Monthly Archives: December 2017

For Spain, No Gain

 

This year of 2017 has been all about Spain. We have witnessed an explosion of Spanish influence in the field of pop music, as YouTube’s all-time viewing charts have been all of a sudden filled by an actual competitor to the English language…. But first and foremost, we’ve especially had one particular “Despacito” song, smashing all the previous YouTube records to pieces…

So from the perspective of such a massive outflow of “soft power” from the Spanish speaking world, it’s been almost unimaginable to comprehend, what a ridiculous politcal mess has been created by the government at the “Motherland” of this Spanish-filled universe, which is centered on the Iberian peninsula.

Only a couple of days ago we had the regional elections there in Catalonia, which were called by the central government…and also kind of lost by them as well (a bit similar to the gamble made by UK’s Theresa May, although this Spanish case was always promising to become a farce for Madrid). So what do we have now? The Catalonian independence referendum (which was never even theoretically supposed to become a success for the pro-independence voters, based on the alleged marginality of this side), was almost mercilessly crushed by the Spanish police…and now the “marginal” supporters of Catalan pro-independence parties have won the new elections yet again (if we combine all of their votes)? So we have some very curious anomalies here: firstly, a supposedly pointless referendum was crushed with brute force, and secondly, the troublesome “marginals” have won the elections yet again…?? Or in other words, if the Spanish government is truly worthy of any kind of award this year, it should definitely be the Nobel prize for FAKE NEWS propaganda.

So let us now focus on these and all of the other unanswered questions a bit more specifically:

  1. Based on Article 1 of the UN charter, the purposes of the UN are (2) “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace”. SO there we have it….and yet the Spanish government basically keeps just endlessly repeating, that this “principle [of] self-determination of peoples” is explicitly outlawed in their constitution, as it would result in the collapse of the territorial integrity of Spain… So here is my question, how could one of the fundamental principles of the international law, concerning political/human rights of the people, be anyhow outlawed in a supposedly democratic and free European country, which has obviously also ratified this very same UN charter?
  2. How could the Catalan people possibly decide about their own fate as a nation anyhow at all, if they are even forcibly prevented from having a referendum ever at all? Could any Spanish politicians (and their global apologists) please provide – at least on some utterly basic level – an explanation, why do e.g. the Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarians, Germans, Turks (and every other nation on Earth with their own state) deserve to have independence, but the Catalans (and Kurds as well, of course) are somehow worse and less worthy than all of the others?
  3. The EU claims that this Catalan issue is an internal matter of the Spanish state – so when peaceful citizens, who simply wish to cast their votes at an election, are beaten to the ground with batons, it should be called just as “the protection of the rule of law” by Brussels, and the “protection of DEMOCRACY (seriously…of all things…???)” by Madrid. How on Earth could anyone justify this? While at the same time, especially Poland (but also Hungary) is subjected to almost constant bashing by Brussels, simply on the basis of their thoroughly internal legislative activites.. and this is somehow not described as an “interference in a member state’s internal issues”??
  4. Why did the Spanish government wage such a fierce rhetorical war during the lead up to the proposed referendum, if they were absolutely certain, that only the minority of the Catalan people support the independence? And why was the reaction on the day itself so merciless? Firstly, they could have simply accepted that this supposedly “destined-to-fail” referendum would take place (= wisdom), because then “the wolves would have eaten, but the sheep wouldn’t have been touched” – a referendum for the Catalans, and unity for Spain! Why not? Or secondly, the government could have later simply denied the validity of the referendum’s results, and that’s all…so why all of this outrageous brutality by the police?? There seem to be only two logical explanations: these are either absolute political ignorance and/or a deliberately fake political propaganda (about the actual extent of support for the independence movement)…

Honestly speaking, I believe I actually do have the answers to all of these relevant questions..

 

TO BE CONTINUED

EU National Top 60 (Week 8 / July 30, 2017)

 

  1. LUIS FONSI FEAT. DADDY YANKEE – DESPACITO  (S / W8)

  2. DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS  (S / W6)
  3. CALVIN FEAT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN – FEELS   (+2 / W5)
  4. DAVID GUETTA FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER – 2U  (-1 / W7)
  5. ED SHEERAN – SHAPE OF YOU  (-1 / W8)
  6. IMAGINE DRAGONS – THUNDER  (+2 / W8)
  7. CHARLIE PUTH – ATTENTION  (-1 / W8)
  8. JONAS BLUE FEAT. WILLIAM SINGE – MAMA  (-1 / W8)
  9. J. BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM – MI GENTE  (+3 / W4)
  10. AXWELL & INGROSSO – MORE THAN YOU KNOW  (+3 / W8)
  11. ROBIN SCHULZ FEAT. JAMES BLUNT – OK  (S / W8)
  12. FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE  (+3 / W8)
  13. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS  (-3 / W8)
  14. SHAWN MENDES – THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK  (-5 / W8)
  15. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FEAT. DESCEMER BUENO, ZION & LENNOX – SUBEME LA RADIO  (-1 / W8)
  16. RITA ORA – YOUR SONG  (+4 / W8)
  17. MALUMA – FELICES LOS 4  (S / W8)
  18. LIL KLEINE FEAT. BOEF – KRANTENWIJK  (-2 / W8)
  19. IMAGINE DRAGONS – BELIEVER  (S / W8)
  20. JASON DERULO FEAT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – SWALLA  (-2 / W8)
  21. TAKAGI & KETRA – L’ESERCITO DEL SELFIE  (+2 / W3)
  22. DJ KHALED FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL’ WAYNE – I’M THE ONE  (+21 / W8)
  23. LIAM PAYNE FEAT. QUAVO – STRIP THAT DOWN  (-2 / W8)
  24. NISKA – RÉSEAUX  (S / W2)
  25. J-AX & FEDEZ VS. T-PAIN – SENZA PAGARE  (-3 / W8)
  26. HARRY STYLES – SIGN OF THE TIMES  (+31 / W8)
  27. THEGIORNALISTI – RICCIONE  (+1 / W3)
  28. ARILENA ARA – NËNTORI (BESS & GON REMIX)  (-2 / W7) 
  29. SELENA GOMEZ FEAT. GUCCI MANE – FETISH  (S / W2)
  30. MAGGIE LINDEMANN – PRETTY GIRL  (S / W6)
  31. BABY K FEAT. ANDRÉS DVICIO – VOGLIO BALLARE CON TE  (-6 / W6)
  32. DANNY OCEAN – ME REHÚSO  (-1 / W8)
  33. FABRI FIBRA FEAT. THEGIORNALISTI – PAMPLONA  (+1 / W8)
  34. SHAKIRA – ME ENAMORÉ  (+3 / W8)
  35. LITTLE MIX FEAT. STORMZY – POWER  (+6 / W6)
  36. LOST FREQUENCIES & NETSKY – HERE WITH YOU  (+3 / W3)
  37. LARTISTE FEAT. AWA IMANI – CHOCOLAT  (-4 / W8)
  38. KAMFERDROPS – JAG TRODDE ÄNGLARNA FANNS  (+2 / W7)
  39. SIGALA & ELLA EYRE – CAME HERE FOR LOVE  (-4 / W4)
  40. FELIX JAEHN, HIGHT & ALEX AIONO – HOT2TOUCH  (RE / W5)
  41. MIHAIL – WHO YOU ARE  (NEW)
  42. REGI – WHERE DID YOU GO (SUMMER LOVE)  (NEW)
  43. MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN – THERE FOR YOU  (RE / W2)
  44. C. TANGANA – MALA MUJER  (+4 / W5)
  45. CARLA’S DREAMS – PANA LA SANGE  (-13 / W7)
  46. ARCADE FIRE – EVERYTHING NOW  (+3 / W3)
  47. LINKIN PARK – IN THE END  (NEW)
  48. FABIO ROVAZZI FEAT. GIANNI MORANDI – VOLARE  (-4 / W8)
  49. LIL KLEINE FEAT. RONNIE FLEX – LOTERIJ  (-4 / W5)
  50. MARINA SATTI – MANTISSA  (S / W7)
  51. JULIA MICHAELS – ISSUES  (S / W4)
  52. ITALOBROTHERS – SUMMER AIR  (+7 / W2)
  53. DUA LIPA – NEW RULES  (NEW)
  54. MILEY CYRUS – MALIBU  (-18 / W8) 
  55. DEMARCO FLAMENCO FEAT. MAKI – LA ISLA DEL AMOR  (NEW)
  56. MIKAEL GABRIEL – RIIPPUMATTO  (-4 / W2)
  57. NIALL HORAN – SLOW HANDS  (RE / W6)
  58. RUDIMENTAL FEAT. JAMES ARTHUR – SUN COMES UP  (NEW)
  59. MORAT & ALVARO SOLER – YO CONTIGO, TÚ CONMIGO  (NEW)
  60. DELIA FEAT. MACANACHE – RAMAI CU BINE  (-22 / W2)

 

NARROW MISS

  • GILLI FEAT. KESI & SIVAS – RICA  (W4)
  • ALICE MERTON – NO ROOTS  (W6)   
  • PASCAL JUNIOR – HOLDIN’ ON  (P55 / W6)
  • CAMILA CABELLO – CRYING IN THE CLUB  (P46 / W2)
  • LINKIN PARK & KIIARA – HEAVY

DOWN & OUT

  • 187 STRASSENBANDE FEAT. GZUZ & BONEZ MC – MILLIONÄR  (P27 / W1)
  • CLEAN BANDIT FEAT. ZARA LARSSON – SYMPHONY  (P42 / W7)
  • SIA – NEVER GIVE UP  (P47 / W1)
  • CHEAT CODES FEAT. DEMI LOVATO – NO PROMISES  (P53 / W2)
  • LUCAS & STEVE – UP TILL DAWN (ON THE MOVE)  (P54 / W1)
  • ED SHEERAN – GALWAY GIRL  (P56 / W7)
  • MANUEL TURIZO – UNA LADY COMO TÚ  (P58 / W1)
  • ANTTI TUISKU FEAT. BOYAT – HANURI  (P60 / W5)

 

EU National Top 60 (Week 7 / July 23, 2017)

 

  1. LUIS FONSI FEAT. DADDY YANKEE – DESPACITO  (S / W7)

  2. DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS  (S / W5)
  3. DAVID GUETTA FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER – 2U  (+2 / W6)
  4. ED SHEERAN – SHAPE OF YOU  (-1 / W7)
  5. CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN – FEELS   (+2 / W4)
  6. CHARLIE PUTH – ATTENTION  (-2 / W7)
  7. JONAS BLUE FEAT. WILLIAM SINGE – MAMA  (-1 / W7)
  8. IMAGINE DRAGONS – THUNDER  (S / W7)
  9. SHAWN MENDES – THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK  (+1 / W7)
  10. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS  (-1 / W7)
  11. ROBIN SCHULZ FEAT. JAMES BLUNT – OK  (+1 / W7)
  12. J. BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM – MI GENTE  (+12 / W3)
  13. AXWELL & INGROSSO – MORE THAN YOU KNOW  (+3 / W7)
  14. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FEAT. DESCEMER BUENO, ZION & LENNOX – SUBEME LA RADIO  (-3 / W7)
  15. FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE  (+2 / W7)
  16. LIL KLEINE FEAT. BOEF – KRANTENWIJK  (+5 / W7)
  17. MALUMA – FELICES LOS 4  (+2 / W7)
  18. JASON DERULO FEAT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – SWALLA  (-3 / W7)
  19. IMAGINE DRAGONS – BELIEVER  (-6 / W7)
  20. RITA ORA – YOUR SONG  (-2 / W7)
  21. LIAM PAYNE FEAT. QUAVO – STRIP THAT DOWN  (+2 / W7)
  22. J-AX & FEDEZ VS. T-PAIN – SENZA PAGARE  (S / W7)
  23. TAKAGI & KETRA – L’ESERCITO DEL SELFIE  (+10 / W2)
  24. NISKA – RÉSEAUX  (NEW)
  25. BABY K FEAT. ANDRÉS DVICIO – VOGLIO BALLARE CON TE  (S / W5)
  26. ARILENA ARA – NËNTORI (BESS & GON REMIX)  (+4 / W6) 
  27. 187 STRASSENBANDE FEAT. GZUZ & BONEZ MC – MILLIONÄR  (NEW)
  28. THEGIORNALISTI – RICCIONE  (+28 / W2)
  29. SELENA GOMEZ FEAT. GUCCI MANE – FETISH  (NEW)
  30. MAGGIE LINDEMANN – PRETTY GIRL  (-4 / W5)
  31. DANNY OCEAN – ME REHÚSO  (+3 / W7)
  32. CARLA’S DREAMS – PANA LA SANGE  (+12 / W6)
  33. LARTISTE FEAT. AWA IMANI – CHOCOLAT  (-5 / W7)
  34. FABRI FIBRA FEAT. THEGIORNALISTI – PAMPLONA  (-5 / W7)
  35. SIGALA & ELLA EYRE – CAME HERE FOR LOVE  (+3 / W3)
  36. MILEY CYRUS – MALIBU  (-9 / W7) 
  37. SHAKIRA – ME ENAMORÉ  (-5 / W7)
  38. DELIA FEAT. MACANACHE – RAMAI CU BINE  (NEW)
  39. LOST FREQUENCIES & NETSKY – HERE WITH YOU  (+13 / W2)
  40. KAMFERDROPS – JAG TRODDE ÄNGLARNA FANNS  (-3 / W6)
  41. LITTLE MIX FEAT. STORMZY – POWER  (+9 / W5)
  42. CLEAN BANDIT FEAT. ZARA LARSSON – SYMPHONY  (-22 / W7)
  43. DJ KHALED FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL’ WAYNE – I’M THE ONE  (-29 / W7)
  44. FABIO ROVAZZI FEAT. GIANNI MORANDI – VOLARE  (-9 / W7)
  45. LIL KLEINE FEAT. RONNIE FLEX – LOTERIJ  (-9 / W4)
  46. CAMILA CABELLO – CRYING IN THE CLUB  (-4 / W2)
  47. SIA – NEVER GIVE UP  (NEW)
  48. C. TANGANA – MALA MUJER  (-8 / W4)
  49. ARCADE FIRE – EVERYTHING NOW  (-3 / W2)
  50. MARINA SATTI – MANTISSA  (RE / W6)
  51. JULIA MICHAELS – ISSUES  (+7 / W3)
  52. MIKAEL GABRIEL – RIIPPUMATTO  (NEW)
  53. CHEAT CODES FEAT. DEMI LOVATO – NO PROMISES  (-8 / W2)
  54. LUCAS & STEVE – UP TILL DAWN (ON THE MOVE)  (NEW)
  55. PASCAL JUNIOR – HOLDIN’ ON  (+2 / W6)
  56. ED SHEERAN – GALWAY GIRL  (-2 / W7)
  57. HARRY STYLES – SIGN OF THE TIMES  (-26 / W7)
  58. MANUEL TURIZO – UNA LADY COMO TÚ  (NEW)
  59. ITALOBROTHERS – SUMMER AIR  (NEW)
  60. ANTTI TUISKU FEAT. BOYAT – HANURI  (-7 / W5)

 

NARROW MISS

  • MORAT & ALVARO SOLER – YO CONTIGO, TÚ CONMIGO 
  • CRO – UNENDLICHKEIT  (P59 / W2) 
  • ALICE MERTON – NO ROOTS  (P43 / W6)   
  • OFENBACH – BE MINE  (P39 / W6)
  • MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN – THERE FOR YOU  (W1)

DOWN & OUT

  • SMILEY – DE UNDE VII LA ORA ASTA?  (P41 / W6)
  • DAMSO – Θ. MACARENA  (P47 / W6)
  • GILLI FEAT. KESI & SIVAS – RICA  (P48 / W4)
  • BURAK YETER FEAT. DANELLE SANDOVAL – TUESDAY  (P49 / W6)
  • ARMIN VAN BUUREN & GARIBAY FEAT. OLAF BLACKWOOD – I NEED YOU  (P51 / W6)
  • CALOGERO – JE JOUE DE LA MUSIQUE  (P55 / W2)
  • JEBROER & DJ PAUL ELSTAK, DR. PHUNK – ENGELTJE  (P60 / W4)