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  1. Catalonia

    Another quick update. A few days ago the Catalan parliament had to vote to make Puigdemont (the former president, now in exile) president again, as I said above. Spain was doing all they could to avoid that, even doing careful border checks by land, sea and air (it sounds crazy, but the minister of interior of Spain was explaining that on TV, it is in Spanish though They even checked the sewers. Anyway. Seeing this the president of the Catalan parliament decided on the day of the vote to postpone it, to ensure the safety of Puigdemont. This has created some division within the pro-independence parties, but they are still working on it. The next days will be crucial. In the meantime, Spain's international reputation is going down because all this. The Guardian put the Spanish foreign minister in a short list of authoritarian leaders that use fake news, and the economist published that Spain is about to become a flawed democracy according o their standards, There are some other small things, like some members of the European parliament also complaining. --- Some personal opinion: after the first of October, there truly is a division in society. Before there wasn't, at least not that much I believe. Most people who want independence won't accept going back to an autonomy like before, and the other half, people who don't want independence, would probably be happy with less autonomy than we had before. So there is no common ground, about half of the population wants one thing, and the other half the other. Pro-independence parties chose the, let me say, 'non-violent, non-confrontation way', but Spain has shown that is clearly willing to go far. They can keep imprisoning people. Also, they approved a new law recently. All the people going to a demonstration that is not approved by the Spanish government can be fined with up to €600,000. Spain has already said that the people who went a few days ago in front of the Parliament, when they were expecting Puigdemont to become president and afterwards to a peaceful protest because of the oppression, will be prosecuted by that law. If there isn't a change of mentality of the people, things won't move forward. I don't think internationally this will have any consequences to make the Spanish government change the way it reacts. Either we bend or we take more direct action. That is very unlikely to happen though, I'm sure of it.
  2. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Anyone following this? It's a great season! In the last episode,
  3. Star Trek Discovery (2017)

    I liked the last two episodes, even though I was also worried about where they are now. Too much is happening though, we're only in the middle of the first season!
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)

    I started playing this a few days ago, I'm just starting chapter 3. I'm loving it so far, and I like the blades mechanic, even though I'm just starting to understand how it all works! The game does feel somewhat unfinished though... The jumps and movement in this game seem like they'd need some more polish, the previous Xenoblades moved better. Some animations and actions also seem a bit off, and I'm still not sure why the character you're controlling only shouts sometimes when jumping... None of this is a big issue though, I'm really enjoying the game and the voices
  5. Catalonia

    Just a quick update on the situation. The former Catalan president and a couple of former Catalan government politicians have been in Brussels for some time now, as they will get arrested if they enter in Spain. Two other former government politicians are still in prison (and have been for many weeks now), and so are two political activists. We had elections on the 21st of December, organised by the Spanish government, and the independentist parties won again. Well, the party which won the elections is a (extreme, I'd say)-right wing one, but it doesn't have enough support to form a government. The sum of the parties pro-independence has the majority. It's also important to say that, PP, the party which is now governing Spain, is the party with representation in parliament that got less votes. Tomorrow a new president has to be chosen in the Catalan parliament. The parties for independence want to make president the former one (now in Brussels). They'll need to do that without him in the country, and they also want that the people in prison or in exile in Brussles (which have been elected again) to be able to delegate their vote to someone else. There is a big debate now whether this is legal or not, and the Spanish government has already said that if they do any of that (make the former president, Puigdemont, president again 'via skype', or let the others delegate the vote) they will rule this illegal.
  6. Agreed. My favourite part was the it was absolutely hilarious
  7. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    I didn't resist for very long... great start of season!
  8. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    It starts again on December 1st!
  9. Super Mario Odyssey

    New Donk City is absolutely amazing. I got 277 on the rope (world record yesterday was 55,555, that is crazy!). That is not the toughest minigame I found in the city though, I gave up on the second one, which is And I was filled with joy yesterday
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

    I'm loving the game. I had an initial worry with the controls/the way it moved, but after setting the camera sensibility to high everything clicked into place So far it's not very challenging but great fun, so I have nothing to complain. I have about 160 moons, and my next kingdom is New Donk city. Looking forward to going there tonight!!
  11. Catalonia

    All the members of the Catalan government, except the four in Brussels, are now in prison.
  12. Catalonia

    What we call Spain today was established after the war which ended in 1714. It is true that about a hundred years before that the Aragon crown and the one in Castilla married their descendants, but Aragon+Catalonia were still a separate region with their own courts, etc. There were succession issues afterwards, and those led to the succession war which ended on 1714. I'm not an expert on the topic though, wikipedia has articles on it if anyone is interested:–14) They are indeed, ever since a woman lost an eye because of them (and which happened again on Oct 1st) I agree with that. The reaction of the Spanish government is only causing more people to be willing to separate. Thank you The Catalan president and some of the Catalan ministers are in Brussels, and they held a conference an hour and a half ago. They went there to escalate things down, and to avoid police violence in the streets and undesirable situations for the public workers. It seems like they will stay there until the situation normalises, to denounce that judges are very political and they will participate in the election imposed by the spanish government on the 21st of December. So things will probably be calm for a while, thankfully. The spanish government has already said though, if on December independence wins again, the will just intervene again and impose all this process again...
  13. Catalonia

    To be honest, I don't think we'll get much international recognition now, if any. I hope I'm wrong, but I can't see it happening. I agree that the other EU countries will back Spain. With the mentality of the spanish government it is impossible that they allow any independence, as they don't want to break the unity of Spain under any circumstances. Other territories might ask for that as well then, true, like the Basque Country. And it would mean the end of the political party in power in Spain when that happened. I agree that this is a huge issue for Spain, but it needs to be addressed as it is too big. If they had done things correctly, say, five years ago, we wouldn't be in this situation now, and I don't think people would be talking about independence. And from the Catalan side, yes, a phased independence is the option which had more strength I believe. It will/would be a long and complicated process. Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister has ceased all the Catalan government (as the article 155 is now approved and in action), and said he's holding autonomic elections in Catalonia on the 21st of December. Let's see how events unfold. --- Let me stress once more why I think Catalonia needed to declare independence now. A few months ago, a poll revealed that 80% of the Catalan population wanted a referendum to decide about independence. We already knew that about a 50% wanted independence, and that a considerable percentage (20-30%) only considered the option if it was in agreement with Spain. Rajoy had said that he was open to talk about anything except about a possible referendum for independence, or anything related. So, from the Catalan point of view it seemed that this was the only way to be heard and taken into consideration, either nationally within Spain or internationally. --- And let me just share two more facts about Catalonia. First, the national day in Catalonia is the 11th of September, and we remember the defeat of 1714. Second, the national Catalan anthem is about defending the land against an enemy. And indeed, that enemy is the spanish army, in the context of a succession war between Spain and France in the early 1600s. With this I just mean: you cannot expect the region to comply to policies against its people, given all the past history, the dictatorship and how some things are too similar to that period. You need to embrace the diversity within your country, and act accordingly. As I said above in this post, I'm almost certain that we would not be in this situation if things had been done differently in the last few years.
  14. Catalonia

    Yes, I do think this is just to show they're serious. Since this is a power move, I would say that so far nothing will happen. We have to wait and see. But yes, with every process like this, whatever you do some people will not be satisfied.
  15. Catalonia

    We do not have army. Currency and everything else needs to be sorted out, I'm not exactly sure how much the Catalan government has prepared. This would be a long process. And you're right, international recognition is needed. But Spain will take over in a few hours, the Senate just voted to intervene Catalonia, so I don't know what will happen. Probably none of the above. They would have taken over no matter what. As I see it, this declaration of independence is just an attempt to resist the spanish intervention. Let me add, I'm not happy. I'm extremely worried. With the way Spain has handled this independence movement, there were two alternatives: inaction and submission, or what they've done. This should have been resolved between political leaders, talking. But it was not possible. Let's see what happens now.