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“At first we were nationalists. Later, since nationalism was ugly, we became "abertzales" (patriots). Now patriotism is not pretty either, and you have to be a non-nationalist and non-patriot independentist ….. Always retreating. " Joxe Azurmendi, "Hizkuntza, Nazioa, Estatua". We were shocked to hear a well-known leader of the Basque Patriotic Left a few years ago say this in Scotland: "I...
EDURNE ALEGRIA AIERDI. Some considerations occur to me following the article published in the BERRIA newspaper on September 11 by Iraitz Lazkano, President of the Association of Basque City Councils (UEMA), titled “Herritar gehiago, euskara gehiago” (“More citizens, more Basque Language”) (https://www.berria.eus/paperekoa/1876/021/001/2021-09-11/herritar-gehiago-euskara-gehiago.htm). Mr. Lazkano wants to show that immigration does not harm the Basque language, as some are claiming. Leaving aside a...
JOSE INAZIO LOPEZ DE LUZURIAGA Musicologist. Retired professor of the Conservatory of Donostia-San Sebastian. Although in this article the author refers to music, it is obvious that this analysis is also useful for other cultural manifestations, be they sports, artistic or poetic. DEFINITION OF CULTURE AND MUSIC All definition provides a description of a methodological purpose, it is somehow programmatic, and in our...
DERWICH M. FERHO President of the Kurdish Institute of Brussels. Derwich M. Ferho is president of the Kurdish Institute, movement for human and people rights in Brussels. Derwich was born in 1961, in a small Kurdish village near Midyat in Turkey. At the age of 17, he was forced to flee his hometown. The reason was a protest he organized for...
Abstract: This article condemns the fact that the only news program produced by Spanish Public Television (RTVE) for the Western Basque Country (TELENORTE) is broadcast almost entirely in the Spanish language, with only 6% of its content in Basque. TELENORTE totally marginalises the Basque language in its programming. And it is curious that the television company broadcasting it, Televisión Española (RTVE)...
The first part of the article we published, here: https://www.naziogintza.eus/en/about-the-basque-national-school-part-1/ PUBLIC (STATE-RUN) VS PRIVATE SECTOR: A POINTLESS DEBATE: Every so often heated debates emerge on the public/private dichotomy for education in the Peninsular Basque Country, with public system advocates bitterly criticizing above all the Basque-language school network or ikastolas. NAZIOGINTZA’s point of view in this respect is clear. In our opinion, that...
At NAZIOGINTZA we publicly and energetically denounce attacks on the Basque Country in the linguistic, cultural or national sphere. And we do it through this website. We collect the testimonies that come to us to inform you, because we believe that knowledge of these regrettable acts is essential for raising awareness. Amaia (the name is fictitious, because she wishes to...
Having its own educational system and total autonomy to design the educational curriculum is a characteristic sign of sovereign national communities. And it must also be one of the main objectives of any political independence movement. There is no doubt that states, through the school, seek not only the personal development and future professional training of students but also...