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XABIER LAKARRA BEROITZ. Abstract: Our collaborator Xabier Lakarra raises here the issue of two opposing linguistic models, Estonia and Ireland, or as he puts it, a model (Estonia) and an anti-model (Ireland). Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. At that moment, a third of the population spoke Russian, with no command of Estonian. However, that did not stop the...
ROBIN McALPINE Director of "COMMON WEAL" Five years have gone since the self-determination referendum of Scotland, lost by pro-independence advocates only by a narrow margin. However, Brexit has offered a new opportunity to the Scottish pro-independence movement, since the Scots wish to remain in the European Union and stay miles away of Europhobic English attitudes. The streets of Glasgow have seen...
MIKEL URKOLA ELEIZEGI. Abstract: Imperialism is the greatest of political evils and has generated the greatest crimes in the history of mankind, says the autor of this article. For more than 5.000 years, in the five continents and using the most varied excuses (religion, homeland, justice and even democracy) imperialism has justified its crimes, its outrages and atrocities without shame, causing wars...
Comments: Jose Inazio Lopez de Luzuriaga Fernandez Book: Txillardegiren borroka abertzalea Author: Pako Sudupe Publisher: Elkar Argitaletxea, Donostia (2016).   Abstract: Pako Sudupe’s work addresses Txillardegi’s biography. However, this biography does not focus on dealing with his relatives or his professional career as an engineer. No. This biography takes a focus on his cultural and political profile. In the first part of the book Sudupe dwells...
COLIN NOSWORTHY and MAIA JONES "CYMDEITHAS YR IAITH GYMRAEG". Within Europe, Welsh is the language that most closely resembles Basque in its sociolinguistic situation. At least that has been the case for many years, even though in the last few years the Basque language has extended its lead over that Celtic language (perhaps due to its having gained official status prior...
Jose Inazio Lopez de Luzuriaga Fernandez. Book: El iceberg navarro. Euskera y castellano en la Navarra del siglo XVI (The navarrese iceberg. Basque and Castilian in 16th century Navarre) Author: Pello J. Monteano Sorbet Publishing house: Pamiela Argitaletxea, 2017   Abstract: This book by Monteano provides an enlightening description on the extent of Basque language during the 16th century, the discrimination undergone by the Navarre...
PAKO SUDUPE. Abstract: The author of this article, Pako Sudupe, has recently published two books, one of them about political ideas and patriotic struggle of Txillardegi, Txillardegiren borroka abertzalea (“The Patriotic Struggle of Txillardegi”; Elkar, 2016), and the other on Telesforo Monzon, Telesforo Monzon. Aristokrata abertzalea (“Telesforo Monzon, The Patriotic Aristocrat”; XX, 2018). Both books provide a political biography of two major Basque...
IRATI OLEAGA. 15 years have elapsed since the Spanish Civil Guard wielding their guns shut down the daily Euskaldunon Egunkaria, that way crushing the only daily written in Basque. Besides closing the newspaper, 10 staff members were subject to detention, torture and charged with ‘terrorism’. A staff member’s daughter bears now a harrowing, first-hand testimony of the events. The Basque Country...
JAKE MAC SIACAIS Director of Forbairt Feirste. Last Friday, 16/2/18, there was renewed hope and huge speculation in the media that a deal around Irish Language legislation was imminent. By Monday 19th February, even as the British Prime Minister and the Taoiseach arrived in Belfast, doubts had crept in. Unionist fury at any concessions on the rights of Irish speakers was...
JOXE ARAKAMA LOPEZ DE GEREÑU The conquest brings the subjugation of a People by means of all kinds of violence and stunts. Conquest may be a matter of military strategy, but overall the conquerors aim at taking over the lands, cattle, property and lives of that people. The armed conquest is followed by colonization, a process whereby the mighty underpin...