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Jose Mari Pastor 04-06-2022, BERRIA. Abstract: The Spanish do not admit, to any degree, that Spain is a multinational state. In other words, that there are other nations, besides the Spanish, in the Spanish state. Admitting that would be traumatic for them, a true national catastrophe. The Spaniards, both those on the right and those on the left, only admit of one...
Jonjo Agirre 15-04-2022, ARGIA. Abstract: Recently the parliament of the Western Basque Country, with the support of the Basque Parliamentary nationalist parties, has approved a new education law. The author of the article focuses on the linguistic aspect of the new law, which is quite confusing and is not decidedly committed to a system of Basque language immersion. Indeed, the new law does...
Joxi Imaz, Edu Apodaka, Gurutze Ezkurdia and Paulo Iztueta 09-04-2022, BERRIA. Abstract: The authors of this article emphasise that, beyond the eternal argument about the public or private education models in the Basque education system, the ikastolas comprise the only school system in Euskal Herria (the Basque Country). The ikastolas emerged 100 years ago as cooperatives founded by parents committed to the...
Jexuxmari Zalakain 30-03-2022, BERRIA. Abstract: Following the invasion of Ukraine, the author of the article highlights that imperialism lies at the root of many conflicts across the world, with the self-determination right being the best recipe to prevent them. Russia does not respect the fact that Ukraine implemented its self-determination right, deciding to turn into an independent country. By contrast, Ukraine itself refuses...
Felix Zubia 22-02-2022, BERRIA. Abstract: The Basque-speakers are tired of hearing a vicious question posed repeatedly by pro-Spanish circles when we demand a health system in Basque: “What do you prefer, a good doctor or a Basque-language doctor?”, as if having a good and Basque-language doctor was incompatible. In this article, Felix Zubia, manager of the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital...
Pako Aristi 06-02-2022, BERRIA. Abstract: The writer Pako Aristi harshly denounces in this article the attacks we Basques suffer daily for using our language. He mentions what happened to him at a petrol station: When he spoke to the local employee in Basque, this woman, angrily and in bad manners, answered him in Spanish, saying that she didn't have to know how...
Unai Villacorta 10-01-2022, ARGIA. Abstract: The author maintains that in politics, as in life itself, there are good and bad moments. Moments of disappointment, betrayal, obstacles and discouragement, after which we learn to get up and continue on the path. The key is that after falling we know how to overcome and get up stronger. In recent years the Basque People have experienced...
Patxi Saez Beloki 24-11-2021, ENBATA. Abstract: In this article the Basque sociolinguist Patxi Saez Beloki describes two beautiful metaphors referring to the Basque People and their language: The Father's House and The Mother's Fire. The Father’s House (Aitaren Etxea, in Basque) was a poem by the famous writer Gabriel Aresti (1964).  It is a poem that achieved great success, due to its strong...
Jose Mari Pastor 16-10-2021, BERRIA. Abstract: Basque students in the Western Basque Country do not know the geography of our nation very well. When a teacher asks them to locate the village of Sohüta, in Zuberoa (Northern Basque Country), most of them place it in France. Few are those who place it in the Northern Basque Country. Spaniards often repeat that in the...
Pello Igeregi, Arantxa Vazquez, Iker Salaberria 02-10-2021, BERRIA. Abstract: The article signed by two representatives of the Basque nationalist unions ELA and LAB, the main unions in the Iberian Basque Country, puts up a proposal to spread Basque language in the labour environment and the domain of trade. The gist of the proposal states that companies with a workforce amounting to over 50...