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Independent Catalonia: Spanish PM Appeals to Senate to Seize Catalonia & Dismiss Leader

  • RT Published on Oct 27, 2017
    The Spanish Senate has approved the implementation of Article 155. It has never been used before and means removing Catalan autonomy. Spain’s prime minister Rajoy said the rule of law in Catalonia will be restored. The decision comes just minutes after the Catalan parliament voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain.

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October 28, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , | Leave a comment

Landmark Vote: Catalan Parliament Votes for Independence from Spain

  • RT Published on Oct 27, 2017
    It is a historic day for Catalonia. The regions parliament has voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain. 72 lawmakers voted in favour of Catalan independence, 10 voted against, two abstained. Both pro-independence lawmakers and crowds of people outside the parliament did not hesitate to show their elation.

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October 28, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , | Leave a comment

The Dominoes Are Falling And It Doesn’t Look Good For The Cabal

  • X22Report Published on Oct 25, 2017
    The dominoes are falling and the cabal is in trouble. The Trump dossier is now linked to the Clinton’s and this is not a good sign. The people of Catalonia are reporting that they are now pushing for independence despite Spain saying no. The UN backed government in Libya is in trouble and might be pushed out of the country. The Iraqi forces are pushing a offensive to remove the IS. The cabal is finished by they still might try an event.

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October 27, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The IMF Lays Out The Global Financial Crash Scenario

  • X22Report Published on Oct 22, 2017
    China’s government is going to start purchasing residential real estate to manage the housing bubble. Hidden in the IMF report is the passage that explains how the IMF is going to handle the global financial crisis. Italy is looking to hold a referendum. Spain fight back and invokes article 155. NK nuclear site might not be able to handle another test. Russia says that the IAEA does not have the authority to visit military site in Iran. Tillerson says that Iranian militias must leave Iraq because the US has designated them as terrorists groups. US backed militias capture another IS oil field.

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October 24, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catalonia Set to Declare INDEPENDENCE – Spain to Take ‘Nuclear Option’ – Huge Blow to EU

  • Catalonia Set to Declare INDEPENDENCE – Spain to Take ‘Nuclear Option’ – Huge Blow to EU
    by JOEY MILLAR, http://www.express.co.uk/
    CATALONIA is set to declare immediate independence from Spain if Madrid fails to hold talks with separatist leaders.

    Catalonia held a controversial independence referendum earlier this month drawing the condemnation of leaders in Madrid and Brussels. After a huge Yes victory during a polling day marred by police brutality, Catalonia initially signed a letter declaring independence before immediately suspending it.

    Spain has since refused to entertain independence talks despite huge protests calling for peaceful discussion. And today Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to hold talks. He has ignored a deadline to drop Catalonia’s secession bid and instead accelerated moves for an independent state.  In response Madrid said it would take extreme steps and remove the autonomy of Catalonia. 

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October 19, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saudia Arabia Pivots Towards Russia And Away From The US

  • X22Report Published on Oct 6, 2017
    Spanish courts are trying to block the Catalan independence vote. Russia and Saudi leaders meet and agree on a oil deal and a weapons deal. Saudi Arabia is pivoting away from the US and towards Russia. US troops can now fire in Afghanistan. North Korea keeps shouting about war, but they are not making any preparations. The IS and Site Intelligence are pushing the idea that Paddock was radicalized. Was Stephen Paddock working with the intelligence agencies. Julian Assange  says most terror plots are orchestrated by the FBI.

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October 7, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EU Defends Spain’s Use of Force Against Catalans

  • PressTV News Videos Published on Oct 5, 2017
    The Spanish government has rejected calls for mediation to resolve its dispute with Catalonia following the weekend independence referendum in the region. A statement released by the office of Spain’s prime minister stressed that Catalan officials must respect the country’s law in the first place. The statement added that Madrid will not negotiate over QUOTE anything illegal and will not be blackmailed. This, after the Catalan leader called for mediation to resolve the dispute. Carles Puigdemont had also said that the Spanish government has been catastrophic for the Catalan people, accusing it of ignoring millions of people who do not agree with Madrid. He said that his people were victims of police violence. Meanwhile, the European Commission says the Spanish government is entitled to use force in order to maintain law and order in Catalonia.

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October 6, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , | Leave a comment

EU on the BRINK: Catalonia Independence Will See ‘Euro Crisis Return with a Vengeance’

  • EU on the BRINK: Catalonia Independence Will See ‘Euro Crisis Return with a Vengeance’
    by HARVEY GAVIN, http://www.express.co.uk/
    CATALAN independence will be a disaster for the European Union and will see the eurozone debt crisis “returning with a vengeance”, a leading Brexiteer has warned.

    Dan Hannan’s grim prediction that “Brexit could soon be the least of the EU’s problems” comes as Catalonia says it could separate from Spain as early as Monday – a move branded “illegal” by Madrid. The eurozone financial crisis – which has crippled Spain with record unemployment rates – has been ongoing for nearly a decade, but has eased slightly in recent years.

    But MEP Mr Hannan says independence in Catalonia could easily lead to disastrous economic problems for Madrid and cause dire knock-on effects for the EU. The wealthy region accounts for 20 per cent of Spain’s GDP and a split could spark a major financial crisis. 

    Writing in the Spectator, Mr Hannan said: “Last Sunday’s violence will push Catalans towards independence. “Public opinion in the rest of Spain, as much as the letter of the law, won’t allow Madrid to move. “What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?”

    He said if Catalonia declared independence without approval from the Spanish Government, Madrid would cut off funding to the newly formed state. The Catalan Government would rush to set up its own tax system, he predicted, and Spain’s stock exchange would collapse during the chaos.

    Mr Hannan said: “And the euro crisis is back with a vengeance. Brexit may soon be the least of the EU’s problems.” The Tory MEP for South East England also drew similarities between the situation in Spain and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. He said: “Telling people that they are not allowed to leave turns out to be a pretty good way of ensuring that they do.”

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October 6, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

CrossTalk: Catalonia Rising. Referendum Aftermath: Thousands Attend Rally in Barcelona Against Police Brutality

October 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , | Leave a comment

Spain Sends in ARMY to Catalonia as It Pushes Region to Brink Over Referendum

  • Spain Sends in ARMY to Catalonia as It Pushes Region to Brink Over Referendum
    by JON ROGERS, http://www.express.co.uk/
    SPAIN has sent two convoys of troops into Catalonia in a move that is likely to anger the regional parliament.

    Troops from the Logistic Support Group 41 (AALOG 41) who are based in Aragon were told of their move at about 7pm last night. The exact number of soldiers is not known but according to the newspaper El Confidencial, two contingents of troops are being sent in 20 trucks. It is understood their orders are to provide logistical support to the Guardia Civil and national police still stationed in the region.

    The appearance of troops is likely to be seen as highly controversial as the President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has previously referred to the presence of the Guardia Civil and national police as “occupying forces” and had said they should leave all four of the Catalan provinces immediately.

    Former Vice President Alfonso Guerra defends the idea of sending the Army to Catalonia. The former president  and leader of socialist party PSOE Alfonso Guerra has defended the decision to send the Army into Catalonia in case the police were not able to control the situation created by a “pro-fascist” independence movement that is attempting “a coup d’etat”.

    In an interview with radio station Onda Cero, he recalled that in Paris the Army has been in the streets for a year because of the terrorist threat and that does not make France less of a democratic country.

    Alfonso Guerra has supported the message that the King addressed the Spaniards last night because he made an emphasis “where it is needed, in the members of the coup d’etat”, with whom he believes it is not possible to negotiate.

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , | Leave a comment

Catalonia Could BRING DOWN EU: Brussels Warned NOT To Wash Its Hands Or Risk Its FUTURE

  • Catalonia Could BRING DOWN EU: Brussels Warned NOT To Wash Its Hands Or Risk Its FUTURE
    by JOEY MILLAR, http://www.express.co.uk/
    THE CATALONIA referendum could spark the end of the European Union (EU) if Brussels continues to wash its hands of violent voting day scenes last weekend.

    The  has issued half-hearted condemnations of the violent scenes which saw Spanish police attack Catalonians attempting to vote in Sunday’s referendum. And with Brussels ignoring calls to mediate the situation, which has seen thousands of people protest against police brutality, Catalan officials have now hit out the bloc over its cowardly silence.

    Amadeu Altafaj, the Catalan government’s Brussels representative, said the EU’s “credibility and reputation” was being damaged by its solidarity with . And he said the horrific scenes last weekend, in which more than 800 people were injured by heavily-armed national guards, showed the EU “is not able to protect” its citizens. 

    He told Politico: “The credibility and the reputation of the European Union is at stake. “The Catalan government calls for an urgent international mediation, preferably European.  “If the EU is not able to protect 7.5 million of its citizens from violence and repression, it will fail not only to them but to the whole union.” 

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catalonia To Declare Independence From Spain On Monday

  • Catalonia To Declare Independence From Spain On Monday
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/
    Spanish stocks tumbled, with the IBEX index sliding into a 10% correction, following an overnight report that Catalan leader Puigdemont was set to make a statement at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Wednesday, after an all-party committee of the region’s parliament meets to agree a date for a plenary session on independence. That concluded moments ago and CUP, the pro-secession party that is a majority in the Catalan parliament, has announced it will declared independence from Spain in plenary session on Monday, El Pais reports.

    As reported last night, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC that his government would ask the region’s parliament to declare independence after tallying votes from last weekend’s referendum, which Madrid says was illegal. “This will probably finish once we get all the votes in from abroad at the end of the week and therefore we shall probably act over the weekend or early next week,” he said in remarks published on Wednesday.

    Puigdemont’s comments came after Spain’s King Felipe VI accused secessionist leaders on Tuesday of shattering democratic principles and dividing Catalan society, as tens of thousands protested against a violent police crackdown on Sunday’s vote. The Catalan leader is due to make a statement at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Wednesday, during which he is expected to announce that Catalonia will formally announce independence on Monday.

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , | 1 Comment

Central Barcelona in Total Gridlock as Thousands Rally After Catalonia Referendum

  • RT Published on Oct 3, 2017
    Thousands of protesters caused gridlock on the streets of central Barcelona on Tuesday morning, as they gathered in front of Placa de la Universitat to demonstrate against the Catalan independence referendum crackdown.

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October 4, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , | Leave a comment

Catalonia’s Independence: 90% Vote ‘Yes’ to Break Away from Spain

  • RT Published on Oct 1, 2017
    The overwhelming majority of Catalans who participated in the banned referendum have voted in favor of independence from Spain, the Catalan government has announced. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8oqf

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Unbelievable Video: Spanish Police Viciously Beat Men And Women To Stop Them From Voting

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October 2, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , | Leave a comment