Round-up of nationalism stories around the web

This week I was interviewed for an NPR story on ‘America’s love affair with nationalism.’

In Barcelona, the last bullfight was held this past weekend, after a law was passed banning the practice in Catalonia. The law was introduced at the request of animal rights activists, but it was in part driven by a desire to distance Catalonia from Castillian culture. Catalonia is distinctive in at least one other respect: it has its own internet domain address:  .cat  According to Wikipedia there are only a handful of non-nation states in the world with their own web address, such as Antarctica, Hong Kong, and the Palestinian Territories.  Catalonia won its own address in 2005 – though technically the address is for Catalonian culture and not for the specific territory of Catalonia.

At the other end of Europe, in Denmark a parliamentary election brought to an end ten years of center-right rule. Contrary to those who argue that economic crisis invariably leads to xenophobia towards immigrant groups, the immigration issue did not feature prominently in this campaign – in contrast to previous elections. Support for the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party declined 1.5%, to 12%.

Meanwhile  if you want to apply for a job at a university in Sweden you should learn Swedish – English only applications are not allowed, according to a recent decision by the parliamentary ombudsman.

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One thought on “Round-up of nationalism stories around the web

  1. I went to the last bullfights, in the Saturday session. It was exciting for many
    reasons, apart of the folklore, also sociologically. I did not know that in
    Catalunya bullfighting is for the upper class, in contrast to bullfighting in Madrid
    where I have also been and it was for the broader classes. In Barcelona it is for
    the ones that live in the city’s luxurius neighborhoods, or outskirts, and who vote
    for the Popular Party (PP), the conservative center-right party that is expected to
    win next elections.
    So, I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a party stand of the PP, giving
    information to the people, handing out leaflets, etc.
    But, what surprised me even more, is that also Catalunya’s populist radical right,
    the party “Platform for Catalunya” (PxC), was there, handing out leaflets that said:
    “Nos quitan los toros, para traernos los moros”. Translation: they take away the
    bulls from us, in order to bring us the Muslims (although “moro” is a pejorative way
    to say Muslim). That was their response, because one of the proposals that were
    heard about the future of the “plaza de torros monumental” was to turn it into a
    Mosque.

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