Opinion

random thoughts. terry parris
Writer

To the lighthouse

My first random thought is to wish for a fair election on the 21st of December , for a Happy Christmas for Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueres, their Government, and the two Jordis, hopefully all back with...

viewpoint. brett hetherington
Journalist and writer / bretthetherington.net

A ray of hope for ordinary Europeans

Ultra-conservatives will always do what their natures demand. Given any opportunity, they strangle democracy while at the same time claiming that it is democracy that they want to breathe life into.The...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

No, nope, no way José

Bit of a negative column this month. Given recent events, I’m sure you’ll understand why. There seems little to be positive about at the moment. I’m completely ignoring Christmas cultural differences...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

The Pong Papers

The only thing wrong with the Paradise Papers – the pongy revelations of (quelle surprise) nauseating greed by some morally bankrupt, tax-dodging mega-mega rich – is the name.Paradise, fundamentally,...

gallery. martin capdevila
Journalist

The entertainment industry shows us where we’re wrong

By this point it’s probably impossible for anyone to ignore the slew of sexual assault cases devouring the entertainment industry. It’s about time, too, because this has been going on for too long...

THE LAST WORD

Living in 'interesting' times

May you live in interesting times” is a Chinese proverb that is often used wrongly. No one wants a boring life (or at least we don’t think we do) and so the saying is often taken as a way of wishing...

from the editor
marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

New season brings hope and euphoria

October was both a crucial and intense month for Catalonia, which ended with the Parliament declaring the Catalan Republic on October 27. We reflect the hope and euphoria this caused on this month’s...

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Barefaced

The October 1st campaign of police brutality against civilians who were passively blocking access to polling stations around Catalonia, including women over 75 and children under 12 (there were 1.066 people...

THE LAST WORD

Saving lives can be quick, easy and very gratifying

I have a bit of a confession to make. Don’t worry, it’s nothing gross or embarrassing. It is as simple as this: I have to admit that I have never given blood in this country. Giving blood was something...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

The victim card

As regular readers of this column will know by now, I’m in favour of Catalonia having a referendum on its future and also of it separating from Spain and becoming a republic. Admittedly, it’s not a...