There has been, in the past weeks, a number of news reports in the Singaporean media covering different issues, but little attention has been paid to the samples of the surveys and data analyses. Continue reading
The spotlight this week shifts to Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan, where there are moves for independence. In Catalonia, plans for a referendum in October is set to be approved, even though the Spanish government has said the vote is illegal. Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos also warned that Catalonia’s gross domestic product could contract by 30 per cent upon secession. In Iraqi Kurdistan last week, likewise, the parliament of Iraq rejected Kurdish plans to hold an independence referendum, and the country’s Supreme Court has also weighed in to order the suspension of the planned referendum on September 25. President of Iraq Fuad Masum, in addition, cancelled his trip to the United States “to jump start an initiative to resolve the crisis [involving the Kurdish independence referendum]”. The countries of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, furthermore, are considering counter-measures against this planned referendum.
“The Economist” argued that while the Kurds do have a case for the right to self-determination, under international law, the Catalan government does not, for it is not colonised, occupied, or oppressed. The newspaper argued that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should instead negotiate a new settlement with Catalonia, “while also offering to rewrite the constitution to allow referendums on secession, but only with a clear majority on a high turnout”. Instead, Mr. Rajoy insists the vote is illegal and unconstitutional. Continue reading