Nations seek to control their own destinies

Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin point out that it is not only Catalonia that will be voting for self determination in the next two weeks but also Iraqi Kurdistan. Both represent wider global movements where men and women are seeking the right to determine their own future and not be controlled by other states:


Manx government responses to recent criticism and the importance of independent media websites

There has been a fair amount of criticism levelled against the Manx government over recent weeks. It has come from a variety of sources as you would expect in any democratic society where freedom of expression is recognised as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognised in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The comments pointed towards the Manx government recently have come from a variety of sources, including political organisations, pressure groups and individuals.

Manx campaign to save area of significant ecological importance

The northern most point on the Isle of Man (Mannin) is the Point of Ayre (Manx: Kione ny h-Ayrey). It is the closest point on the Isle of Man to the island of Britain, being some 16 miles (26 kilometres) south of Burrow Head in Scotland. The name Ayre comes from the Norse word Eyrr meaning gravel bank. A name that reflects the Scandinavian influences after the arrival of the Vikings on the Isle of Man at the end of the 8th century. Resulting in a mix of Norse and Gaelic place names throughout the Island. 

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood condemns Spanish Government actions in Catalonia

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood has condemned the Spanish Government repression in Catalonia, saying: “In a democratic country it is crucial that citizens are able to debate the future of their nation.

"The Catalan people are asking only for a vote on their nation’s future and for the Spanish Government to respond with threats and repression falls far short of modern democratic standards.

Welsh MP's stance against the ivory trade and campaign to save elephants welcomed

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): "On average around 55 elephants are poached every day in Africa, that's one every 25 minutes. This appalling slaughter continues due to the global demand for ivory, with the majority of elephant tusks smuggled by criminals to Asia, despite an international trade ban." 

Spanish police arrest Catalonia's junior economy minister as Spain continues to adopt totalitarian measures to stifle democracy

Raids on Catalan government offices this morning saw Spanish police arrest Catalonia's junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove. This comes ahead of the Catalan referendum on independence from Spain on 1st October, which the Spanish state is doing all in its power to prevent. Local reports say that Spanish police entered offices of the Catalan region's economy, interior, foreign affairs, welfare, telecommunications and tax departments with at least 12 high-ranking local officials being arrested.

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day took place throughout Wales last week. He was the last person to legitimately hold the title Prince of Wales. Owain Glyndŵr (c.1349-c.1416) was the leader of a Welsh revolt against English rule between 1400 and 1409. He created the first Welsh parliament at Machynlleth in 1404 and 16th September 2017 marked 617 years since he raised his standard against the English invaders.

Scottish Government supports referendum on independence for Catalonia

The government of Scotland has made a clear statement of support for the Catalan people to have the right to vote for their independence from Spain. Catalonia has its own democratically elected parliament, which is in charge of a great number of its own affairs. The Catalan parliament has voted to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. The vote is supported by the Catalan President and the Catalan government and a referendum is to be held on 1st October 2017.

After 500 Years the Celtic Tongue Set to Regain Dominance within the Welsh Legal System

An increase of the number of court cases conducted in Welsh is in the offing according to a report issued by Roger Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Citing an “increased awareness” of the impact of devolution in Wales the report suggests the way is being paved for a significant increase in the use of Welsh in the court room and in the “general administration of justice in Wales”.

Cultural Ties Strengthen Between Scotland and Cape Breton in Wake of Gaelic Summit – Boost to Canada’s Maritime Gaelic

At the time of Canadian Confederation, in 1867, Gaelic was the third most spoken language in Canada. As many as one hundred thousand Nova Scotians spoke Gaelic as their mother tongue in 1900. Today, estimates claim there are between 1000 and 2000 Gaelic speakers and learners in the province. The decline in Gaelic language is, in large part, due to educational policies…. In the early 1900’s many students began school as Gaelic speakers but were forced to learn English as that was the only language spoken in school.


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