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Shanghai Express Madrid-Catalonia/XANGAI EXPRÉS MADRID-CATALUNYA

Shanghai Express Madrid-Catalonia

by Josep C. Verges

SPAIN-POLITICS-REGION-CATALONIA-DIADAThe Barcelona V: 6 kms of the Diagonal, seen here from La Caixa, and 5 kms of the Gran Via, with 1.8 million demonstrators according to the police demanding to vote on independence 9 November. Below: The Swiss know what is going on: Café Zurich in Plaça Catalunya on top of the Rambles with the Catalan flag on 9/11.


Denialists are increasingly isolated internationally. The foreign correspondents in Madrid no longer believe the misinformation, to put it mildly, of the Madrid media and make good use of the new high speed train to go to Catalonia and see what is really going on about the referendum. Foreign media has improved tremendously its information unlike Madrid, unmovable as usual. The NZZ correspondent has taken the Shanghai Express to the peninsular Far East as I comment:


„Cornelia Derichsweiler deserves congratulations for her well researched analysis of Catalonia (Mobilmachung für Unabhängigkeit, 9 September). There is no longer a night train from far away Madrid (620 kms), but instead a high speed train that lets her in two hours interview Catalans live instead of reading the clueless Madrid press. Just two comments. First on the brutality of the Constitutional Court that created the whole crisis in 2010: The Catalan Statute had been previously voted and passed by the Catalan Parliament, the Spanish Congress and a referendum in Catalonia. What would the Swiss say if a law passed in three separate was afterwards massively altered? Second, only a minority of business representatives are against independence and never against a referendum. The biggest, the Chamber of Commerce, is neutral on independence and the small and medium business organizations are clearly in favour. There are few big companies in highly industrialised Catalonia. The “third way” is no alternative to a democratic vote in Catalonia, either a referendum or a new Parliament with a single multiparty platform: independence.“

(„Eilzug nach Katalonien,“ by Josep C. Vergés, NZZ, 13 September 2014)


Xangai Exprés Madrid-Catalunya

per Josep C. Vergés

cafe zurichEls suissos ho tenen clar: El Cafè Zurich de la Plaça Catalunya a la capçalera de les Rambles amb la senyera l’11 de setembre. Primera foto: V de Barcelona: 6 kms de Diagonal, aquí vista des de La Caixa, i 5 kms de Gran Via, amb 1,8 milions segons la policia exigint votar la independència el 9 novembre.

Els negacionistes estan quedant aillats internacionalment. Els corresponsals estrangers a Madrid ja no es creuen la desinformació, per dir-ho suau, dels mitjans de Madrid i aprofiten el nou AVE per anar a Catalunya per veure realment què està passant amb el referèndum. Els mitjans estrangers informen cada vegada més correctament, que no Madrid, immobilista com sempre. La corresponsal d’NZZ ha agafat el Xangai Exprés cap a l’Orient Llunyà de la Península com comento:


„Cal felicitar Cornelia Derichsweiler per la seva bona investigació a fons sobre Catalunya (Mobilmachung für Unabhängigkeit, 9 setembre). Ja no hi ha exprés de nit de la molt llunyana Madrid (620 kms), però sí AVEs que li han permès en dues hores entrevistar en directe catalans sense haver de llegir els mitjans madrilenys que no tenen ni idea. Només dos comentaris. Primer, sobre la brutalitat del Tribunal Constitucional que el 2010 ha desencadenat tota la crisi: l’Estatut català havia estat prèviament aprovat en tres votacions del Parlament català, del Congrés espanyol i en referèndum a Catalunya. Què dirien els suissos d’una llei aprovada tres vegades en votacions que posteriorment fos canviada a fons? Segon, només una minoria dels representants empresarials està en contra de la independència i mai en contra d’un referèndum. El representant principal, la Cambra de Comerç, és neutral i les organitzacions de les petites i mitjanes empreses estan clarament a favor. A la fortament industrialitzada Catalunya hi han poques grans empreses. La «tercera via» no és cap alternativa a una elecció democràtica a Catalunya, o bé un referèndum o sinó renovació del Parlament amb un programa comú i únic dels partits: la independència.“

(„Eilzug nach Katalonien,“ per Josep C. Vergés, NZZ, 13 setembre 2014)


15 September 2014 - Posted by | News comment/Comentari al dia, Politics/Política | ,

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  1. I like your optimism about foreign correspondents, since I’m overwhelmed by the awful inaccuracy of almost everything that I see in English. An friend in Barcelona wrote to me this morning:” There’s this strange phenomenon I found while talking to international press on Thursday that it feels like they don’t trust anyone here, they would rather trust someone from farther away, as if the farther away people are somehow more impartial, and have the same knowledge. They play lip service to impartiality by strenuously looking for the “other side” even as they ignore what’s right in front of them. I’m not quite sure how to combat it.” And the linked article has now appeared in which the sole authority on Catalan affairs is a Catalan-hating Englishman with no qualifications at all, who has set up a Web site called The Spain Report, where he talks about Catalan “rebellion” and “violence against peaceful unionists.” He doesn’t know even the most basic things about Catalonia. And here he is, with his usual tics, like insisting on calling the President of Catalonia the “First Minister,” etc. And the Diada V of perhaps 2 million people was just a “publicity stunt”!

    The Business Insider has 700,000 followers on Twitter alone. So I’m not quite as sanguine as you are! But I hope you’re right.

    Note from the editor: The advantage of reading non-English (and non-Spanish) press is that you get the wider picture. The Swiss papers are clearly favourable, a recent change by the way. I don’t think the media, old or new, is that decisive. How many support Scotland? Not even the NYT in rebel-held America. Does La Vanguardia -the widest read paper here- support Catalonia?

    Roger:I don’t read English-language media to get a “wider picture.” I do it to monitor it and do what I can to help the projection of Catalonia to English-speaking readers. (And I spend the greater part of every day reading non-English language media, by the way.) Since I wrote to you earlier, I was directed to this Washington Post piece, which will be read, naturally by many influential people:

    To which I responded: ‘Any journalist who can write “Artur Mas, president of Catalonia and the region’s most outspoken nationalist politician” simply hasn’t done the basic homework. Every man woman and literate child in the Spanish State knows that President Mas is very far from fitting that description. They know about the others—which a reporter should, too. The President and his party of moderate conservatives are recent converts to the idea of independence for Catalonia and have the merit of having made common cause with the far more radical and “outspoken” political leaders who favor independence. He has always kept his rhetoric extremely calm, has famously hardly ever even uttered the word “independence” and just a few days ago allowed himself to say “referendum” instead of “consultation.” Some outspeaker!’

    Note from the editor: I agree that most reporting is pathetic. The advantage of Catalans is that we never had any help from anyone so none is expected. In fact today there are quite a few people ready to listen and write properly. Do you think Washington Post will influence anything? Having failed to convince Roy I don’t tbink I can convince anyone not willing to listen. But it is worth a try and I congratulate you on your perseverance.

    Roger: I certainly agree with you about people who are unwilling to listen. But many people (some of whom I know and talk with) really do read such media to learn facts and to be persuaded. And, yes, I do think that the Washington Post (not really a very good newspaper now) has very much influence in its not inconsiderable realm. If all that millions of people know is what they read in such sources, I’m willing to do the little I can to see that there is some increase of true stuff in them.

    Note from the editor: I’ve just seen a BBC programme about Scotland, interviewing a US Democrat Congressman and Muriel Casals in split screens. The interesting thing is that the Congressman was against Scottish independence and for Catalan independence arguing that Catalonia will not have economic difficulties sicne it already has the Euro!


    Comment by Roger | 15 September 2014 | Reply

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