INTERVIEW. Professor Stephen W. Day specializes in Yemen and says "it is difficult to imagine a full revival of the old South" because of social and political changes undergone since unification with the North in 1990 · Yemen president proposes a federal model with five self-governing regions; he risks being branded a "traitor to the nation", Day warns
Scotland and Catalonia are the best-known examples of countries willing to call a vote on independence, but there is a longer list including Pacific islands and several autonomous territories · Referendums are sometimes used as a bargain chip in order to get more powers without having to declare independence
NEWS IN BRIEF. Men delivered to a delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio, MFDC leader says that “the fight for independence goes on”
INTERVIEW. Lurdes Vidal, Chief Officer for Arab and Mediterranean World of Barcelona's European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) speaks to Nationalia on some key facts on the vote that has given Palestine a status as an observer state in the UN. Vidal considers that recent Gaza attacks and the permanent pro-Israel stance by the US have worked against the Israeli position.