1st Anniversary

Exactly one year ago when this blog was launched.

Exactly on the day of the referendum on Scotland’s independence.

The big day (Source: itv.com)

The big day (Source: itv.com)

After the active period in the beginning, posts have unfortunately become rarer due to time constraints.

This however does NOT mean that there are no further topics to discuss.

In fact, this is an interesting period again in the run-up of Catalonia’s referendum on independence (whether recognised or not by Spain).

Hopefully, new posts will follow, and not just on Catalonia.

In the meantime, let me leave you with some readings on the latter one.

http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/independence-catalonia/#.VfwPFWPovIU

http://www.cataloniavotes.eu/why-a-independence-referendum-incatalonia/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34219386

¿Independencia! (Source: Telegraph)

¿Independencia! (Source: Telegraph)

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Happy 50th Independence day to Singapore

Happy 50th Independence day to Singapore – city-state’s secession/expulsion from the Malaysian Federation on August 9, 1965. « Politics Inn.


Fad of declaring micronations

Following the recent “foundation” of Liberland, another micro-entity has been self-proclaimed, ironically, on a piece of land between Croatia and Slovenia this time.

Another terra nullius? Unlikely.

It can be predicted that the two countries concerned will not even comment on this.

The flag of Enclava (Source: enclava.org)

The flag of Enclava (Source: enclava.org)

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Secession is not the only way

There are alternatives for exercising the right of self-determination. The significance of these prove high, as in the current international legal system, secession can occur only under exceptional circumstances.

However, the question arises whether these alternatives work, and if they do or do not, can they serve as examples for other cases?

Below are some of the most common existing solutions and examples.

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“We are not invisible. We are not inferior. …

… We are equal citizens of Australia.” – said Harold Ludwick, a member of the Bulgun Warra Aboriginal group, whose traditional land lies west of Cooktown, Australia.

(Source: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/nothing-to-be-afraid-of-in-giving-aboriginal-citizens-constitutional-rights-20150420-1moozx.html)

Aboriginals are not the only indigenous peoples. It is estimated that there are more than 370 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries or more worldwide.

Logo of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Source: undesadspd.org)

Logo of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Source: undesadspd.org)

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