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Tens of Thousands Protest in Catalonia Against Moves Towards Authoritarian Rule in Spain

Tens of Thousands Protest in Catalonia Against Moves Towards Authoritarian Rule in Spain

Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday in Catalonia against the detention of Catalan nationalists as political prisoners by the Spanish central government after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. The protest—called as a strike by the small, Catalan-separatist Intersindical-CSC union—pointed to wider opposition to the suspension of Catalonia’s elected government by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and Rajoy’s moves[Read More…]

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Spanish Army Threatens To Intervene In Catalonia As Ministers Are Jailed

Spanish Army Threatens To Intervene In Catalonia As Ministers Are Jailed

Co-Written by Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier  After imposing Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to suspend Catalonia’s elected government last week, Spain, backed by the European Union (EU), is rapidly moving towards a military regime. As High Court judge Carmen Lamela remanded into custody eight ministers of the Catalan regional government, Spanish armed forces chief General Fernando Alejandre threatened[Read More…]

Catalan Premier Appeals To EU As Opposition Mounts To Madrid’s Crackdown

Catalan Premier Appeals To EU As Opposition Mounts To Madrid’s Crackdown

From Brussels, where he fled to escape prosecution by Spanish authorities, deposed Catalan regional premier Carles Puigdemont appealed yesterday for the European Union to intervene in the secession crisis. Last week, Madrid invoked Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to impose an unelected regime in Catalonia in response to the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. Now Puigdemont is asking the[Read More…]

Spain Imposes Military Rule In Catalonia To Preempt Independence Bid

Spain Imposes Military Rule In Catalonia To Preempt Independence Bid

Co-Written By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López  The Spanish Senate formally voted 214-47 on Friday to authorize the implementation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, suspending parliamentary rule in Catalonia. It handed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy full powers to suspend the Catalan regional government, proceed with punitive measures outlined in Rajoy’s October 21 speech, and impose an unelected[Read More…]

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Spain Annuls Catalan Self-Government, Prepares Military Rule From Madrid

Spain Annuls Catalan Self-Government, Prepares Military Rule From Madrid

On Saturday, three weeks after the savage police crackdown on the October 1 Catalan independence referendum, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy formally announced the invocation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to strip Catalonia’s regional government of its powers. In its place, Madrid is to install an unelected government in Barcelona backed by the Spanish army, Guardia Civil paramilitary police and[Read More…]

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Spain Moves Toward Military Rule In Catalonia

Spain Moves Toward Military Rule In Catalonia

In a menacing speech to the Spanish Congress on Wednesday, Popular Party (PP) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stated that, in response to Catalan regional Premier Carles Puigdemont’s speech affirming the October 1 independence referendum, he was preparing to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. This provision allows Madrid to suspend the authority of the Catalan regional government and seize[Read More…]

Catalan Premier Affirms Right To Independence From Spain, But Delays Formal Declaration

Catalan Premier Affirms Right To Independence From Spain, But Delays Formal Declaration

Speaking Tuesday evening before the Catalan parliament in Barcelona, regional premier Carles Puigdemont announced that Catalonia would secede from Spain, in line with the result of the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. However, he put off a formal declaration of independence for now and requested negotiations with the central government in Madrid. The Popular Party (PP) government of Prime Minister[Read More…]

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Spain Prepares Military Crackdown In Catalonia

Spain Prepares Military Crackdown In Catalonia

With Spanish military and police units already being deployed, Madrid has signaled that it is preparing a brutal crackdown in Catalonia. Spain’s Constitutional Court yesterday said that Monday’s planned session of the Catalan regional parliament, at which it was expected that the separatist parties would make a unilateral declaration of independence, must not take place. Coming after failing in a[Read More…]

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Fears Of Nuclear War Grow After Trump’s Threat To Annihilate North Korea

Fears Of Nuclear War Grow After Trump’s Threat To Annihilate North Korea

US President Donald Trump’s fascistic tirade at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, in which he declared Washington “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy North Korea,” shocked and horrified people around the world yesterday. The North Korean regime’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned that it might now attack US targets if it detects that US[Read More…]

French Media Hail Macron’s Moves Away From US Anti-Russian Policies

French Media Hail Macron’s Moves Away From US Anti-Russian Policies

Yesterday, French media applauded newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s summit Monday in Versailles with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This enthusiasm was all the more significant as the newspapers made little effort to hide the fact that Macron was shifting towards Moscow despite Washington’s open hostility to Russia. “In the finery of the castle of Versailles,” Le Monde wrote in its[Read More…]

Turkey, Russia, Iran Sign Deal On Syria After Shooting Of Russian Ambassador To Turkey

Turkey, Russia, Iran Sign Deal On Syria After Shooting Of Russian Ambassador To Turkey

Yesterday, top Russian, Turkish, and Iranian officials met in Moscow and signed a declaration they billed as ending the US-instigated war in Syria. Coming after Russian-backed Syrian army units captured the key city of Aleppo from US-backed Islamist fighters, the deal shows that moves to improve ties between the three countries are continuing despite Monday’s assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov.

Amid Mosul Offensive, Turkey Denounces US Policy, Stakes Claims In Balkans

Amid Mosul Offensive, Turkey Denounces US Policy, Stakes Claims In Balkans

The US-directed attack on Mosul and fallout from the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, backed by Washington and the European Union (EU), is fueling explosive tensions inside Turkey and in Turkey’s relations with the major imperialist powers. Desperate to stabilize his regime, Erdogan is stoking nationalist sentiment and implicitly reserving the right to intervene militarily across[Read More…]

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. At least 17 of the wounded are severely injured and clinging to life. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has confirmed that one of its members was getting married at the wedding.[Read More…]

Russian Helicopter Shot Down In Syria As Battle Rages Over Aleppo

Russian Helicopter Shot Down In Syria As Battle Rages Over Aleppo

Five Russian servicemen were killed Monday when US-backed Islamist opposition militias shot down a helicopter in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province. The downing of the helicopter took place as fighting raged in Aleppo between US-backed opposition militias and Russian and Syrian government forces. The helicopter was shot down near Saraqeb, halfway between Aleppo and Khmeimim air base, where many Russian aircraft[Read More…]

Erdogan Accuses US Of Supporting Failed Coup In Turkey

Erdogan Accuses US Of Supporting Failed Coup In Turkey

Relations between Ankara and Washington are deteriorating rapidly following the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, which the Turkish government believes was supported by the Obama administration. In a series of stunning statements on Friday, delivered from the bombed-out ruins of a police base in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly accused the US government of backing the coup.

NATO Summit Plans Escalation Against Russia In Eastern Europe, Middle East

NATO Summit Plans Escalation Against Russia In Eastern Europe, Middle East

On Saturday, the second and final day of the NATO summit in Warsaw, NATO officials and heads of state approved a major military escalation in Eastern Europe and continuing deployments to Afghanistan. These initiatives, together with expanded NATO military cooperation with former Soviet republics, including Georgia and Ukraine, are all aimed at encircling and preparing for war against Russia. The[Read More…]