The leaders of Catalonia say they're ready to secede from Spain if they win an independence referendum this September. But even if Catalans vote yes, the Spanish government is dead set against any breakup.
We need to be moving to a model where activists demand "no representation without conversation," said Zeynep Tufekci in a discussion about privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism and global youth protests at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
If the mere mention of the word bagpipe causes your mind to wander off to the windswept Scottish Highlands, hang on! There's a group of passionate bagpipe campaigners on a quest to show there's more to the pipes than playing on the heath in a kilt.
A member of Spain's royal family is among those having trouble paying the mortgage, but apparently the Duke of Palma doesn't have to worry about losing his home. His bank has given him a four-year reprieve on payments.
As Spain wrestles with its economic troubles, attention is focusing on the community banks, the cajas, that for a long-time were the lifeline of communities, making small loans to businesses and individuals. But somewhere along the way, those banks got into trouble and are now as much of a threat to Spain's economy as their larger cousins.
From acting in Pretty in Pink to starring in St. Elmo's Fire to writing travelogues for National Geographic and The New York Times, Andrew McCarthy's career has been broad. He's had highs and lows, and his new book documents that journey.
Guatemala's former President Efrain Rios Montt is about stand trial for his role in a violent reign of terror over 36 years. Ríos Montt had seemed untouchable, even being elected to his country's legislature after losing power. Now, however, he will answer for the crimes he's accused of.
It may sound gruesome, but researchers say they can produce safer cars by using cadavers in some crash tests. The US pioneered the technique in the 1930s and now Europe is ready to use cadavers, as well as test dummies.
Hundreds of thousands of Catalan nationalists and their supporters rallied in the streets of Barcelona Thursday to celebrate the vote for independence from Spain they have organized in November. But unlike in Britain, which supports the Scottish referendum, the vote in Catalonia is opposed by Spain. In fact, Madrid says it won't take place.