News 17.2.2024 a les 20:00h

Awal, the popular project that wants to make the internet speak Amazigh

Catalonia is home to several minoritised languages. As is well known, there are two non-hegemonic languages traditionally spoken in the country—Catalan and Occitan. Recent migrations have brought in groups of minoritised language speakers. The largest of these is Amazigh, a language spoken in North Africa, where it has at least 20 million speakers, although it is in decline. In Catalonia, there are more than 100,000 Amazigh speakers. Their perseverance generates materials for learning and using the language. The latest example is the Awal project. Keep reading

Un instant de la Marató Lingüística Awal, a la seu del CIEMEN a Barcelona.
News 5.2.2024 a les 12:30h

O’Neill envisages Irish unity referendum within decade

Michelle O’Neill has made history by becoming the first Irish nationalist leader to head a Northern Ireland government. In her first interview after her election, the Sinn Féin leader answered “yes” to whether she sees a reunification referendum “within the next 10 years.” Keep reading

Michelle O'Neill.
News 26.1.2024 a les 09:15h

North Macedonia Aromanians look for ray of hope

The Aromanians represent part of the legacy of multi-ethnic empires in the Balkans. Popularly known as Vlachs, the most optimistic estimates suggest that there are around half a million Aromanians scattered throughout the southern corners of the Balkan Peninsula. In 2018, approximately 210,000 speakers of this Romance language were counted: 50,000 in Greece, another 50,000 in Albania, 32,000 in Serbia, 19,000 in North Macedonia, and around 10,000 in Romania. Strongly fragmented, the origin of these people is a highly politicized issue. Each state appropriates a theory according to their particular interests, instrumentalizing it and raising barriers between neighbours and brothers. Identity division does not help a linguistically complex situation. Nevertheless, in recent years, the Aromanians have been recognized as a linguistic minority in countries such as Albania, where steps are being taken towards multilingual recognition. In North Macedonia, however, they have the most recognized rights and the capacity to exercise them, although this is not a guarantee. Keep reading

Una vista de Crushuva, el centre dels aromensos de Macedònia del Nord.
News 3.1.2024 a les 13:15h

Somaliland sees first recognition of independence closer

Ethiopia will make an “in-depth assessment” of a possible recognition of Somaliland independence. The announcement comes two days after both governments signed a memorandum of understanding for Ethiopia’s access to the sea through Somaliland territory. Ethiopia could thus become the first state in the world to recognize Somaliland independence. The agreement is “null and void,” says Somalia. Keep reading

El primer ministre etíop, Abiy Ahmed (esquerra), el president somalilandès, Muse Bihi Abdi, rubriquen el memoràndum.
News 2.1.2024 a les 12:45h

Turkey’s attacks on Rojava killed more than 140 people in 2023

Several waves of attacks by the Turkish army against the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria (AANES) during 2023 have killed 146 people and destroyed civilian and military infrastructure in the region, according to the latest tally by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Of these deaths, nine were recorded in the last week of the year. This was when Turkey launched a fresh offensive against the autonomous area led by the left-wing Kurdish movement in Rojava. Keep reading

Funeral, el 26 de desembre de 2023, de diverses de les persones mortes en l'atac contra Qamislo.
News 14.12.2023 a les 12:00h

The end of Nagorno-Karabakh and the future of unresolved conflicts arising from the USSR’s demise

Hundreds of Azerbaijani soldiers march through the empty centre of Stepanakert (now Khankendi) under President Ilham Aliyev’s proud gaze. They walk steadily down the main avenue of what was, until recently, the capital of the now-defunct Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, in front of a deserted parliament and the former presidential palace, now crowned with the Azerbaijani coat of arms. Flags of different sizes with blue, red, and green horizontal stripes, the crescent moon, and the eight-pointed star adorn the site, replacing those of the defunct republic. This scene took place on 8 November, the culmination of Azerbaijan’s military victory and occupation of the whole of Karabakh following their blitzkrieg offensive of 19-20 September, which led to the exodus of almost the entire ethnic Armenian population residing there. It was an image that made the Armenian population’s deepest nightmare come true. It put a definitive end to three and a half decades of conflict and buried the dream of Artsakh forever. Keep reading

Tropes russes desplegades al Karabakh, entre 2020 i 2023.
News 16.11.2023 a les 09:15h

When Kamira Nait Sid disappeared under a gas cloud

You could hear it when you called Kamira Nait Sid’s phone. A four-minute automated message called for unity to oppose Algerian repression of the Kabyle people. “We demand the release of all political prisoners,” it said at the end. It could be heard until Nait Sid herself, president of the World Amazigh Congress (WAC), also became a political prisoner. A group of hooded men came looking for her at her home on 24 August 2021. Family members and her lawyer were notified three days after the arrest, and charges were filed two days later. Kamira Nait Sid, a renowned intellectual and advocate for human rights and especially women’s rights —she was even a 2014 United Nations scholarship recipient— is accused of “undermining national security and state security” and belonging to a “terrorist organisation.” She has received a three-year prison sentence. Keep reading

Kamira Nait Sid, abans de ser detinguda.
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