Will Catalonia Declare Independence After Spain Moves to Impose Direct Rule, Oust Catalan Leaders? | Democracy Now!: Spain is plunged into a political crisis as the Spanish government moves to impose direct rule over Catalonia, following the region’s independence referendum. On Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the move, stripping the northeastern region of its autonomy in an effort to crush Catalonia’s independence movement. Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday, Rajoy said he will invoke Article 155 of the Constitution, which has never been used in Spain’s modern democratic history. The speaker of the Catalan Parliament has called Spain’s move to seize political control of the region a “de facto coup d’�tat.” Puigdemont said that Catalonia’s Parliament will meet in the coming days, amid speculation he might unilaterally declare Catalan independence. For more, we speak with Dominic Thomas, professor at University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in European politics.
Tribes Blast ‘Wannabe’ Native American Professor: [thedailybeast.com] In a blog post on Thursday night, Smith maintained that she is Cherokee, that she has “consistently identified [herself] based on what [she] knew to be true,” and that “[t]here have been innumerable false statements made about [her] in the media.”
On June 30, research analyst and Cherokee genealogist David Cornsilk confirmed to The Daily Beast that he analyzed Smith’s genealogy at her request twice in the 1990s, finding no evidence of Cherokee ancestry either time. In response to Smith’s latest claim, Cornsilk again told The Daily Beast that she is not Cherokee and challenged her to share her ancestry publicly if she continues to label herself as Cherokee.
In her statement, Smith did not list any specific media statements that she feels are false nor did she offer evidence to refute the claims that she is not Cherokee. As was the case with The Daily Beast’s original report, Smith did not respond to request for comment.
Smith’s continued identification as Cherokee has been widely compared to the case of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who became the center of a media firestorm last month for posing as black while serving as an NAACP chapter president. Since The Daily Beast article on Smith was published, several media outlets including Inside Higher Education, Salon, and Indian Country Today have amplified the allegations that Smith, like Dolezal, has a lengthy history of “ethnic fraud.”
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"The longer the polarisation (in Spain) and the harder it is to resolve the conflict, the more the potential for these groups to get organised and gain political influence, or take to the streets," says political analyst Pablo Simon. "There have never been such big protests with Spanish flags, and that's what these groups are taking advantage of to grow bolder and expand. "They're becoming more visible." Historian Xavier Casals, who specialises in the far-right, counters that there is currently no political party with a brand strong enough to capitalise on the Catalan crisis. But he adds it is difficult to gauge what will happen as "the situation in Catalonia is evolving rapidly, with unpredictable and changing scenarios." Unlike other European countries such as France or Germany, Spain's far-right is very much on the margin and "has been hugely fragmented since the start of the 1980s," says Jordi Borras, a photojournalist who has long studied the issue. The country's national parliament has not had any far-right lawmaker since 1982. After Spain transitioned to democracy in the 1970s, the far-right found itself unable to broaden its appeal beyond nostalgia for Francisco Franco's 1939-1975 dictatorship, says Borras. Not only that, but many people who identify with the far-right vote for Spain's conservative Popular Party, which is currently in power, he adds.
Gobierno somalí anuncia que muertos en atentado aumentaron a 358 - [prensa-latina.cu] Mogadiscio, 21 oct (PL) Los muertos en el atentado en Somalia mediante la explosión de dos vehículos el pasado 14 de octubre aumentaron a 358, mientras el país espera por una declaración oficial de guerra contra los atacantes, anunció hoy el gobierno.
La nueva cifra de fallecidos responde en parte a la localización de desaparecidos o a la identificación entre estos de personas calcinadas por el fuego de edificios y autos, mientras la acción bélica está dirigida al grupo islamista Al Shabab, acusado del ataque por el gobierno...Mogadishu, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The dead in the Somali bombing by the explosion of two vehicles last October 14 increased to 358, while the country awaits an official declaration of war against the attackers, announced the government today. The new death toll is partly attributable to the location of missing persons or the identification of persons burned by fire from buildings and cars, while the war is directed at the Islamist group Al Shabab, accused of the attack by the government.
I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 19/10/2017- The photo featuring two toddlers wearing a yellow star was widely circulated on Twitter under the hashtag #anti020week. The digits are the Amsterdam-area dial code, which in soccer jargon references the city’s main soccer club, Ajax. The picture, in which one child appears to be nearing tears, also featured the caption “When 020 had only one star.” The children pictured, Avram and Emanuel Rosenthal, 5 and 2 years old respectively, were rounded up to be murdered shortly after their picture was taken in Lithuania in 1944. Shared by many supporters of the Feyenoord team of Rotterdam, the photo offers an extreme example of how fans of Ajax rivals mock the memory of the Holocaust. Ajax players and supporters are often called “Jews” in recognition of the large Jewish community that had existed in the Dutch capital before 80 percent of its members were murdered in the Holocaust by Germans and Dutch collaborators. Some Ajax fans self-identify as Jews.