BASQUE MYSTERY ROOTS!

 

BEING A BASQUE MYSELF LIKE I AM I CANNOT RESIST LOVING MY HOMELAND AND THE PEOPLE HERE. WHAT I ADMIRE IN BASQUE PEOPLE THE MOST IS THAT THEY ARE LOYAL AND NOBLE. BASQUES´ LOYALTY DATES CENTURIES BACK IN TIME, WHEN MONARCHS STARTED TO VALUE IT.

IN ORDER TO ACKNOWLEDGE ANY CLAIM LAID TO US WE HAVE TO SUPPLY IT WITH A HOLISTIC APPROACH. IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY´S CASE AS TO BASQUE PRISONERS´ FAMILIES´CLAIM TO GET THEM TRANSFERRED TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY IT IS SIMPLY JUST. THESE FAMILIES ARE HUMAN BEINGS WHOSE DEMANDS HAVE TO BE MET. THESE RELATIVES HAVE SUFFERED AND ARE STILL SUFFERING HAVING THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS FAR AWAY FROM THEM. THESE FAMILIES ARE FILLED WITH A SENSE OF GRIEVANCE, HAVING HAD THEIR PROPERTY CONFISCATED AND BEEN FORBIDDEN TO SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE, AMONG MANY OTHER SETBACKS DURING THE DICTATORSHIP.

EVERYONE OF US HAS EQUAL RIGHTS . PRISONERS AS WELL ARE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW. HOWEVER, BASQUE PRISONERS ARE DISPERSED IN NON-BASQUE PRISONS ACROSS SPAIN. THAT IS WHY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED IN SUPPORT OF BRINGING IMPRISONED BASQUE INSURGENTS TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY, ON JANUARY 10TH 2015. WE NEED INTERNATIONAL HELP TO GUARANTEE ALL BASQUE PRISONERS ARE BROUGHT BACK TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY. THESE PEOPLE´S RELATIVES´ RIGHTS SHOULD BE DEFENDED.

DICTATORSHIPS ARE NOT GOOD AND THEY PROMPT RESISTANCE. IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY THE WIDESPREAD OPPRESSION TARGETED AGAINST BASQUES MEANT THE PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF THE BASQUE LANGUAGE, AND LED TO AN ARMED MOVEMENT. THIS MOVEMENT COULD NOT TOLERATE THE TYRANNY AGAINST OUR LANGUAGE, THE BASQUE LANGUAGE. A HUNDRED BASQUE PRISONERS FROM THE ARMED MOVEMENT WERE TORTURED BY THE DICTATORSHIP.

REALITY RULES, AND AS SUCH, THE BASQUE COUNTRY HAS ITS OWN PECULIAR CULTURE AND IDENTITY. BASQUE PEOPLE DEFEND THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE FACTORS WHICH EQUATE THEM TO AN INDEPENDENT REGION:

– A LANGUAGE OF ITS OWN, EUSKERA, WHICH IS NOT RELATED TO ANY KNOWN LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.

– AN ANCIENT HISTORY, DATING BACK TO THE PALEOLITHIC PERIOD. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEVENTH CENTURY THE BASQUES STARTED TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES AS THE DUCHY OF VASCONIA.

– HAVING GONE THROUGH THE BASQUE FUEROS EXPERIENCE OF RULING THEMSELVES SEPARATELY. THE FACT THAT BASQUES POSSESSED A BASQUE CONSTITUTION, MEANING BASQUE FUEROS, SET THE STAGE FOR AUTONOMOUS RULE. THE KINGS BACK THEN, HAD REASONS (LIKE ACKOWLEDGING LOYAL SUBJECTION AND DISTINCTIVE LEGAL TRADITIONS, AMONG SOME) FOR GRANTING THESE RIGHTS TO THE BASQUES. U.S. PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS MENTIONED THE BISCAYAN FUEROS AND REFERRED TO THEM AS A PRECEDENT FOR THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.

– OUR ADAMANT ATTITUDE TO KEEP EUSKERA AND BASQUE CULTURE INTACT.

– HAVING BEEN REPRESENTED BY SABINO ARANA Y GOIRI, THE INFLUENTIAL LEADER WHO LET BASQUES REALIZE WHAT GOAL WE ALL SHOULD BE ACHIEVING.

– BEARING THE SPREADING OF LIES, SUCH AS SAYING BASQUE PEOPLE WERE LOWLIFES.

– MANY YEARS´ EXPERIENCE IN BEING SUCCESSFUL FIGHTING FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE AGAINST MANY INVADERS.

TWO BASQUE CULTURE SAMPLES I RECOMMEND YOU ALL ARE THE BAND KEN ZAZPI, AND THE 2014 BASQUE MOVIE LASA Y ZABALADIRECTED BY PABLO MALO.

NO FIGHT CAN LAST SO LONG IF THERE IS NO TRUTH BEHIND IT. OUR TRUTH IS OUR LANGUAGE, CULTURE, OUR LOYALTY, AND WORLDWIDE LOYALTY RECOGNITION OVER THE CENTURIES. LOOKING BACK AT HOW THE BASQUES FOUGHT AGAINST THE ROMANS, THE VIKINGS, THE GERMANIC TRIBES AND THE MUSLIMS, WE CAN STATE BASQUES HAVE ALWAYS LOVED INDEPENDENCE, AND HAVE GAINED RECOGNITION FROM THE WISE.  THE QUESTION TODAY IS: DO BASQUES REALLY LOVE INDEPENDENCE AS MUCH AS LONG BEFORE?

 

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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