An extreme nationalist Basque group, ANV, was recently banned for being the latest in a succession of ETA front organisations. In Navarre their political representation promote Anschluss with the Basque Country proper, and in a small town called Villava their councillors hung the Basque flag (representing the race, the feudal laws, and the Catholic faith) from their desks during meetings. The centre-right UPN responded by displaying emblems of the local football team, and the centre-left PSN went one better by hanging up an Iron Maiden banner. Check mega-hero councillor José Luis Úriz’s blog entry, this is my flag, as well as some some fine fan art. (Via Greg Luri)
- Can an independent trade union survive in Spain?
Or do they all live off the state in order to live at all? This re the emergence of an independent domestic workers union in Barcelona, Sindihogar.
- Minister Monsignor
Most of you will only have heard of Spanish socialist defence minister, José Bono, for his having called Tony Blair “a dickhead” and for his having awarded himself a gong for flying the small Spanish contingent out of Iraq and back to barracks. It would be unfair of this blog to focus on Catalan ethnofascists …
- How many votes did it take to elect your councillor in the 2011 Catalan municipals?
The answer’s somewhere between 11 and 5,016. Time to merge small ayuntamientos?
- Spanish Galway
Someone has been trying recently & kindly to hammer into my thick skull the nature and depth of early Irish ties with Iberia. Here’s a bleeding chunk from a piece called The City of the Tribes: Italian Memories in an Irish Port in a recently cited James Joyce anthology (Occasional, Critical, and Political Writings):The lazy