By Alfred de Zaya
Independent Expert of the United Nations on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (2012-18)
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION OF THE “PRACTICAL NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS
RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES “
IN RELATION TO THE CATALAN PEOPLE
The change of government in Madrid gives hope that negotiations in good faith may now be possible with the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia. A modicum of historical knowledge should help outsiders understand that Catalonia has its own distinct culture and traditions and that the only way forward is through a new referendum. The legal aspects of the issue are explained in the memorandum below.Read more
By The Associated Press
The conviction of more than two dozen Spanish businesspeople and officials in a major corruption scandal triggered political turmoil Thursday after the court ruled that the country's governing party benefited from the biggest kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in four decades of democratic rule.Read more
Spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics
By Fox News, May 25th 2018
MADRID – Authorities in Spain have issued an arrest warrant for a Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family.
Court finds Spain's ruling party benefited from bribery scheme
The Guardian, May 24th 2018
Former treasurer of People’s party jailed for fraud and party handed non-criminal fine.
Spain’s ruling party has suffered a major blow after one of its former treasurers was jailed for 33 years for fraud and money laundering, and the party itself was found to have profited from an illegal kickbacks-for-contracts scheme, in a case that has become emblematic of political corruption in the country.
It's been almost 8 months since The First of October. The day that the Catalans showed themselves and to the world that the will of the people is much more powerful than thousands of policemen, much more powerful than a non democratic State that has been 15 years silent to any dialogue petition. The people, and nobody else than the people, made happen the Referendum of October the First.Read more