With so many people around the world mourning the loss of loved ones at this time, I wanted to share some phrases from "A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis, given to me by a good friend when my mother died in 1988 at the age of 48. #coronavirus
Although Lewis wrote "A Grief Observed" about the loss of his partner and he talks a lot about his faith, which might not be relevant to everyone, this account of his grief helped me, like a friend who is going through the same as you. It made me feel less alone.
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid."
"At other times it feels like being mildly drunk or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says."
Report on visits to people imprisoned since Oct 14 during protests in #Catalonia against #Spain's Supreme Court ruling 459/2019 by @sirecovi (System for Registration and Communication of Situations of Institutional Violence) of the OSPDH-UB (@OSPDH1)
@ClaraPonsati@AamerAnwar "There appear to be glaring contradictions in a 'rambling' warrant stretching to some 59 pages, which jumps from 'rebellion' to 'sedition'. @ClaraPonsati is accused of sedition, but it's only briefly mentioned on 2 pages, with no clarity as to her role" bbc.com/news/uk-scotla…
@ClaraPonsati@AamerAnwar "This EAW has not been certified and no further action will be taken" to arrest @ClaraPonsati quickly becomes "it is not disproportionate, it is just currently lacking in essential information", a "miscommunication".
Borrell's toytown diplomats found it "damaging to #Spain's image" that "there were barely 20 people" at an event with Parliament VP, @josepcosta: an Estelada on a table "looked like a coffin" and "people mocked it on social media"
Ex-chief of CNP Cat, Sebastián Trapote
Dir. CNI, Félix Sanz Roldán
Ex-chief of Civil Guard Cat, Ángel Gonzalo
Interior Ministry rep. to Security Commission Cat, Diego Pérez de los Cobos
Dir. of CITCO, José Luis Olivera Serrano
Ex-DG of CNP, Germán López Iglesias
#Spain’s secret service (#CNI) admitted “contacts” with Abdelbaki Es Satty, the mastermind behind the terror cell but didn't clarify their frequency, duration or remuneration, only that they were within the “protocol established for convicts” 17/11/2017
"#Spain's #SupremeCourt should suspend the national arrest warrants against @krls & @toni_comin. Both now enjoy immunity that the Supreme can't interfere with. They must decide to respect the law or not, but the little credibility they still have in Europe is at risk." @boye_g
Asked whether @krls & @toni_comin must swear to uphold the Constitution in person before #Spain's Central Electoral Board before taking office, @boye_g said the rule was out-of-date, against EU law, and, if the #SupremeCourt got involved in this battle, it would surely lose.
Insp. Fuentes Gago, attaché to #Spanish embassy in the Netherlands, & top fraud squad officers secretly recorded Isea & his lawyer at the meeting in the #Spanish consulate.
Chavez's ex-confidant had fled to the US & was concerned for his family's safety.
Carlin was especially critical of High Court judge Carmen Lamela, who:
⚖remanded Rosell in custody 2 yrs ago
⚖originally ordered imprisonment in Oct '17 of civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez
⚖2 weeks later, sent 8 members of Catalan govt to jail"
Judge Lamela has a fixation👇
Carmen Lamela is the Spanish High Court judge who, in the absence of ETA, sees terrorism everywhere. It's her unhealthy obsession.
Below are 3 recent cases where she insisted on charges of terrorism which were ultimately rejected in court.
#CatalanTrial: PP - the Perjury Party 1
"A witness who doesn't tell the truth in his deposition in court shall be punished with imprisonment of 6 months to 2 yrs and a fine of 3-6 months"
Sáenz de Santamaría couldn't remember/lied
The PP can never remember/always lies
#CatalanTrial: PP - the Perjury Party 2
"A witness who doesn't tell the truth in his deposition in a court case shall be punished with imprisonment of 6 months to 2 yrs and a fine of 3-6 months"
M. Rajoy couldn't remember/lied
The PP can never remember/always lies
#CatalanTrial: PP - the Perjury Party 3
"A witness who doesn't tell the truth in his deposition in a court case shall be punished with imprisonment of 6 months to 2 years and a fine of 3-6 months"
Zoido couldn't remember/lied
The PP can never remember/always lies
👨⚖️Day 3 of the trial of the Catalan government, in 12 videoclips👩⚖️
🔴Oriol Junqueras' testimony🔴
The voice of Catalan VP, Oriol Junqueras, hadn't been heard for 15 months since he was dismissed and remanded in custody on 2 November, 2017
[📽️Video thread - ST in English👇]
"I'm convinced that I am accused for my ideas and not for my acts and, considering that this is a political trial, as I understand it, and that I'm an elected representative and have a duty to my voters, I will not answer any prosecution questions." @junqueras
"In January 2016, I was appointed Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Generalitat of Catalonia, a post from which I was dismissed with the application of Article 155. I currently consider myself to be a political prisoner." @junqueras
☡Spanish Supreme Court filled with far-right militants☡
Spanish police give all 40 numbered tickets for the public gallery to sympathisers of the far-right party acting as private prosecution in the trial while obstructing entry of the 12 Catalan defendants' families.
How can the talks between the Spanish & the Catalans have broken down "before they even began"?
The Spanish government has rolled over to pressure from all sectors of Spanish nationalism, from the nominal left to the far far right, not to negotiate with Catalan independentists.
Pablo Casado (PP) and Albert Rivera (Ciudadanos) call to Spanish nationalism will be answered tomorrow in Columbus Square in Madrid by a toxic mix of pseudosocialists, neoliberals, ultraconservatives, fascists, fascist sympathisers, Falangists, Franco nostalgics and neonazis.
Falange Española de las Jons
Has he induced a foreign power to declare war on Spain?
Has he invited Brexit Britain to send the Royal Navy to protect The Rock?
Has he armed the Catalans?
Has he assisted an invader?
Has he starved the Spanish
Is he a Russian spy?
He has announced bilateral talks between Spanish and Catalan parties which include a "relator" - a word nobody understands - rapporteur, moderator, arbiter?
And now it's all kicked off, again, in typically hysterical Spanish nationalist style.
The panel of judges have admitted almost all witnesses and evidence proposed by the Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor General and far-right political party Vox but rejected 50 defence witnesses, some key to their case, a host of expert witnesses and vital pieces of evidence
Rajoy and Sáenz de Santamaría, PM and deputy PM at the time of the referendum, have been accepted as witnesses
Exiled president Puigdemont president and ERC no 2 Rovira will not, considered by the judges to be ‘in rebellion’, ‘incompatible with the obligation to tell the truth"
A story of extreme childhood poverty, sleeping rough, hunger marches, mass trespasses, the Battle of Cable Street, fighting fascists in the Spanish civil war, wounded 3 times, fighting Nazism in WWII, decorated... theguardian.com/music/2019/feb…
"The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff" follows the footsteps of a working class hero who witnessed some of the most momentous events of the 1930s theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff