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Separatists Win Catalan Election

Separatists Win Catalan Election

La Vanguardia, Sept. 28, 2015

"The ‘yes' prevails," the Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia titled Monday, as pro-independence movements won the absolute majority in regional elections in Catalonia. The landmark victory is seen by separatists as a de facto independence referendum in favor of the northern region breaking away from Spain.

The "Junts pel Sí" ("Together for Yes") list, the main separatist coalition, won 62 seats, and the "Candidatura d'Unitat Popular" ("Popular Unity Candidacy") movement won 10. Together, their 72 seats exceeds the 68 out of 135 required to form a parliamentary majority.

Their rivals, however, refused to recognize their victory, seeing as they failed to get a majority of votes. The separatist parties fell just short of getting 50% of the vote, winning 1.9 million out of 4 million ballots cast. The spokesperson for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's People's Party Pablo Casado said that "this election should serve to end the independence debate once and for all."

Catalan regional President Artur Mas clearly disagreed. "We won," he told a cheering crowd after the election Sunday. "Today was a double victory, the yes side won, as did democracy." Mas has pledged to lead Catalonia towards independence from Spain by 2017 at the latest.

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Shakira, Miley Cyrus And The Double Standards Of Infidelity

Society judges men and women very differently in situations of adultery and cheating, and in divorce settlements. It just takes some high-profile cases to make that clear.

Photo of Bizarrap and Shakira for their song “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”
Mariana Rolandi

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BUENOS AIRES — When Shakira, the Colombian pop diva, divorced her soccer star husband Gerard Piqué in 2022, she wrote a song to overcome the hurt and humiliation of the separation from Piqué, who had been cheating on her.

The song, which was made in collaboration with Argentine DJ Bizarrap and broke streaming records, was a "healthy way of channeling my emotions," Shakira said. She has described it as a "hymn for many women."

A day after its launch, Miley Cyrus followed suit with her own song on her husband's suspected affairs. Celebrities and influencers must have taken note here in Argentina: Sofía Aldrey, a makeup artist, posted screenshots of messages her former boyfriend had sent other women while they were a couple.

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