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Friday, 9.4.2015

Tamils lead Sri Lankan opposition for the first time in last three decades

Date: 04/09/2015

Two major Sinhalese coalitions form unity government · Tamil National Alliance leader suggests granting "maximum power" to "three to five regions" · Sinhalese parties reluctant to give up Sri Lanka's unitary model [+]

  • "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 [+]

  • Pro-indy parties win clear majority in Faroese election, full independence not an immediate outcome

    Date: 03/09/2015

    Parties seeking independence from Denmark hold 19 out of 33 seats in Parliament, do not agree on how and when a Faroese sovereign state should be declared · Next government to lean towards the left [+]

  • Tibetan government-in-exile calls again on China to negotiate broad autonomy

    Date: 02/09/2015

    Lobsang Sangay tells Xi Jinping "dialeg is only viable solution," insists Middle Way proposal should be implemented · Chinese government reiterates Tibetan proposal is disguised attempt to obtain independence in all but name [+]

  • Rising tensions in Bolivia over oil and gas exploitation on indigenous lands

    Date: 01/09/2015

    On August 19, members of the People’s Guarani Assembly of Takova Mora blocked a main highway in the Chaco region of Bolivia demanding their right to free, prior and informed consent regarding oil extraction on their communal lands. The Government responded by sending in 300 police who broke up the demonstration by force. An article by Fionuala Cregan* [+]

  • United States' tallest mountain restored its original indigenous name

    Date: 31/08/2015

    Mount McKinley officially renamed as Mount Denali after decades-long controversy · Obama administration says decision shows "recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska" [+]

  • Share of Hindus in India falls below 80% as Muslims now exceed 14%

    Date: 27/08/2015

    Proportion of Muslims in India highest since independence · Growth rate of Muslim community slows down, same trend reported in other religious groups · United Nations say India to overtake China in 2022 as world's most populous country [+]

  • Pro-independence Scottish socialists join 2016 election race, unveil new alliance

    Date: 26/08/2015

    Anti-capitalist parties, movements, unions come together under the RISE umbrella · Alliance to compete for voters against SNP, Labour · Promoters say they seek "full independence from the British state and its monarch", "participatory democracy, democratic public ownership, redistribution of wealth and power" [+]

  • New linguistic policy aimed at immediately promoting Asturian demanded

    Date: 25/08/2015

    Association for the Defence of the Asturian Language welcomes PSOE-IU deal seeking language "normalization", demands concrete action starting from September 8th · Academy of the Asturian Language to forward "concrete proposal" on Asturian language official status to political parties [+]

  • Tuaregs, Tubus boycott Libyan Constitutional Assembly over rights' recognition

    Date: 24/08/2015

    Representatives of both peoples want their languages, cultures officially protected under new Constitution · Most Constitutional Assembly Arab members prefer to keep Arabic as Libya's sole official language · War-torn country remains divided between several militias, has two parliaments, governments · Amazigh Supreme Council announces establishment of elected high council [+]

  • Suruç, month 1

    Date: 20/08/2015

    July 20 bombings have opened a new phase of the armed conflict opposing Turkish forces and the Kurdish movement · PKK, Turkish army admit having lost dozens of their members · Kurdish sources blame the Turkish air force for bombing villages, killing civilians · Self-government has been unilaterally declared in Kurdish towns, districts [+]


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