Spain to Suspend Catalonia’s Leaders, Call Elections (VIDEO)

by Creede Newton – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has confirmed that Spain will go forward with Article 155 after his cabinet held a crisis meeting to decide how to put an end to Catalonia’s secession drive. The previously untapped article of Spain’s constitution will enable Madrid to seize powers from the wealthy northeastern region. Rajoy listed four goals for enacting Article 155: A return to legality, to recover normality and co-existence, to continue with economic recovery and to have an election in Catalonia in “normal political circumstances”. The Catalan government will be dissolved as a result. Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras said new elections were “not the best way of moving forward”. Rajoy told reporters in Madrid that Catalonia’s independence drive has been “unilateral”, calling the October 1 independence vote a “referendum that the whole world knew the Spanish government couldn’t accept”. Catalonia voted in a disputed independence referendum...

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Crimea Joins Russia: What About International Law?

By Sufyan bin Uzayr March 20, 2014 Back on March 4, American President Barack Obama talked about the crisis in Crimea: “There is a strong belief that Russia’s action is violating international law. I know President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.” On the basis of Obama’s words, one can assume international law to be nothing beyond a set of beliefs that are classified as acceptable or unacceptable, depending on which side of the spectrum one chooses to stand.  As a result, when Crimean voters decided to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, what role did international law play in the picture? Again, you cannot properly define something that is viewed as more a matter of ‘strong belief’ than that of ‘codified norms’, but the verdicts and opinions of the International Court...

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