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Could Kurdistan, Scotland or Catalonia soon be free?

Could Kurdistan, Scotland or Catalonia soon be free? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it

The prospect of independence for these regions does not look promising.

 

Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead with such a vote, it would be joining two other parts of the world embarked on similar paths: Scotland and Catalonia.

 

In Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond has set the referendum on Scottish independence from Britain for Sept. 18. The Catalonian government, led by Artur Mas, has scheduled its referendum for Nov. 9. Although the British government in Westminster has not stood in the way of a referendum, Scottish opinion polls show a narrow lead for those who want to stay within the United Kingdom. In Catalonia, by contrast, the central government in Spain has declared the referendum illegal, but the polls overwhelmingly favor independence.

 

Independence for all three of these regions makes little sense at this point in time.

 

 


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Josep Sort's curator insight, July 20, 2:03 AM
It is clear that people will fight to have a post in the embassy in Barcelona!!!!
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New blow to Scottish independence bid as Catalan leader admits secession from Spain could mean EU exclusion

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The news from Spain may be explosive to Scottish nationalists' chances of winning the 2014 referendum on independence from Britain

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Independence, the Scots, Spain and Catalan - and not very well hidden in the background, the European Union.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:49 PM

Consumers of the mainstream media in the UK, and other media which rely on it as a source, must be wondering if there is anything that does not constitute a "blow" to the SNP and/or Scotland's independence campaign. Every utterance by any European politician or EU official that touches on the subject of independence, however vaguely or tangentially, is inevitably portrayed as a major setback for the party or Yes Scotland.

The other thing readers might well wonder about is what happened to informed political analysis. Any serious observer of Scottish or European politics would be aware that there is absolutely no comparison between the constitutional circumstances of Scotland and Catalonia. The remarks of Catalan President Artur Mas therefore have absolutely bearing on the constitutional question in Scotland.

The entire premise of the article is just wrong. But what can we expect when the author can't even get the name of the SNP right. It would certainly be too much to expect anything more than the horribly simplistic lumping together of all of Europe's independence movements as if they were identical.

I read pieces such as this and I despair for the once honourable profession of journalism.