provision creating a “clear and reasonable path for states to achieve complete independence from the United States should any state so choose.” No state has become independent under the existing U.S. Constitution. “The world has changed...
  • Vanity: Freeper ideas on decorating kids rooms for patriotic/religious/educational

    08/15/2017 10:25:43 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    15 AUG 17 | dcbryan1
    Wife unit and I just completed painting our childrens rooms. Theme should be between K-3 , boy and girl. What posters/themes centered on education and religion would you put in their room? Below is a small list I have brainstormed, and I am interested in things that just ARENT taught as much anymore or not emphasized enough. When I was growing up my room was filled with posters to keep my mind going......most were hand made by mom. I'm sure there are nice ones that homeschoolers and teachers use that maybe I'm not thinking of. Thanks! FReegards!
  • White Supremacists, America Was Never Yours

    08/14/2017 5:05:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It's true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of legalized racism have long tarnished our nation's history. That reality has always stood in conflict with our nation's founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. For too many years, white Americans simply ignored the contradiction that they didn't want to see. That failure to confront evil allowed racists and white supremacists to continue their...
  • FBI Director Nominee, Christopher Wray, Commits to Strict Independence. Does This Mean...?

    07/12/2017 11:51:55 AM PDT · by davikkm · 29 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    President Trump’s new FBI nominee has been announced. Christoper Wray, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 12, 2017. He confirmed he would do his job without partisan political influence in response to the first question of the hearing. Frankly, what I seek from the new FBI Director is the desire to go after Hillary Clinton and James Comey – to get them – and get them good! I would not trust anyone like James Comey. But many of Wray’s colleagues say he is unlike Comey. President Trump has called Comey a “showboat,” and I think he is right...
  • EDM DJ and Conservative Activist Wears $18 H&M Dress to the White House

    07/06/2017 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Yahoo Style ^ | 07/05/17 | Hayley FitzPatrick
    EDM DJ and singer Kaya Jones is passionate about more than just her career as a recording artist. She is also an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump and the “Making America Great Again” movement. The recording artist and entrepreneur, who also happens to be a former Pussycat Doll, recently attended the Fourth of July celebrations at the White House in Washington, D.C. For the occasion, Jones found a dress that was quite fitting. Jones attended the event in a patriotic $18 piece from H&M. In the caption of her Instagram post showing off the look, she wrote, “I’m truly a simple girl at...