The secession of Catalonia from Spain thing that's going on, what's up with all that business? I never heard as much as a peep about that before, now it's been in the news for the last few weeks or so every day. Of course I am not up on Spanish politics, so things do get by me. In the past I've heard about the Basque separatist movement, but they never seem to get much traction. But this Catalonia stuff is out of left field for me anyway. Why are they so unhappy with being a part of Spain? Will another Spanish civil war break out, with the Basques and who (whom) ever else is unhappy and bent on leaving the republic to go their own way, joining in the hostilities? Is Gibraltar safe? Generalissimo Francisco Franco is undoubtedly turning in his grave.