Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Only Thing Catalans Hate More Than Real Madrid Is Time Magazine

Proponents of the long suffering Catalan independence movement are mad as hell at Time Magazine. Time unfortunately left out Catalonia when it listed the top ten countries in the world who aspire to be independent. Because of this oversight the Catalan independence blog Whispers From The US - Internationalization of Catalan Cause has started a letter writing campaign aimed at Time's editors. The hope is to educate people on an international level about the desires of millions of Catalans to form an independent and sovereign state.

There are more than 7.5 million Catalans today who speak the native and beloved Catalan language. Catalonia takes up most all of the Northeastern part of what is now considered Spain by ignorant American tourists and unwashed student backpackers. I often found it amusing when Americans planning a trip to Barcelona would study Spanish for months only to arrive in what they thought was Spain and find that the locals generally don't like to speak a foreign language like Spanish in Catalonia. Catalonia is generally considered to be the areas where the Catalan language is spoken in Northeastern part of the Iberian peninsula . Andorra and parts of southern France were once part of a Catalan empire also. These areas are generally referred to by Catalans as Països Catalans, or the Catalan countries.

When you talk of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Pau Casals, Antoni Gaudí, or even LA laker star Pau Gasol your talking about Catalans. If you called them Spanish I'm sure they'd not be happy about it. But it's a common mistake that Americans and others make. 

I am lucky to have made many Catalan friends over the years during several trips to Catalonia and a short period of living there. So I know they'd be please if you'd click here to use the form email and let Time magazine know they screwed up big time on this! Or you can also send  personal email to letters@time.com and tell the editor to check his facts when it comes to their uninformed and incomplete listings of who who among the  world's independence movements.

Here's some facts about Catalonia:

"Autonomous community (pop. 7,500,000) and historic region, northeastern Spain. It encompasses the provinces of Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, and Lleida and covers an area of 12,399 sq mi (32,113 sq km). Its capital is Barcelona. The Pyrenees separate Catalonia from France; the Mediterranean Sea lies to the east. Its principal rivers, the Ter, Llobrégat, and Ebro, all run into the Mediterranean. Catalonia was one of Rome's first Spanish possessions. Occupied in the 5th century AD by the Goths, it was taken by the Moors in 712 and by Charlemagne in 795. After the unification of Spain (1469), Catalonia lost its centrality in Spanish affairs, and by the 17th century its conflict of interest with Castile-León led to the first of a series of separatist movements. Catalan nationalism became a serious force after 1876. In 1932 a compromise with the central government granted Catalonia autonomy; this was revoked with the 1939 Nationalist victory in the Spanish Civil War, and Francisco Franco's government adopted a repressive policy toward Catalan nationalism. The reestablishment of democratic rule after Franco's death again led to autonomy in 1979. Today it is the richest and most industrialized part of Spain." - Answers.com

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:23 PM

    PICASSO IS ANDALUCIAN, CATALANOIAS 7.5 MILLION POPULATION IS PREDOMINATELY NOT OF CATALAN ORIGIN. SURNAMES LIKE GARCIA, HERNANDEZ, SANCHEZ, GOMEZ, FERNANDEZ ARE MORE COMMON THAN CATALAN NAMES. HECK EVEN THE FORMER HEAD WAS CALLED MONTILLA. FURTHERMORE, ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS MORE PEOPLE SPEAK SPANISH THAN CATALAN, ALSO, CATALONIA WAS NEVER AN EMPIRE. IT WAS A DUKEDOM AND LATER PART OF THE KINGDOM OF ARAGON. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT

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  2. Anonymous3:16 AM

    It has been omitted because it is a lost cause. The mossos are hardly an army yet. Independence needs to be attained through blood and sweat, not by promoting a dead language.

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