PEOPLES AND NATIONS TODAY. Almost completely out of the blue, a small nation with a population of approximately 60,000 has hit the headlines alongside the word ‘self-determination’. On November 25, 2008 Greenland took another step towards amicably severing ties with Denmark, its former colonizer. It remains uncertain whether Greenlanders will opt for autonomy or full independence, but one thing is clear: the people of Greenland will be the ones to decide.
DOSSIER. When nationalists predict which will be the next European nation to achieve statehood, Scotland and Flanders almost always top the list. Flanders has its own parliament, dominated by pro-autonomy and pro-independence groups, and today threatens the very existence of the federal state of Belgium, at one of its lowest points since state reforms began in 1970.
The pressure from the Sri Lankan military on the rebel guerillas continues, the same guerillas who still have control over the North East of the island · Amnesty International has put out a warning on the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Wanni, where the fighting is centralized, provoking 300,000 displaced civilians · Last week, the Sri Lankan Government rejected a cease fire from the Tamil Tigers.
DOSSIER. Reunification of historic Brittany, Breton-medium education and recognition of Brittany’s Celtic heritage are some of the main battlegrounds for political parties and civil society in Brittany today. The Bretons have made ground by exerting considerable collective pressure – the network of Breton-language, or Diwan, schools, is a good example of their achievements to date – despite the fact that they have just as little autonomy as any other region of France.
OPINION. Aureli Argemí, president of CIEMEN, analyses the results of the US elections earlier this month, highlighting the importance of the minority vote. Argemí explores the relationship between democracy and respect for marginalized groups.