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Wednesday, 8.5.2015

Last-minute salvation for five languages in five continents

Date: 24/07/2015

REPORT. At the end of the 20th century, Livonian, Sencoten, N|uu, Gumbaynggirr and Kusunda languages seemed doomed to extinction. But the awakening of their communities and action from linguists have prevented their deaths. Immersive schools, new technologies and enthusiasm are key to explain it [+]

  • "Iraqi Kurds are less able to declare independence than they used to be one year ago"

    Date: 29/06/2015

    Cale Salih is fellow member of the European Council for Foreign Relations as an expert in the Kurdish question. She had previously worked for the International Crisis Group. A few days ago Salih analyzed Kurdistan's political and military situation in a seminar organized by the CIDOB centre in Barcelona. In this interview, Salih speaks about the role of Kurdish players in Syria and Iraq and the relations between them and with foreign powers. "Before ISIS took over Mosul, Iraqi Kurdistan was in a moment of state building, economic growth, democratisation, reforms… But now the priority is the fight against ISIS," Salih says. [+]

  • "Direct military involvement of the Saudi-led coalition has only exacerbated and prolonged the Yemeni crisis"

    Date: 23/06/2015

    INTERVIEW. International relations analyst Olga Aymerich says chances of reaching an agreement in the short term are at odds in Yemen as alliances in the field are new and artificial, with high levels of mistrust · In South Yemen, pro-independence supporters would be in a weak position in an end-of-the-conflict scenario, Aymerich argues [+]

  • Pro-autonomy unity list hopes to shake up Breton politics

    Date: 16/06/2015

    Two main Breton political parties announce deal to run joint list for December's Regional Council election · Coalition intends to clear 10% threshold, make it into second round for the first time ever · Bonnets Rouges leader Christian Troadec to be top candidate [+]

  • "We want to have a self-determined, democratically legitimated Sorbian Parliament"

    Date: 30/04/2015

    INTERVIEW. A group of Sorbs started in 2011 a citizens' initiative to push for the establishment of the Serbski Sejmik, or Sorbian Parliament, within the legal framework of federal Germany. European Free Alliance (EFA) member Lusatian Alliance party is now raising this demand at the European level. Nationalia spoke in Bautzen to Lusatian Alliance President Hannes Wilhelm-Kel on this and other Sorbian current affairs. [+]

  • Departmental elections: pro-autonomy representatives elected in Northern Basque Country, Brittany, Corsica

    Date: 30/03/2015

    Euskal Herria Bai defeats National Front in Errobi-Aturri canton by a 56-point margin, secures two seats · MBP candidates in Brittany win elections in two cantons · Pro-autonomy Insieme per Bastia gets three candidates elected in Haute-Corse [+]

  • "We call for the immediate release of Arnaldo Otegi, a man who took risks for peace and democracy"

    Date: 25/03/2015

    24 world leaders endorse declaration highlighting role of jailed Basque leader in bringing peace to the Basque Country · Text demands the end of Spain's dispersal policy of Basque prisoners · List of endorsers includes former presidents, Nobel Peace Prize winners [+]

  • NPLD calls EU to grant official status to Catalan, Basque, Welsh, other languages

    Date: 06/02/2015

    European network bringing together governments and civil society groups wants EU institutions to highlight non-state languages as cultural, economic assets · Demands are based on 2013 resolution by the European Parliament · NPLD to promote Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity over next few months [+]

  • 89% of Austrians would favour reunification with South Tyrol: survey

    Date: 28/01/2015

    NEWS IN BRIEF. Opinion poll contradicts another one in 2011 according to which North Tyroleans vastly rejected union [+]

  • Five reasons why the battle of Kobanê is important

    Date: 26/01/2015

    Kurdish YPG-YPJ militias claimed victory in Kobanê after four months and a half facing Islamic State attacks. This crisis has brought unprecedented international attention on the Kurdish struggle. Why is this battle so important? An explanation by David Forniès* [+]

  • Tamils oust Rajapaksa from Sri Lankan presidency

    Date: 12/01/2015

    President loses election to Maithripala Sirisena by a margin of less than 4 percentage points · Massive Tamil support to Sirisena is key to understand the result · Tamil National Alliance had called Tamils to vote against Rajapaksa, whom it deems as anti-Tamil [+]

  • Inuvialuit to receive autonomy within Canada

    Date: 23/07/2015

    Inuits of the Northwest Territories sign agreement in-principle leading to own Constitution, government, assembly · Powers on language, culture, health, justice, taxes, economy to be devolved · Final agreement pending [+]

  • Representatives to meet in Rodés to establish the Occitan National Assembly

    Date: 22/07/2015

    New body aims at "obtaining recognition of the existence of the Occitan nation and its right to self-determination" · Representatives of Occitanist parties and organizations expected to attend meeting [+]

  • Armenia to allocate parliamentary seats to Yazidis

    Date: 21/07/2015

    Draft constitutional reform provides for a quota of 2 MPs · Some 35,000 Armenian citizens belong to the Yazidi community, according to census [+]

  • West Kurdistan self-government marks 3rd anniversary

    Date: 20/07/2015

    Withdrawal of Syrian army units loyal to Al-Assad in July 2012 opened the door to the establishment of the autonomous cantons of Efrîn, Kobanê and Cizîre · A system of autonomous communes has been implemented, based on the principles of Öcalan's democratic confederalism · Feminism, ecologism and cooperativism given a prominent role · Critics argue PKK-linked PYD has implemented a de facto one-party model [+]

  • One millon speakers for a thriving Welsh language

    Date: 17/07/2015

    Pro-language Cymdeithas tells parties the goal of the next Welsh government should be to double the current number of Welsh speakers · Group says Welsh-medium schools are crucial · Next Welsh election is set for May 2016 [+]

  • Referendum in Republika Srpska "threatens sovereignty" of Bosnia

    Date: 16/07/2015

    EU, US oppose vote on the authority of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina over Bosnian Serb territory · Srpska president believes the Court violates Bosnian Serb judicial independence · Russia argues referendum should not be attacked, but roots of the problems should be addressed [+]

  • Former ecosocialist MEP to lead Catalan pro-independence wide electoral alliance

    Date: 15/07/2015

    44-year-old Raül Romeva says "commitment" to Catalan state "collectively undertaken" for Sep 27 election · Independents given prominent spots in pro-independence list supported by civil society groups, CDC and ERC parties · Pro-independence camp seeks to start legal process towards full independence in election aftermath, Spanish government rejects move [+]

  • Thousands demand for one week unification of Romania and Moldova

    Date: 15/07/2015

    Protesters ask Romanian, Moldovan lawmakers to draft legal procedure for two-state marger · Romanian president, prime minister say both countries share "common destiny," commit themselves to nothing · Unification is fiercely opposed by Moldova's pro-Russian main opposition party [+]

  • West Papua wins observer status in Melanesian Spearhead Group

    Date: 14/07/2015

    Regional body does not grant West Papuan liberation movement full membership, but in spite of this pro-independence group welcomes move as historic victory · "It is first step to full political recognition", says pro-independence leader [+]

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