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Sometimes it makes sense to review the files and retrieve items since temporal distance allows new readings or because some issues still have much or even more relevance now than when they were written. This is the case of the item we republish today. A year ago we published a monographic magazine that analysed, from a cultural perspective, the situation in Catalonia and its tense political relationship with Spain. One year ago it was an important issue, but in the last months, and especially in the last week, it has become a trending topic. Scotland voted their referendum last week. Catalonia has been looking at itself at the Scottish mirror. The NO has won and it has opened up the discussion about the possibility of self-determination, about how identities of nations are configured or how identities and Europe currently are defined, and how far the power of the economy might get.
A year ago we approached the subject and asked the opinion of authors who could provide critical and unusual points of view. Among others, Oriol Fontdevila, Martí Manen, Joan M. Minguet Batllori, Peio Aguirre, Juan Canela, Eloy Fernández Porta and Martí Peran. As always, our position is marked by art, it could not be otherwise. This week we invite you to reread How to explain Catalonia to a dead hare?
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