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  • Former Spanish PM fights delegitimization of Israel

    09/16/2010 6:00:48 PM PDT · by jackv · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-16-10 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    WASHINGTON – José María Aznar, the former Spanish prime minister who came to the US capital this week to push his Friends of Israel initiative, blasted the Obama administration for its Middle East policies in discussing the need for his new group.... “All of them were unconditional supporters of Israel. This administration, in my view, is a conditional supporter of Israel,” he said.
  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • Support Israel: if it goes down, we all go down--Anger over Gaza is a distraction.

    06/17/2010 1:30:14 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 22 replies · 563+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | June 17 2010 | José María Aznar
    We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region.For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion. In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship. In...
  • 'There is no West without Israel'

    06/15/2010 12:58:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 49 replies · 749+ views
    Israel Today ^ | June 15, 2010 | Staff
    A group of respected former world leaders and academic figures came together in Paris earlier this month to establish the Friends of Israel initiative to combat what they called the "delegitimation of the State of Israel." The group was led by former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar and included Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former First Minister of Northern Ireland David Trimble, former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, Italian philosopher Marcelo Pear, British historian Andrew Roberts and former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton. In a press release prior to the Paris event, the group expressed its outrage over...
  • José María Aznar: No pueden vivir sin mí “They Cannot Live Without Me”

    02/19/2010 12:26:10 PM PST · by luckybogey · 9 replies · 344+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | February 19, 2010 | LuckyBogey
    Aznar said that a “pyromaniac” like Zapatero can not be the fire chief! The former prime minister responds with a gesture insulting jeers from students at the University of Oviedo EL PAÍS - JAVIER CUARTAS / AGENCIAS - Oviedo – 18/02/2010 (English Translation) The former prime minister and president of the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES) José María Aznar has questioned today during a “rough” conference on the crisis at the University of Oviedo, the ability of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to achieve consensus or face economic situation because, in his view, “the head of the arsonists can...
  • Former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar speaks on Radical Islam

    11/10/2009 9:22:04 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Prime Minister Aznar illustrated the fact that while “not all Muslims are Jihadists, all Jihadists are Muslims.” Prime Minister Aznar’s party lost the 2004 election, only 3 days after the tragic events of the Madrid train bombing. His successor has since withdrawn all Spanish troops from Iraq.
  • Pope Invites Tony Blair To Vatican Summit [Joe Biden Included]

    11/04/2009 9:34:40 AM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 311+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 04th 2009
    Pope Invites Tony Blair To Vatican Summit To Discuss Church's Fears That Politics Is Losing Its Religion By Nick Pisa November 2009 Catholic convert Tony Blair is among several world leaders being invited to attend a top level summit with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the role of the Church in politics. The two-day summit will be held at the Vatican and will include other Catholic politicians from all over the world, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. vice president Joe Biden, former Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Church officials have been quietly working...
  • Biden to Zapatero: Hey, thanks for all that help in Iraq

    Barcepundit catches Joe Biden in Spain doing … well, what Joe Biden does best. Joe Biden remembered to thank Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero for all the help he gave us in Iraq, except that the only thing Zapatero gave us in Iraq was the finger:
  • Biden to Zapatero: Hey, thanks for all that help in Iraq

    03/29/2009 10:47:06 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 945+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 28, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barcepundit catches Joe Biden in Spain doing … well, what Joe Biden does best. Joe Biden remembered to thank Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero for all the help he gave us in Iraq, except that the only thing Zapatero gave us in Iraq was the finger:
  • Spain ex-leader ripped for Barack Obama comment

    01/08/2009 7:53:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,480+ views
    AFP ^ | January 7, 2009
    MADRID - Spain’s former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar drew criticism Wednesday by reportedly referring to what he called the "historic exoticism" of Barack Obama’s election as US president. Aznar was asked by a journalist from the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair magazine about the election in November of the first black president of the United States. "A historic exoticism and predictable economic disaster," replied the conservative former leader. "Obama is a person of black race who managed to become president of the United States, which is an extraordinary change for them", he said, without indicating whether he was referring...
  • Castro criticizes socialist Latin American leaders

    11/11/2007 10:24:06 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 8 replies · 101+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 11, 2007 | Marc Frank
    HAVANA - Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro openly criticized Latin America's socialist-leaning presidents for the first time on Sunday. Castro also praised Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his other revolutionary regional allies in a commentary carried by official Cuban media on the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. Nearly all 19 leaders who attended the summit were leftists, but there was debate over the region's future and the closing speeches on Saturday were marked by sharp exchanges..."I listened with great sorrow to the speeches pronounced from traditional left positions at the Ibero-American summit," Castro wrote. He was apparently referring to the...
  • Former Spanish president Aznar calls the King and Zapatero to thank them for their support

    11/11/2007 6:59:50 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 100+ views
    El Pais ^ | 10/11/2007
    Madrid - Former Spanish chief of state José Maria Aznar spoke with the King of Spain and with current prime minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero this afternoon to thank them for the support they expressed for him in the Iberoamerican meeting yesterday in Santiago de Chile after Aznar was criticized by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The conversation with Zapatero was brief, just 10 minutes, and took place after Zapatero placed a floral offering at the memorial to victims of the military dictatorship in Argentina...government sources have confirmed Zapatero responded to Aznar, saying, "I acted according to my principles and for...
  • Spanish king tells Chavez to 'shut up'

    11/10/2007 6:45:26 PM PST · by I still care · 19 replies · 272+ views
    AP ^ | November 10, 2007 | EDUARDO GALLARDO, Associated Press Writer
    SANTIAGO, Chile - The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist." Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."...
  • Saddam suggested $1bn exile (DID SADDAM TURN DOWN EGYPT OR VICE-VERSA?)

    09/29/2007 9:18:37 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 10 replies · 137+ views
    The Scotsman - UK ^ | 27 September 2007 | Jason Webb
    SADDAM Hussein was prepared to take $1 billion and go into exile before the Iraq war, George Bush, the United States president, is said to have told José WMaria Aznar, the then prime minister of Spain, a month before the 2003 invasion. During a meeting at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on 22 February, Mr Bush told Mr Aznar that Saddam could also be assassinated, according to a transcript of their talks published yesterday in the Spanish newspaper El Pais. "The Egyptians are speaking to Saddam Hussein. It seems he's indicated he would be prepared to go into exile if...
  • A Google Translated Article Bites The Left In ...( Bush conversation with Aznar re: Saddam )

    09/27/2007 11:25:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 98+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | September 27, 2007 at 9:20 AM | Curt
    The left is jumping over a report out of Spain that they say affirms their belief that Bush was going to go into Iraq no matter what happens: According to a new report published today by El Pais, Spain’s largest daily newspaper, Bush told then-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar at the time that he was going to invade Iraq no matter what happened. Spanish speakers can read the transcript of their discussion — I’m a little rusty — but E&P has a report on the revelations. El Pais, the highest-circulation daily in Spain, today published what it said was...
  • Bush thought Saddam was prepared to flee: report

    09/26/2007 9:36:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 114+ views
    Bush thought Saddam was prepared to flee: report By Jason Webb 29 minutes ago Saddam Hussein was prepared to take $1 billion and go into exile before the Iraq war, according to a transcript of talks between U.S. President George W. Bush and an ally, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Wednesday. During a meeting at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on February 22, 2003, Bush told former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar that Saddam could also be assassinated, according to the transcript published in El Pais in Spanish. In Washington, White House National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe...
  • Stay course in Iraq, says Aznar

    03/20/2007 9:13:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 490+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 21, 2007 | James Madden
    THE US and its allies, including Australia, need to stay the course in Iraq because to withdraw would allow terrorism to flourish in all parts of the world, according to former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar. Speaking in Sydney last night, Mr Aznar, who led Spain from 1996 to 2004, said that the Western world was at the crossroads, and that to concede defeat in Iraq would have "very serious consequences" for global democracy. "It's a very bad idea. You shouldn't run out of Iraq," Mr Aznar said. "Exiting Iraq without achieving stability will leave Iraq at the mercy...
  • Multiculturalism 'a big failure' : Spain's ex-prime minister Aznar

    10/27/2006 7:21:52 AM PDT · by Republicain · 19 replies · 1,003+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct 26, 2006 (AFP) - Multicultural policies in Europe have largely failed, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar said Thursday on the one-year anniversary of riots by ethnic minorities in France. "I believe that multiculturalism is a big failure," Aznar said, speaking at Georgetown University. "I'm against the idea of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism divides our societies, debilitates our societies, multiculturalism does not produce tolerance, nor integration." "And this is one of the reasons of the great failures in several European societies at this moment." Aznar, a pro-US conservative who led Spain from 1996 to 2004, emphasized that laws must...
  • Spain's former PM Anzar: “Why do we always have to say sorry (to Muslims) and they never do?”

    09/27/2006 9:30:59 PM PDT · by quesney · 27 replies · 1,014+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 9/25/06
    Published: 09/25/2006 12:00 AM (UAE) ASGHAR KHAN/Gulf News Jose Maria Aznar, former Spanish Prime Minister, says the West is constantly under attack from Muslims. Jose Maria Aznar, former Spanish prime minister, defended Pope Benedict XVI’s comments about Islam, saying on Friday the pontiff had no need to apologise and asking why Muslims never did. the Spanish media said yesterday. “Why do we always have to say sorry and they never do?” Aznar told a conference in Washington on “global threats” on Friday. On Saturday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was quoted as saying that more European leaders should have...
  • Aznar defends Pope's remarks

    09/27/2006 8:56:55 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Gulfnews.com ^ | Published: 09/25/2006 12:00 AM (UAE) | Agencies
    Aznar defends Pope's remarks. Agencies Madrid: Jose Maria Aznar, former Spanish prime minister, defended Pope Benedict XVI’s comments about Islam, saying on Friday the pontiff had no need to apologise and asking why Muslims never did. the Spanish media said yesterday. “Why do we always have to say sorry and they never do?” Aznar told a conference in Washington on “global threats” on Friday.
  • Aznar:“Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years”

    09/23/2006 1:04:40 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 83 replies · 2,199+ views
    eitb24.com ^ | 09/23/06 | eitb24.com
    FORMER SPANISH PRESIDENT Aznar:“Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years” 09/23/2006 Bush and his war on terror, said the West is under attack from radical Islam and must defend itself. “It is them or it is us,” Aznar said. “There is no middle ground.” Jose Maria AznarMuslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years and a U.N.-backed program to encourage dialogue between them and West is stupid, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has said. Aznar made his comments Friday night in a speech at the Hudson Institute, a thinktank in Washington, D.C., as he discussed...
  • Ex-Spanish premier calls on NATO to add Israel as member

    04/28/2006 6:02:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 425+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | April 28 2006 | Associated Press
    Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar called for far-reaching NATO reforms to combat Islamic extremism, including expansion of the alliance membership to include Israel, Japan and Australia. The appeal came in an article published Thursday. Writing for the Jerusalem Issue Brief series of the Jerusalem-based Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Aznar said "it is imperative to defend our values and way of life against a new threat: Islamic extremism and terrorism." The article was based on a presentation he made at the institute on March 16. To transform NATO from a military alliance against the now-extinct Eastern bloc into a...
  • The backpack that's still changing Spain’s history

    03/17/2006 6:11:12 AM PST · by The Ghost of JG · 4 replies · 732+ views
    Spero News ^ | Friday, March 17, 2006 | Robert Duncan
    In the immediate aftermath of the March 11 train bombings in Madrid a backpack was found. Inside the backpack was found an unexploded bomb. That backpack bomb was important in helping to link the Madrid bombings to al Qaeda, and subsequent arrests. Perhaps not surprisingly some people hint the backpack could have been planted.
  • The Choices Facing Europe

    12/16/2005 7:07:49 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 15 replies · 512+ views
    Hillsdale College ^ | December, 05 | José María Aznar
    Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, we are not living in the best of all possible worlds. We see violence, terror and fear nearly every day, thanks to 24-hour news coverage. We see poverty and hunger in too many places around the globe. We see acute crises sporadically breaking out between America and Europe. Moreover, we are seeing nature act up in ways unprecedented in modern times. But despite the Katrinas, Bin Ladens, and Atlantic tensions, I also have to say that we are not living in the worst of all possible worlds. In fact, I'm optimistic. Let me tell you...
  • The Truth About 3/11(This is no time to hand the terrorists a victory)

    07/07/2005 8:50:00 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 811+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/24/2004 | JOSE MARIA AZNAR
    On March 11, Spain suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history and one of the bloodiest the world has ever known. Terrorists planned their cowardly acts with the express purpose of killing as many people as possible, in order to sow terror and strike a mortal blow against our freedoms and rights. It was a day we felt an immense pain, pain we will never forget. But it was also a pain we must all learn from. Its lessons are simple. If we want to stop terrorists from murdering us and from dictating how we lead our lives, we...
  • European Snubs Europe (Jose Maria Aznar accuses E.U. of appeasement)

    07/06/2005 12:49:00 PM PDT · by anotherview · 16 replies · 931+ views
    The American Israelite (Cincinnati, OH) | 16 June 2005
    European Snubs Europe Spain's former prime minister admitted that Europe is an unreliable mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. "Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States," Jose Maria Aznar told the Jerusalem Post last week. "In Europe, Israel is not very popular, not only this (Sharon) government, all governments," he said. "Most Europeans support the Palestinian cause." Aznar, who was ousted last year amid public opposition to his commitmnet of Spanish forces to help the U.S.-led war in Iraq, is in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University....
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Statements ... Which Banalize The Holocaust

    06/17/2005 10:12:28 PM PDT · by TheDon · 12 replies · 585+ views
    Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Statements Made by Venezuelan President Which Banalize The Holocaust The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned statements made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who said, "Hitler was nothing compared to (former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria) Aznar." "Chavez' statements are an offense to the memory of millions of victims massacred by the Nazis," said Shimon Samuels (Director for International Liaison of the SWC) and Sergio Widder (Latin American Representative). "These kinds of comments are not the result of ignorance but an absolute contempt for the victims of the Nazi regime. Chavez' political culture, which allowed him to present...
  • Madrid massacre report to accuse Aznar of deception

    06/07/2005 11:48:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 388+ views
    Expatica ^ | 7 June 2005
    MADRID — Spain's governing Socialists, in a report to be presented in Congress tomorrow, claim their conservative predecessors manipulated information after the Madrid train bombings for political gain. That is among the conclusions of Socialist deputies who served on the parliamentary inquiry created to probe the causes and consequence of the attacks, which took place under the premiership of centre-right Jose Maria Aznar of the Popular Party. The more-than-400-page document will be formally presented on Wednesday in the lower house of Parliament. Besides criticism of the former government, the top Socialist on the investigative commission told EFE that the report...
  • Spain's ex-PM to Israel: Ignore Europe

    06/07/2005 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 529+ views
    JPost ^ | 06/06/05 | Herb Keinon
    Spain's ex-PM to Israel: Ignore Europe Herb Keinon, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 6, 2005 Israel need not pay much attention to Europe, which is using its Middle East policy to separate itself from the US, has a tendency toward appeasement and is largely pro-Palestinian, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar told The Jerusalem Post Monday. "Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States," Aznar said in an interview on the Bar-Ilan University campus. "Europeans don't like any problems. They prefer appeasement." The strongly pro-American Aznar, who bucked public sentiment...
  • Anzar to Israel: Ignore Europe

    06/07/2005 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Libertarian Jim · 19 replies · 840+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/6/05 | Herb Keinon
    Israel need not pay much attention to Europe, which is using its Middle East policy to separate itself from the US, has a tendency toward appeasement and is largely pro-Palestinian, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar told The Jerusalem Post Monday. "Europe likes appeasement very much; this is one of the most important differences between us and the States," Aznar said in an interview on the Bar-Ilan University campus. "Europeans don't like any problems. They prefer appeasement." The strongly pro-American Aznar, who bucked public sentiment in Spain and backed US President George W. Bush's war in Iraq, served as...
  • Wartime Politics

    06/02/2005 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 478+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 6/2/05 | Alan W. Dowd
    In a mocking echo of the “Deck of Death” that the US military used to track down Saddam Hussein’s regime leftovers after the liberation of Iraq, a March 2004 cover of The Economist laid out four “ace cards”: Britain’s Tony Blair, Australia’s John Howard, America’s George W. Bush and Spain’s Jose Maria Aznar. The freshly ousted Aznar had a red X emblazoned across his face. The stark, chilling headline asked, “One down, three to go?” At the time, it was perhaps a fair question. Recall that Spain had just been bombed and bullied into making a separate peace with terror....
  • Spain’s “Terrorgate”? ("El Mundo" newspaper voices some 'explosive' theories)

    05/18/2005 7:43:21 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 16 replies · 1,132+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 05/18/2005 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    It has long been understood that the Spanish socialists shamelessly exploited the March 11, 2004, terrorist attacks in Madrid’s train station for political advantage. They did so with palpable disregard for a frightening fact: The far-reaching geostrategic repercussions of that incident...gave those seeking similar results elsewhere every incentive to engage in violence against other democracies’ electoral processes. But what if the perpetrators were neither Islamofacists, as the winning socialists immediately asserted, nor the Basque terrorist organization known as ETA, as the government of José Maria Aznar initially (and fatally) assumed? On May 16, the Madrid daily El Mundo published a...
  • Ex-Spanish leader blasts Cuba, Venezuela ties

    03/16/2005 10:08:07 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 3 replies · 434+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Mar. 16, 2005 | Oscar Corral
    Former Spanish leader blasts his nation's coziness with Cuba, Venezuela Former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar said Wednesday that his country's government was practicing ''irresponsible'' foreign policy, citing the coziness Spain is fostering with Cuba and Venezuela. Aznar said that under his administration, Spain stood proudly with the two strongest democracies in the world, the United States and Great Britain. And now, he said, Spain stands with Cuba and Venezuela, countries he called bedfellows in exporting trouble throughout Latin America. Aznar made his statements in a meeting with the Herald's editorial board Wednesday morning. ''I was in Mexico last week,...
  • The View from Spain

    03/09/2005 11:53:18 AM PST · by FlyLow · 4 replies · 523+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-9-05 | Peter Brookes
    It's been almost a full year since Spanish voters rejected the chosen successor of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Aznar had cultivated a warm relationship with President Bush and committed troops to Iraq - and Spain went to the polls just days after a vicious terrorist strike. But Aznar's having no second thoughts about his policies or America's dominant role in the world. On the contrary, in a recent visit to The New York Post, Aznar said he sees American power as more important than ever, especially considering the independent, "soft power" foreign-policy agenda being pushed by Europe's dominant powers,...
  • JOSE MARIA AZNAR: A New Term for Freedom (We cannot leave America to defend liberty alone)

    01/20/2005 7:26:31 AM PST · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 745+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, January 20, 2005 | JOSE MARIA AZNAR
    The world is currently facing a number of very important challenges. Fighting terrorism and bringing democracy to the Middle East are priorities on the international agenda, whilst re-establishing strong and healthy relations between America and Europe -- and enhancing their ability to deter rogue regimes -- constitutes a no less urgent and essential task. It is evident that we must also support the forces of democracy against pre-dictatorial populism in Latin America. Finally, we must find an effective role for the United Nations, an organization that so far has proved itself incapable of reflecting upon its own actions and its...
  • Thatcher 'directly involved in coup'

    01/19/2005 9:01:50 PM PST · by indcons · 13 replies · 693+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 20, 2005 | David Leigh
    Troubles deepened for Lady Thatcher's disgraced son last night when a self-confessed coup plotter surfaced to accuse him of direct involvement in the attempt to overthrow the regime in Equatorial Guinea. Crause Steyl, the mercenary pilot who was to have been the star witness against Mark Thatcher had his trial in South Africa gone ahead, told Channel 4 News that Sir Mark's role had been kept secret, because "his mother was the previous prime minister of England". Mr Steyl described meeting Sir Mark to select a helicopter on which a gun could be mounted. He also alleged that the Spanish...
  • Spain did not give-in to terrorism: Zapatero

    12/17/2004 2:21:30 PM PST · by America's Resolve · 38 replies · 1,009+ views
    Expatica ^ | 13 December 2004 | Unattributed
    MADRID- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero blamed Islamic radicals linked to Al-Qaeda for the March 11 attacks that killed 191 people in Madrid and called for a cross-party pact against international terrorism. The socialist leader also hit out at the previous right-wing government of Jose Maria Aznar for trying to pin responsibility on the Basque separatist group ETA and wiping out evidence of its actions at the time of the attacks. And he slammed the United States for suggesting the outrage had cowed the Spanish people into ousting Aznar, Washington's strong ally in the war in Iraq, at...
  • Aznar Denies Madrid Bombs Were Linked to Iraq War

    11/29/2004 2:54:59 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 9 replies · 965+ views
    MADRID (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said Islamic militants tried to use the Madrid train bombings to oust the pro-U.S. ruling party from power in Spain, but not because of its support for the Iraq (news - web sites) war "These attacks were being prepared long before the Iraq war. They were not the result of the Iraq war even though many people said so," Aznar said during 11 hours of combative testimony on Monday to a parliamentary commission probing the attacks. The March 11 bombings aboard four packed commuter trains killed 191 people and wounded 1,900...
  • Bush Welcomes Spain's King to Texas Ranch

    11/24/2004 10:42:18 AM PST · by Tarpaulin · 67 replies · 1,913+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press
    CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush (news - web sites) welcomed Spain's king, Juan Carlos, to his Texas ranch Wednesday with a show of warm feelings in marked contrast to the chill in relations toward the prime minister of Spain. The king and his wife, Queen Sofia, arrived by helicopter at Bush's ranch in central Texas. The president drove his white pickup truck to the landing site, accompanied by his wife, Laura, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "Hola," the president said in greetings to journalists. Bush gave the king a hearty handshake and escorted him to the truck,...
  • Spanish PM Phones, Bush Doesn't Pick Up

    11/10/2004 7:02:40 PM PST · by I still care · 63 replies · 2,462+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Nov 10, 2004 | Associated Press via Fox
    WASHINGTON — The White House has put out word daily of calls flooding in from around the world to congratulate President Bush on his re-election victory. But somehow, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero just hasn't been able to get his call past the switchboard. Zapatero phoned Bush not long after his Nov. 2 win, but wasn't put through to the president. Now, more than a week after the voting, the two leaders still have not hooked up. The White House explanation signaled something of a cold shoulder toward the Spanish leader, who angered the administration by withdrawing troops...
  • The Triumph of Hope: Western leaders should join Mr. Bush and Allies in building a safer world

    11/04/2004 5:47:18 AM PST · by OESY · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2004 | JOSE MARIA AZNAR
    ...Mr. Bush's international strategy includes an active policy in favor of peace throughout the most dangerous region on Earth: the Middle East. He has promoted greater political openness and economic liberalization, not to mention values such as religious respect and tolerance. The status quo of a region that has become a hotbed for terrorists and fanatics is no longer acceptable.... I believe that Mr. Bush's re-election ushers in a period of hope for the international community. Leaders all around the world can also play their part in defending our democracies and way of life. We have another four years before...
  • Putin greets former Spanish PM in Moscow (Bush ally Aznar)

    10/20/2004 2:03:06 PM PDT · by Destro · 2 replies · 293+ views
    gateway2russia.com ^ | 20 October 2004 13:37 | RTR Russia TV, BBC Monitoring
    20 October 2004 13:37 Putin greets former Spanish PM in Moscow The foundations of Russian-Spanish relations which were laid years ago are opening prospects for their further development. This was the main theme of a meeting between [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. He occupied this post for eight years. The meeting took place in the Kremlin's Fireplace Hall. This was more of a private affair. Aznar has arrived in Moscow on a private visit. The president and the Spanish politician shook hands and embraced. They spoke English for a few minutes and then,...
  • WSJ: Australia's Iraq War

    09/27/2004 5:25:03 AM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 407+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 27, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Australians go to the polls next week to choose a new parliament and perhaps a new prime minister. John Howard, the current prime minister, is a staunch U.S. ally, one of the first national leaders, along with Britain's Tony Blair and Spain's José María Aznar, to send troops to fight alongside the Americans in Iraq. Mr. Howard's principal opponent, Labor's Mark Latham, has chosen to make Australia's participation in the multinational coalition in Iraq the main issue in his campaign. Following the lead of Spain's José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who defeated Mr. Aznar's party last spring after the terrible terrorist...
  • Spain's Ex-leader Blasts Castro

    09/26/2004 2:12:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 454+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/26/04 | AP
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Dozens of political prisoners in Cuba should be freed, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar said Friday at an international conference examining ways to support resistance to Fidel Castro's regime. Aznar said he was "not going to remain silent," while "in Cuba people are held prisoner simply because they have a different opinion from the official line." He addressed the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba, which opened a three-day meeting here Friday. The group aims to unite opponents of Castro's regime. Participants highlighted the case of Raúl Rivero, a jailed Cuban dissident journalist and...
  • We let our allies down, say Spanish troops back from Iraq

    05/12/2004 6:48:11 PM PDT · by NCjim · 52 replies · 836+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 13, 2004 | Isambard Wilkinson
    In the old military city of Badajoz the sound of drums and trumpets that welcomed Spanish troops home from Iraq had given way yesterday to a discontented silence among men who feel they have let down their allies. Senior army officers are guarded in their response to the decision of the socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, to withdraw soldiers from Iraq. But as a small contingent of Spanish troops prepares to remove the last vestiges of the country's 1,300-strong presence, there are whisperings of discontent from those now returned. The previous prime minister, José María Aznar, contrary to...
  • Appeasement Never Works-Many of us in Spain feel ashamed about our troop withdrawal from Iraq

    04/26/2004 5:28:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 197+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 4-26-04 | JOSE MARIA AZNAR
    The decision by the new Socialist government to pull out Spanish troops from Iraq is lawful. But it is also gravely irresponsible. It raises Spain's risks and worsens our foreign relations. It alienates us from our partners and allies and does not contribute to the foreign policy consensus that had been promised to us by the new government. It suggests also a lack of solidarity with the Iraqi people and is the best news possible for those who attacked Spain on March 11. Many of us in Spain feel ashamed about the withdrawal of our troops. And many more of...
  • Aznar warns of attack preceding U.S. election

    04/18/2004 11:27:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 26 replies · 155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/19/04 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Spain's former prime minister, whose party lost an election days after a terrorist bombing in Madrid, warned yesterday of a terrorist attack this fall before the U.S. presidential election, a possibility that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the White House is taking seriously.</p>
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 18 Apr 2004

    04/18/2004 5:08:31 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 543 replies · 2,785+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 18 Apr 2004 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, April 18th, 2004 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): National security adviser Condoleezza Rice; outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate. FACE THE NATION (CBS): National security adviser Condoleezza Rice. THIS WEEK (ABC): British Prime Minister Tony Blair; national security adviser Condoleezza Rice; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.; independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader; Sept. 11 commission...
  • Transcript: Jose Maria Aznar on 'Fox News Sunday'

    04/18/2004 10:16:19 AM PDT · by Reader of news · 12 replies · 118+ views
    FOX ^ | April 18, 2004. | CHRIS WALLACE
    <p>CHRIS WALLACE, HOST, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Jose Maria Aznar stepped down this week as prime minister of Spain. He was retiring after two terms in office. But his final days were controversial, with his decision to send 1,300 Spanish troops to Iraq and then the brutal terrorist attack of 3/11.</p>
  • Aznar will be adjunct professor in Georgetown

    04/05/2004 9:41:06 AM PDT · by Reader of news · 31 replies · 301+ views
    EL MUNDO ^ | 2004/04/05
    Spanish President Aznar will be auxiliar proffesor in Georgetown about European policies and Transatlantic relations. He received the Golden Medal of Georgetown in January. His courses will be held two times every six months.