Quebec tensions rise as separatists headed for election win Reply

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By David Ljunggren

VARENNES, Quebec | Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:36am EDT

A Pauline Marois supporter wears a red square denoting support for the student movement against tuition hikes with a party pin prior to a campaign rally in Montreal, Quebec, August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

(Reuters) – Less than two decades ago, in perhaps the most traumatic moment in modern Canadian history, the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec came within a hair’s breadth of voting for independence.

And while another vote may still be years away separatist sentiment is back on the agenda as an opposition party, dedicated to carving Canada into two, heads for victory in the September 4 provincial election.

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For an Independent Papua: Corruption Contributes to Growing Separatism Reply

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Residents gather near burning motorbikes following a riot in Waena, Jayapura, in June. Angry Papuan residents  burned shops and vehicles after a police raid killed an independence activist. (EPA Photo)

Residents gather near burning motorbikes following a riot in Waena, Jayapura, in June. Angry Papuan residents burned shops and vehicles after a police raid killed an independence activist. (EPA Photo)

Mimika, Papua.  A senior member of the Mimika Legislative Council called on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to investigate the “rampant” corruption present in Papua, claiming that fraudulence has contributed to the growing separatist sentiment of Indonesia’s easternmost province.

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Small Is Beautiful, and It Works Reply

By Ethan Bishop

Picture it: a self-governing community of little more than 35,000 people, living amongst “dramatic natural scenery”. For over the past two centuries, the people of this same community have been renowned for their independent spirit and love of freedom. Though originally little more than an agrarian community, today they have a modern economy oriented toward tourism and sport. There is a great “pedestrian main drag” where one can find such diversity as “modern art, hotels and slick office parks.” It is often remarked that even though it is a tiny place when compared to the rest of the world, “the views are big, and hiking (and skiing) possibilities go on and on.”

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Should the South secede? 1

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Joshua Holland, Alternet

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that cultural friction between the North and South persists to this day. After all, we fought an incredibly brutal, ugly Civil War. The battlelines that were drawn then continued to divide us through the Reconstruction period and well into the middle of the 20th century, as federal troops were once again deployed to enforce the civil rights acts.

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According to Chuck Thompson, a veteran travel writer who toured the American South, a degree of mutual enmity between Northerners and Southerners continues to be a source of cultural tension and political gridlock. We remain divided even as we have grown to become the world’s superpower. In his new book, Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, Thompson argues that it may be time for a divorce – to shake hands and go our separate ways.

Thompson appeared on last week’s AlterNet Radio Hour to discuss his book. A lightly edited transcript of our discussion is below (you can listen to the whole show here).

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Mali Tuareg maintain independence claims Reply

From Al-Jazeera

Tuareg-led rebels who seized the north of Mali in April have denied reports that they were abandoning their claims for a separate state after the rebellion was hijacked by Islamist fighters.

Moussa Ag Assarid, spokesperson for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), told Al Jazeera that the Tuareg group’s demands have not changed.

“The MNLA is not physically in every city in the Azawad, but that doesn’t mean we don’t exist … Azawad is a very large territory,” he said.

“We’re open to any collaboration against terrorism … we’re listening to the international community and are available for possible dialogue with Mali via mediator countries,” he said. But for now we haven’t seen will from Mali to sit at the negotiating table.”

“We’re currently working on a new military strategy to fight against terrorism in Azawad,” he added.

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and its former Islamist allies routed government forces in the
West African country three months ago and took over a stretch of the Sahara larger than France.

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Nationalism: The New Wave Reply

By Spencer Pearson


Part 1:  Ideology:  Nationalism 2.0 (b)

Nationalism was the most successful radical ideology of the modern age insomuch as it is more or less universally accepted today that nations have the right to self determination, which is to say that they rule themselves in their own interest as they see fit.  Most of the world’s population today enjoy their self-determination as part of a nation state.  In order for that situation to be achieved generations of nationalists have fought bloody wars and revolutions against imperial domination and in favour of popular sovereignty casting down vast empires and bloodthirsty tyrants all over the planet in a process which continues even to this day.   Yet nationalism has utterly failed in that it has been powerless to resist the rise of a new sort of empire.  One which been created by the subversion of nation states by an international political class who reject completely even the very idea of nations in favour of a extremist progressive ideology.  This class has been able to inflict more damage of the nations of Europe and the West than any man-made or natural catastrophe in recorded history.

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GC 33: Breaking the Golden Circle Reply

From Southern Nationalist Network

Today, on the Golden Circle podcast, we take a look at Hunter Wallace’s recent review of Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s book An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. The book argues the same point we have made many times on this site – that Dixie was the northernmost reaches of a Caribbean civilisation. That civilisation was split in half in 1776 when 13 of the British colonies seceded from the Empire and 13 remained loyal to the Crown. O’Shaughnessy explains the reasons (economic, demographic, military, etc) why the British West Indies didn’t secede along with the mainland colonies, which would possibly have led to either a Southern-dominated US or to a Southern-Caribbean Union and a New England Union. Wallace points out the long-term effect of this split of the Caribbean civilisation, the disaster it eventually brought on both the South and the Caribbean and how this paved the way for the North’s rise to dominance.

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Irish terrorists unite against British Crown Reply

New Old IRA?

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Lyuba Lulko

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When British Queen Elizabeth II made a “historic” visit to Northern Ireland and even shook hands with former militant Martin McGuinness, who had allegedly killed her relative, it seemed that the Irish Republican Army remained forever in the past. However, on the eve of the Olympic Games terrorists presented an unpleasant surprise to the Queen.

Three of the four terrorist organizations of Northern Ireland announced their merger in order to revive the Irish Republican Army (IRA). It will consist of several hundreds of armed militants of the Real IRA, the Republican Action Against Drug movement (RAAD, operating in the city of Derry), the coalition of independent armed groups (so-called “Republican nonconformists”) and small groups in Belfast and in the countryside. Only the Continuity IRA will remain independent.

This information, together with the statement of intention to intensify terrorist attacks was delivered to a journalist of British newspaper The Guardian at a secret meeting, held at the Irish border. The members of the new association assert that they “act together and under the unified leadership.” “In recent years the establishment of free and independent Ireland was delayed and eventually failed due to refusal of the leaders of the nationalist movement to struggle,” the statement said. Probably, it goes about the former leader of the “old” IRA, the above-mentioned Martin McGuinness, who chose a peaceful political process, established Sinn Fein party and was appointed deputy prime minister of Northern Ireland.

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Taking Economic Advice from Monaco Reply

From Mad for Monaco

Once upon a time money problems were the rule rather than the exception in the Principality of Monaco. The Grimaldis seemed to be constantly cash-strapped and one of the things that had to be considered when marriage discussions were going on was usually how big a dowry the lady in question could provide. However, all of that began to change during the reign of HSH Prince Charles III, though it was not the events of his time which would bring really lasting success. Financial problems mostly became a thing of the past under Charles III because of the gaming industry, done in grand style in Monte Carlo at a time when gambling was illegal almost everywhere else. That, obviously, gave Monaco a considerable advantage when it came to attracting big-spending tourists. The gaming industry put Monaco on solid financial ground but it could not depend on such an industry forever. During the reign of HSH Prince Albert I more countries legalized gambling which cut into Monegasque profits and there was World War One which caused tourism to dry up and also cut down on the traditional customer base of Monte Carlo (royals and aristocrats). However, from that time on, particularly under Albert’s successors Louis II and Rainier III, Monaco adopted the policies that would lead to lasting economic success. Could other countries learn from her example?

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The Rise of Southern Nationalism Reply

From the Missouri Tenth

Any discussion concerning the natural rights of man in relation to state sovereignty, independence from tyranny,  self-determination, and de-centralization, certainly wouldn’t be complete without bringing awareness and understanding towards today’s important cause of Southern Nationalism.

John P. George, a member of the League of the South who holds a B.A. degree in sociology and philosophy from the University of Georgia, an M.A. degree in historical sociology from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, writes that, “Southern independence is based on the belief that there are basic and distinct differences in culture, religion, political ideology, and ethnicity that form a nation distinct from the North. Ethnically the white population of the South has been predominantly from Great Britain and Ireland and northern Europe and Protestant Christian in religion. Politically the South has long been more conservative than the North or West, and regardless of ethnic background (e.g., black, Cajun, or Cherokee) all Southerners share a common history and certain similarities in cuisine, language, and music.”

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10 Movements to Secede from the United States Reply

By Lauren Davis

From io9.com via nata-ny.blogspot.com

This week, the United States celebrates its independence from Great Britain. But throughout the nation’s history there have been plenty of people who have sought their independence from the US, not in it. Some of these rebellions against the US have been mere publicity stunts, while others genuinely threatened to tear the country apart. Still others continue to this day, their members insisting that secession is their naturally given right.

Dozens of secessionist movements, self-governing communities, and micronations have existed in the United States. The Middlebury Institute, a secessionist think tank, keeps a list of currently active movements within the US. These ten have particularly interesting histories:

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Spain’s Indignados: Decentralization and Neighborhood Association Reply

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By Marta Sánchez

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A silent revolution emerges from the underground. Far from losing strength, decentralization has allowed 15-M to become ever more dynamic.

Is the 15-M movement going invisible? Or is it rather gaining strength in the ‘underground’? The mainstream media keep claiming that the indignados have lost support since last year, that its only success is its ability to bring people together on special dates. Spanish newspaper El País concluded in May 2012 that, one year after the birth of the movement, popular support and sympathy for the indignados had decreased around 13% among the Spanish population, despite the massive mobilizations that took place from the 12th until the 15th of May, commemorating the anniversary of the movement. ABC opened its edition of May 15 stating that “the indignados movement shows less strength on their anniversary.” But the media misses the point. In reality, rather than losing strength, the movement has become stronger, more organized, better coordinated, and supported by the commitment of hundreds of people.

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The Secession Solution Reply

By Chris Bassil

Earlier this month, Amendment 1 — an amendment to the North Carolina state constitution that precludes the state from recognizing gay marriage, among various other kinds of domestic partnership — was passed by voters. Much has already been made of the bill’s discriminatory content, the former need to “vote against,” and the current need for repeal, but much of this looks more like an exercise in missing the point than anything else.

In the end, the problem with Amendment 1 is not so much that this election was decided in one direction and not the other, but rather that we live in a society content to employ statewide voting as a means of collective decision making in the first place.

One of the problems with a statewide referendum on the issue of gay marriage, or any domestic matter, is that it implicitly assumes that the state — as opposed to the county, city, neighborhood, place of business, or any other pool of people — is the appropriate unit for collective decision making. It suggests that state residency is a common denominator fundamental enough to bind 9.7 million people to one another’s opinions, interests, and backgrounds — complex, diverse, and contradictory though they may be. It contends that it is morally acceptable for 93 counties to decide an issue not only for themselves but for the remaining seven as well. And it denies a man — or two, or several — the opportunity to lead his life as he, and not as his distant neighbors, sees fit.

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Here’s Why You Need To Be Watching Europe’s Secessionist Movements 1

From Business Insider

Scotland’s bid for independence looks likely to change the way that the UK works (to some degree at least), but do secessionist movements have a wider impact?

We’ve taken a look at Europe’s various secessionist movements to show you exactly why you need to watch the situation in Scotland, and why it may have a big impact on the EU.

Everyone’s watching the UK right now.

Everyone's watching the UK right now.

The United Kingdom and Great Britain

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VDARE, Lew Rockwell, and the Race-Obsessed Paleo Problem Reply

An oldy-but-goody from Dylan Waco at the Left Conservative.

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Fresh off the heels of my post about the generational gap within the paleo movement on matters of race, comes the latest race obsessed nonsense from the folks at VDare. This time the issue is the alleged sellout of paleolibertarianism, by lewrockwell.com and the Murray Rothbard inspired, free market fundamentalists associated with the Austrian School of economics. While I am not a partisan of the Rothbardians, it does strike me that they are the saner of the two groupings, and they certainly have their priorities in order. They also understand tactical alliances, something that flies right over the head of the VDare crowd all to often.

Generally speaking I am a fan of the VDare website, particularly its focused work on immigration. While I don’t consider myself a restrictionist, I do think immigration is one of the major problems facing the nation, and lefties who pretend that the tide of illegals sweeping onto our shores is not an issue worthy of thought ought to quit pretending they care about things like the environment, urban sprawl, fair wages, or the autocratic status of the third world hellholes these folks are fleeing from. That said, VDare’s obsession with what it calls the “National Question”, is for the most part ideologically driven nonsense, and postings like the one offered up by “Arthur Pendleton” (most likely a pseudonym) do nothing to advance the cause of decentralized government, personal liberty, or community empowerment.

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American Support For Secession Increases 10% in Just 2 Years.. Reply

Says a new Rasmussen poll. 

Twenty-four percent of Americans now agree with us. Sixteen percent are undecided. We’re getting there.

Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 9:18:45 AM by CNSNews.com

(CNSNews.com) – Nearly one-quarter of Americans believe that states have the right to secede, according to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports — up 10 percentage points in two years.

The latest poll is just one of many that shows that Americans have “serious and growing concern about the federal government,” according to Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports.

According to the phone survey released Sunday, 24 percent of Americans believe that states should be able to withdraw from the United States to form their own country, if they want. Nearly 60 percent (59) of Americans say they don’t believe states have the right to secede, while 16 percent are undecided.

“We do see that people are concerned about the federal government in a variety of ways,” Rasmussen told CNSNews.com. “51 percent believe that it’s a threat to individual liberties.

“It may just be part of a growing frustration with other aspects of the federal government,” he said.

“But I think it’s important to keep it in perspective, growing to 24 percent still means that only one out of four Americans think that states have the right to secede, it’s not that they’re advocating for it,” Rasmussen said.

Though a minority, the number has been growing. In 2010, when Rasmussen first conducted the poll, only 14 percent of Americans said states had the right to secede. A year later, the number was up to 21 percent.

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