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  • Basque Protesters Call For Independence Vote In Spain

    07/10/2015 12:38:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    IB Times ^ | 22 Feb 2015 | Aditya Tejas
    Thousands of people gathered in northern Spain on Sunday to demand a referendum vote for the independence of the country’s Basque region. Demonstrators holding long lengths of cloth formed human chains across several Basque cities, including the capital of Vitoria, Bilbao and San Sebastian. Many of the protesters wore the colors of the Basque flag -- red, white and green. The demonstration was organized by the pro-independence Gure Esku Dago ("It's in Our Hands") group, and was backed by several separatist parties and local figures. Spain’s Basque community has long asserted that it should be independent of the country, and...
  • Iceland Revokes Order to 'Kill Basques on Sight'

    05/15/2015 5:17:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Basques can now safely visit Iceland without the threat of being killed on sight. P In a small town on the western coast of Iceland last week, authorities finally revoked a 400-year-old order that allowed Basques to be killed on sight. For the last four centuries people hailing from the Basque Country could have been legally hunted down and killed had they dared to step foot in Iceland. But last week, authorities finally repealed an order issued 400 years ago that led to the massacre of 32 Basque whalers. It came about after three Basque whaling vessels entered a fjord...
  • Basque Country horses

    03/08/2006 11:24:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 421+ views
    Basque Research ^ | March 7, 2006 | Elhuyar Fundazioa
    417 animals were analysed in all: 147 pottokas, 163 Basque mountain ponies, 62 Jacas Navarras and 45 of the Burguete horse breed. Two of these breeds are heavy or given over to meat production (Jaca Navarra and Burguete); on the other hand, the other two are considered to be lightweight breeds... one can observe a gradient between the autochthonous breeds: the pottoka has had the least external influence and the Burguete breed the most... The results show that the four native breeds are related to each other; above all there are geographical relations: the pottoka with the Basque mountain pony...
  • UK leader: We are 'deeply sorry' for Bloody Sunday

    06/15/2010 1:39:06 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 104 replies · 420+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 15 June 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: British prime minister David Cameron apologized on behalf of his country Tuesday for the 1972 slaughter of 13 Catholic demonstrators in the Northern Ireland town of Londonderry, an outrage that became known as "Bloody Sunday." In a solemn statement to the British House of Commons, Cameron said that a mammoth, 12-year investigation into the killings left no doubt that the soldiers confronting crowds of Catholic demonstrators in Londonderry's hard-line Bogside district mowed down unarmed protesters without provocation. "What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong," Cameron said, as a crowd watching him from Londonderry...
  • "Progressive" Priests Reject Pope's Bishop Pick in Spain

    12/21/2009 2:03:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 518+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 12/21/2009 | Hilary White
    SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain, December 19, 2009 ( - The appointment of Bishop José Ignacio Munilla to the diocese of San Sebastian in northern Spain, has been repudiated in a letter signed by a majority of priests of the diocese. Since the rejection early in 2009 by the Austrian bishops conference of the pope's pick for bishop of Linz, some European bishops and priests have stepped up their defiance of papal wishes on appointments and Catholic teaching.  The letter said that Bishop Munilla is "not suitable" for the post and said the appointment would "discredit the ecclesiastical life of our diocese."...
  • Suspected ETA militants charged in France

    10/24/2009 11:24:47 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies · 216+ views
    France24 ^ | 24 October 2009 | Staff
    AFP - Two suspected ETA militants arrested in France earlier this week have been charged with conspiracy to collaborate with a terrorist organisation, a legal official said Saturday. Police apprehended 30-year-old Aitor Elizaran in a car park at the wheel of a stolen car in the Brittany seaside town of Carnac on October 19, along with a woman suspect, 32-year-old Oihana Sanvicente. Both were carrying loaded weapons at the time and have also been charged with firearms offences, possession of false documents, and car theft, the official said. The pair had been renting a studio at the holiday resort where...
  • Basque separatist leader, 8 others arrested: sources

    10/13/2009 6:15:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 199+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/13/09 | AFP
    SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AFP) – Police in Spain's northern Basque Country arrested an ex-leader of Batasuna, the banned political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, and eight other militants accused of seeking to rebuild the party, judicial and police sources said. Former Batasuna spokesman Arnaldo Otegi was held in the city of San Sebastian along with a top union leader and three other Basque militants suspected of having tried to "reform the leadership of Batasuna on the instructions of ETA," a judicial source said. The interior ministry said later that four other "leaders of the independentist left" had been...
  • France arrests top ETA leader: Spanish radio

    04/18/2009 5:34:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 409+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/09 | AFP
    MADRID (AFP) – Security forces in France on Saturday arrested the suspected military chief of ETA, the third top leader of the Basque separatist organisation to be captured in the last six months, Spanish national radio said. Jurdan Martitegi was detained along with two other ETA suspects in the vicinity of the southern French city of Perpignan in an operation carried out in cooperation with Spanish security forces, the radio said, quoting anti-terrorist sources. The French interior ministry said three ETA suspects were arrested in the village of Montauriol, but it did not identify them. Spanish news reports said Martitegi...
  • Finds that made Basques proud are fake, say experts

    11/28/2008 9:06:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 520+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday November 24, 2008 | Giles Tremlett
    For traditional Basques the pictures, symbols and words found scraped onto pieces of third century pottery dug up near the town of Nanclares, in northern Spain, included miraculous evidence that their unique language of Euskara was far older than ever thought. Eighteen months ago the dig's director, Eliseo Gil, claimed that some finds at the Roman town known as Veleia were on par with those at Pompeii or Rome itself. Basque nationalists bristled with pride... Now a committee of experts has revealed those jewels to be fakes... The hunt is on for an archeological fraudster who defaced fragments of third...
  • In Search Of The Lost Sahara

    05/18/2008 6:59:59 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 210+ views ^ | 5-15-2008
    In search of the lost Sahara 05/15/2008 A team of Basque and Sahrawi archaeologists is making the first catalogue of the prehistoric heritage of the Western Sahara. Archaeologists doing some research. Photo: EiTBThe region of Tiris, a vast desert area south of Western Sahara, is the work field of the Basque-Sahrawi expedirion researching the past of this inhospitable place of the planet. A team of Basque archaeologists led by Andoni Sáenz de Buruaga, a professor at the Basque public university UPV, is visiting the Western Sahara for a fifth time. "We presented our research project to the Sahrawi Government in...
  • Somalia - Spanish fishing boat captured by pirates, crew of 26 held captive

    04/20/2008 3:10:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 167+ views
    El Pais (Madrid) ^ | April 20, 2008
    via translation - The boat tuna freezer basque Bakio Beach this Sunday has been assaulted by pirates while fishing seems to be "off the coast of Somalia, has informed the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Basque Government, which has ensured that the pirates have taken control of the boat. Apparently, according to this source, the pirates had attacked the ship with rocket-propelled grenades Spanish, although there have been no injuries among the crew of fishing. A total of 26 people make up the crew of Bakio Beach: 13 of African descent and 13 Spanish origin -5 them...
  • AQncient DNA: Reconstruction Of The Biological History Of Aldaieta Necropolis (Basque)

    04/09/2008 2:26:17 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 177+ views
    Basque Research ^ | 4-7-2008 | University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
    Ancient DNA: reconstruction of the biological history of Aldaieta necropolis A research team from the Department of Genetics, Physical Anthropology & Animal Physiology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Leioa campus of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and led by Ms Concepción de la Rúa, has reconstructed the history of the evolution of human population and answered questions about history, using DNA extracted from skeleton remains. Knowing the history of past populations and answering unresolved questions about them is highly interesting, more so when the information is obtained from the extraction of genetic material from...
  • Strategy of Tension: ETA Murders Again Two Days Before the National Elections

    03/07/2008 5:08:28 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 7 replies · 611+ views
    EL MUNDO newspaper ^ | 7 March 2008 | J Aguilar
    Isaías Carrasco, 42, former Socialist councilor, has been murdered half an hour ago in the Basque region, before his wife and daughter. Spain will hold next Sunday the first National elections after 3/11.
  • ETA suspects arrested at "bomb factory"

    09/01/2007 4:02:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 535+ views
    ETA suspects arrested at "bomb factory" Police arrested four suspected Basque separatist guerrillas in southern France in what they have described as a "bomb factory" where a car bomb was apparently being prepared. At least two of those detained - three men and a woman - are said to be leading ETA militants. Special forces raided the house near the French town of Cahors after a joint intelligence operation between Paris and Madrid. Police say all four people arrested were armed but surrendered immediately. The Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said one of the group was one of ETA's...
  • A job for Don Quixote

    04/09/2007 8:42:34 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 1 replies · 332+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2007 | Suzanne Fields
    MADRID -- When most Americans hear the word Basque they think "terrorist." It's not quite fair, but that's what many Spaniards think, too. Most Spaniards -- large majorities, by the polls -- blame not only the bombers, but the prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as well for his coddling the terrorists.. A terrorist organization called Basque Fatherland and Liberty, or ETA for short, took responsibility for the car bomb. ETA is often compared to the Irish Republican Army, but the comparison is not exact. What the two organizations have held in common is their ability to kill without conscience....
  • A United Kingdom? Maybe

    03/05/2007 7:44:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,300+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Britain and Ireland are so thoroughly divided in their histories that there is no single word to refer to the inhabitants of both islands. Historians teach that they are mostly descended from different peoples: the Irish from the Celts and the English from the Anglo-Saxons who invaded from northern Europe and drove the Celts to the country’s western and northern fringes. But geneticists who have tested DNA throughout the British Isles are edging toward a different conclusion. Many are struck by the overall genetic similarities, leading some to claim that both Britain and Ireland have been inhabited for thousands of...
  • BBC: Madrid blast 'ends Eta ceasefire' (the Spanish government has announced)

    12/30/2006 7:51:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1,073+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2006, 13:38 GMT | BBC Staff
    Madrid blast 'ends Eta ceasefire' The government says Eta has ended the ceasefire Basque separatist group Eta have carried out a car bomb attack at a Madrid airport ending a ceasefire, the Spanish government has announced.At least four people were injured in the blast in the car park of terminal four at Barajas Airport. "It is an attack which breaks nine months without violent actions by Eta," said Spain's interior minister. He said the prime minister would stress later that "violence and dialogue are incompatible in democracy". Officials said Eta had made a call to claim the attack -...
  • Media averts eyes from huge Spanish demonstration

    06/12/2006 12:34:42 PM PDT · by JohnLongIsland · 17 replies · 1,122+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 12th, 2006 | Thomas Lifson
    Something between 200,000 and one million people took to the streets of Madrid (see photo) for a demonstration against appeasement of terrorists. The ETA Basque terrorists, who are to enter talks with the government were the proximate cause. But also the Muslim terrorists who dream of reconquista - re-claiming Spain for the Dar al Islam. Speakers and many in the chanting crowd denounced PM Zapatero, who unexpectedly won Spain for the Socialists in the wake of the Madrid terror bombing and who now proposes to negotiate with the ETA thugs. The crowd was apparently chanting against both forms of appeasement.
  • Third Century Roman Inscriptions Discovered In Basque Country

    06/08/2006 12:51:09 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 2,807+ views
    eitb24 ^ | 6-8-2006
    Third century Roman inscriptions discovered in the Basque Country 06/08/2006 Archaeologists in the site of Iruña-Veleia have discovered an epigraphic set "among the most important of the Roman world" with drawings from the third century and a representation of a Calvary. Archaeological site in Iruña-Veleia Archaeologists in the site of Iruña-Veleia have discovered an epigraphic set "among the most important of the Roman world," with a series of 270 inscriptions and drawings from the 3rd century and a representation of a Calvary, "the most ancient known up to this moment." The managers of the archaeological site, located near the Alavan...
  • The stone-age Basque language remains mystery to scientists

    06/01/2006 11:51:18 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 80 replies · 2,575+ views
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | 01 June 2006 | Sinikka Tarvainen
    San Sebastian, Spain - No frontier marks the entrance to Spain's Basque region, but the traveller passing by quaint villages on green hillsides has a clear sense of entering a distinct territory. It is not just the Basque flags here and there. It is, above all, the signs in a strange language unlike any other in the world. A travel bureau, for instance, is marked 'bidaiak.' An ice-cream shop has a sign saying 'izozkiak.' A police station is marked 'ertzainza', and an office of the Basque regional government is called 'eusko jaurlaritza.' Scientists remain puzzled by the Basque people of...
  • Basque Group (ETA) Ends Movement with Cease Fire

    03/22/2006 10:36:29 AM PST · by Clemenza · 5 replies · 500+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/22/06 | AP
    VITORIA, Spain - The Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire Wednesday, ending a decades-long campaign of violence and closing the door on one of Western Europe's last active armed separatist movements. The news prompted quiet jubilation in Spain, which has endured more than 800 deaths and $15.5 billion in economic damage since the 1960s as part of the group's campaign to carve out an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwest France. In a video statement, ETA said it "has decided to declare a permanent cease fire as of March 24, 2006."
  • Jewel Of The Magalenian Period (15,500 YO Necklace/Pendants, Basque Country)

    10/04/2005 11:56:05 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 1,065+ views
    Berria ^ | 10-4-2005 | Mikel Lizarralde
    Jewel of the Magdalenian period A necklace and pendants made 15,500 years ago have been discovered in the Praile I cave; it is the most important Upper Paleolithic find in the Basque Country in recent years Mikel Lizarralde – DONOSTIA (San Sebastian) A Magdalenian treasure of the Upper Paleolithic has lain hidden for the last 15,500 years in the Praile I cave in Deba (Gipuzkoa). Excavations done over the last few years by a team led by the archaeologist Xabier Peñalver of the Aranzadi Society of Sciences have uncovered spectacular jewellery. Four stunning necklaces of smooth black stone, another one...
  • Spain - ETA continues to extort Basque businesses (Terrorists demand "revolutionary tax")

    09/03/2005 10:43:59 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 342+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | September 3, 2005
    Bilbao, Spain, Sep 3 (EFE).- The terrorist organization ETA has sent a new batch of letters to businesses in Spain's Basque region demanding payment of a "revolutionary tax," local newspapers reported Saturday. Some of the recipients own small businesses that had previously not been the object of ETA extortion attempts. Security forces have also seen flyers stamped with the ETA acronym in the Basque city of San Sebastian calling for a boycott of Basque companies that refuse to pay protection money. A document discovered by Spanish police in July listed the names of dozens of targeted businesses in the...
  • Spain - ETA warns of bomb in Franco's burial place near Madrid

    05/28/2005 3:08:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 518+ views
    Reuters | May 28, 2005
  • Car Bomb Explodes in Madrid; 18 Injured (ETA)

    05/25/2005 6:34:59 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 5/25/2005 | Daniel Woolls
    Car Bomb Explodes in Madrid; 18 Injured By DANIEL WOOLLS, Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain - A powerful car bomb exploded in Madrid Wednesday after a warning call from the armed Basque separatist group ETA, police said, in the latest of a string of attacks since Spain's prime minister offered talks with the group if it renounces violence. Eighteen people were slightly injured, said Beatriz Martin, the city's emergency medical department spokeswoman. The explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. in a working-class district north of the Spanish capital. Police cordoned off the area where the bomb went off after an anonymous...
  • Spain - Strong explosion outside Congress Palace in Madrid

    02/09/2005 1:01:43 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 63 replies · 3,420+ views
    El Pais via Babelfish ^ | February 9, 2005
    Hard explosion next to the Palace of Congresses of Madrid A strong explosion has registered this morning next to the Palace of Congresses of Madrid. According to eyewitnesses, a car is destroyed in the Avenue of the $andes. The police and cash of the SAMUR are moving to the place of the facts and the buildings of the zone are being evacuated. The place of the outbreak is to few meters of IFEMA, where this late ARC with the attendance of the Kings and the president of Mexico is inaugurated, Vicente Fox.
  • Spain politics: A constitutional crisis?

    02/04/2005 7:15:50 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 7 replies · 422+ views
    On February 1st the Spanish parliament debated—and rejected—a proposal to allow the country's three Basque provinces to secede from Spain. Given that more than 90% of parliamentarians are opposed to the plan, which was put forward by the president of the Basque region, Juan José Ibarretxe, the result was a foregone conclusion. However, with the regional government of the Basque Country considering holding a referendum on the plan in the months ahead, the threat of a major constitutional crisis will hang heavy over Spain this year. The Basque regional parliament took a step closer to precipitating a clash with the...
  • Spain Attacked from the right

    02/02/2005 1:47:36 PM PST · by Alex Marko · 11 replies · 643+ views
    Protesters rough up Spain's macho defence minister SPAIN'S defence minister, José Bono, likes to wrap himself in the national flag. He is less used to being struck by one, as he was at a protest last weekend staged by the Association of Victims of Terrorism in Madrid. The 35,000-strong rally was called to commemorate all victims of terrorism, including those killed in the March 11th Madrid train bombings. But the protesters' bigger target was the Basque terrorist group, ETA. And the attack on Mr Bono was the work of right-wing thugs. What Mr Bono, a devout Catholic and patriot who...
  • Basque leader addresses Spain MPs (Terror posing as politics)

    02/01/2005 2:31:34 PM PST · by Cornpone · 17 replies · 326+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 1 Feb 2005 | BBC World Report
    The leader of the Basque regional government has addressed the Spanish parliament in Madrid, proposing more independence for his homeland. Juan Jose Ibarretxe opened his speech in the Basque language, before continuing in Spanish. But his proposals for a separate judiciary, financial system and citizenship were dismissed by the Spanish prime minister and other MPs. The autonomy plan is expected to be overwhelmingly rejected in a vote. Mr Ibarretxe began his address in Basque, breaking the parliament's ground rules, which say all discussions must be in Spanish. 'Free state' "I have come to the Spanish parliament to defend the right...
  • Zapatero's provocative weakness

    12/31/2004 9:51:33 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 268+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 31, 2004 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    One would like to think of Spain's repulsive Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as just an unpleasant byproduct of last March's terrible terrorist attacks on Madrid commuter trains. Zapatero's only there because Spain's traumatized voters temporarily lost their senses in an election held just days after huge terror attacks and unexpectedly voted him in. But he's rapidly shaping up as something more nefarious than merely Jacques Chirac's faithful poodle. Politics are taking some strange disorienting directions in Spain now as a result of Zapatero's radical leftist government. Thursday, Spain's Basque Parliament voted 39-35 to scale back ties to Madrid,...
  • 4 Explosions Reported in Madrid

    12/03/2004 9:57:21 AM PST · by AndyStevenson · 97 replies · 8,198+ views
    The Cable news networks are reporting 4 explosions that just happened in Madrid, after apparent Basque threats this morning
  • Madrid Attacked...All reporting...none confirming

    12/03/2004 10:02:48 AM PST · by CJR812 · 91 replies · 5,674+ views
    This looks like a merger of ETA and Al Qaeda to me
  • Burushaski

    11/06/2004 10:34:09 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 10 replies · 427+ views
    Burushaski is a language spoken in northern Pakistan and Kashmir. It is spoken by 40,000 to 50,000 people. It has no known relatives and some believe it maybe a remnant of a prehistoric language. Burushaski is like Ainu and Basque, language isolate with no known relatives. Language Museum Burushaski: An Extraordinary Language in the Karakoram MountainsWikipedia-Burushaski
  • The Relationship Between The Basque And Ainu

    06/25/2004 3:44:16 PM PDT · by blam · 90 replies · 11,728+ views
    High Speed Plus ^ | 1996 | Edo Nyland
    THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BASQUE AND AINU INTRODUCTION The language of the Ainu bear-worshippers of Northern Japan has generally been considered a language-isolate, supposedly being unlike any other language on earth. A few researchers noticed a relationship with languages in south-east Asia, others saw similarity with the Ostiak and Uralic languages of northern Siberia. The Ainu look like Caucasian people, they have white skin, their hair is wavy and thick, their heads are mesocephalic (round) and a few have grey or blue eyes. However, their blood types are more like the Mongolian people, possibly through many millennia of intermixing. The Ainu...
  • France; Police Find Alleged Basque Weapons Plant

    04/04/2004 9:32:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 126+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 04, 2004 at 20:20:57 PDT | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAYONNE, France (AP) - Police on Sunday raided a building in the Pyrenees mountains that Spain called a major arms factory for the Basque separatist group ETA. The raid in the French village of Saint-Michel, close to the border with Spain, follows the capture Friday of three key ETA members in southwestern France, including its logistics chief and a former leader of the group. Spanish officials have said recently that ETA is against the ropes, and point out that just three people were killed in its attacks last year, compared to 23 in 2000 and 15 in 2001. The workshop...
  • Where Are the Apologies?

    03/31/2004 6:47:44 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 6 replies · 144+ views
    Roman Forum ^ | March 2004
    "Ferocious pride is the real spirit of the Revolution. This pride has so established itself in the world that it has exiled reason. It has a horror of reason. It gags it. It hunts it. And if it can kill it, it kills it. Prove to it the divinity of Christianity, its intellectual and philosophical reality, its historical dimension, its moral and social dimension. It wants none of it. That is its 'reason,' and it is the strongest one. It has placed a blindfold of impenetrable sophisms on the face of European civilization. It cannot see the heavens or hear...
  • ETA, new Spanish PM ponder truce

    03/23/2004 6:45:53 PM PST · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 168+ views
    TheStar ^ | 03/23/04 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ETA, new Spanish PM ponder truce ASSOCIATED PRESS MADRID, Spain — The Basque separatist group ETA, initially suspected in the Madrid terrorist attacks, today appeared ready to announce a unilateral ceasefire designed to win political concessions for the region in northern Spain. ETA issued a statement over the weekend proposing dialogue with the incoming Socialist government. Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose victory in this month's elections stemmed in part from anger over the terrorist attacks in Madrid, said ETA must first abandon violence. One of ETA's founders said late Monday he expected the group soon would satisfy that...
  • French Basques Raid U.S. Iraq Administrator's (Paul Bremmer's) Home

    03/18/2004 12:43:22 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 81 replies · 333+ views
    SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France (Reuters) - A group of French Basques Thursday stormed the grounds of the holiday home of Paul Bremer, the U.S. chief administrator in Iraq (news - web sites), to protest against the American-led invasion of the country.   Around 15 members of the left-wing Basque nationalist movement Abertzaleen Batasuna (AB) clambered over the gates and let off fireworks and firecrackers during a 20-minute raid on Bremer's residence in this southwestern town. "We wanted to symbolize the war the United States imposed on the Iraqi people," said a spokesman for the group who did not want to be identified....
  • Saying 'Terrorism is Terrorism,' Rice Pledges Support to Spain

    03/14/2004 5:30:29 PM PST · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 257+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 14, 2004 | By Rudi Williams
    It isn't clear who was behind the brutal attack in Spain that killed 200 and wounded more than 1,400 people, but National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said today that in the global war on terrorism, this is just more evidence of the lengths to which terrorists will go to try to intimidate free people. In an appearance today on NBC's "Meet the Press" with commentator Tim Russert, Rice said Spanish authorities still suspect the Basque terrorist group ETA in the bombings, but acknowledge it might have been foreign terrorists such as al Qaeda. "We have offered to do everything that...
  • Spain Mourns Bomb Victims on Election Eve

    03/13/2004 10:29:55 AM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies · 192+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/13/04 | CIARAN GILES
    MADRID, Spain - Police hunted Saturday for three men seen clad in ski masks carrying backpacks toward trains that were bombed in Spain's worst terrorist attack, while grieving relatives began burying some of the 200 dead. Uncertainty about who carried out the bombings left Spaniards perplexed ahead of parliamentary elections Sunday. So far, autopsies of the dead show no evidence of suicide bombings, Spain's interior minister said, suggesting that Islamic terrorists who use such tactics might not have been involved. Angel Acebes told a news conference that the Basque separatist group ETA was still the No. 1 suspect in Thursday's...
  • Spain: New Basque group threatens "colonies" [Pravda, from 9-14-02]

    03/12/2004 4:57:08 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 125+ views
    Pravda ^ | 9-14-02 | Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
    The new Basque militant group Euskal Borroka promises to expel Spaniards from territories that "are not theirs." The motto is The Basque country is for the Basques. Euskal Borroka means "Basque fight" and this new group appears to be one of the most militant, if not the most, to have appeared in recent years. The new group speaks in terms of "ethnic cleansing", sending the non-Basques out of the Basque country to Spain. In a letter addressed to councillors of the Partido Popular (PP, government), Euskal Borroka invited the "colony inhabitants of the municipalities" to voluntarily leave the Basque country...
  • How Do You Say "The Threat Of Terrorism Has Been Exaggerated" In Spanish? [Madrid Train Photos]

    03/11/2004 4:58:25 PM PST · by Hon · 37 replies · 844+ views ^ | March 11, 2004 | Staff
    Photos from deadly train attacks in Spain 05:26 PM MST on Thursday, March 11, 2004 Compiled by Staff Here's a collection of Associated Press photographs from Thursday's deadly explosions in Madrid, Spain.Click on any image below to enlarge the picture for viewing. Rescue workers remove a victim from a train at Atocha train station following a blast there, after explosions rocked three stations in Madrid Thursday, March 11, 2004, just three days before Spain's general elections. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Rescue workers collect the bodies of victims of an explosion at the Atocha train station, after explosions rocked three train...
  • The Mosque to Commerce: bin Laden's Special Complaint with the WTC

    12/29/2001 9:07:20 AM PST · by Asclepius · 8 replies · 404+ views
    Slate ^ | Friday, December 28, 2001, at 8:58 AM PT | Laurie Kerr
    We all know the basic reasons why Osama Bin Laden chose to attack the World Trade Center, out of all the buildings in New York. Its towers were the two tallest in the city, synonymous with its skyline. They were richly stocked with potential victims. And as the complex's name declared, it was designed to be a center of American and global commerce. But Bin Laden may have had another, more personal motivation. The World Trade Center's architect, Minoru Yamasaki, was a favorite designer of the Binladin family's patrons?the Saudi royal family?and a leading practitioner of an architectural style that ...
  • (Update) Death toll rises to 182 after Madrid blasts

    03/11/2004 8:59:11 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 42 replies · 329+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/04
    MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) - The death toll rose to 182 from a series of explosions that ripped through crowded passenger trains during the rush-hour in Madrid on Thursday, Madrid regional officials said. Some 900 were wounded, officials said. Officials had previously put the death toll at 173. Authorities blamed the attacks on Basque separatist group ETA, which is listed as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.
  • Is Europe's 3/11 America's 9/11? (Must Read)

    03/11/2004 9:25:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 125 replies · 348+ views
    The Times of India ^ | THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004 | RASHMEE Z. AHMED
    LONDON: As four powerful bombs bloodied the Spanish capital Madrid killing 173, in Europe’s deadliest act of terror after the Lockerbie bombings, major European capitals have begun to wonder if 3/11 - the 11th day of the third month – is meant to be the Old World’s 9/11? As news filtered in that 13 bombs were meant to go off together in one of Europe’s most historic and vibrant capitals, Britain significantly declared it to be "an assault on the very principle of European democracy". Spain goes to the polls on Sunday. Some of Europe’s leading terrorism experts agreed the...
  • Spain - At least one explosion at Madrid train station [186 dead, over 1000 wounded, graphic photos]

    03/10/2004 11:15:39 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 549 replies · 4,843+ views
    Associated Press | March 10, 2004
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- At least one explosion rocked a Madrid train station Thursday, news reports and witnesses said. Police cars raced to the Atocha station after the early morning explosion. An Associated Press reporter saw a woman with a bloodied face outside the station. Medics were seen treating at least three people. People living near the station said they heard at least two blasts. MORE...
  • Spanish police stop explosives-laden van

    02/29/2004 6:40:03 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | Februari 29 2004 | Reuters
    Spanish police have intercepted a van carrying more than 500 kilograms of explosives, which they believe Basque separatist guerrilla group ETA planned to use for a devastating attack in Madrid, officials said. The police operation, which Interior Minister Angel Acebes said averted a possible "massacre" in the Spanish capital, came two weeks before a general election and 11 days after ETA declared a partial ceasefire limited to the north-eastern region of Catalonia. Mr Acebes said the van, which carried a timing device, would have been used as a truck bomb. It was one of the biggest loads of explosives ETA...
  • Massive Basque bomb attack averted

    12/25/2003 7:14:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 134+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 26 2003 | AFP
    Spanish police said they narrowly averted a Basque separatist plot to dynamite a train in a Madrid railway station yesterday as its platforms were crowded with hundreds of people travelling to join their families for Christmas. One massive bomb was already aboard the Irun-Madrid intercity express and timed to explode within minutes of the train's arrival. Interior Minister Angel Acebes said police arrested one bomber, Garikoitz Arruarte, as he was about to board the train in San Sebastian carrying a second bomb in a suitcase. After he was questioned, police evacuated the Irun-Madrid train at the central Spanish city of...
  • U.S., British Warn Expatriates of Threats

    12/24/2003 8:18:44 AM PST · by TexKat · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/24/03 | LOUIS MEIXLER
    ANKARA, Turkey - New evidence emerged that terrorists may be planning attacks at Western targets in Turkey during the holidays, according to a police document, while Americans living abroad were warned to keep a low profile. The threats Tuesday of new attacks followed Sunday's decision by the Bush administration to raise the terror alert level to orange on new fears that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror group could stage a major attack soon at home or abroad. Based partly on information from British and Israeli intelligence, the Bush administration suspects terrorists are eyeing Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Bahrain, Yemen and...
  • Spanish Police Foil Train Bomb Attack in Madrid

    12/24/2003 7:40:09 AM PST · by knak · 7 replies · 741+ views
    reuters ^ | 12/24/03
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have foiled an attempt by suspected Basque separatists to blow up a train in a main Madrid station on Christmas Eve Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, the interior minister said. Minister Angel Acebes said police detained one person after he loaded a suitcase packed with more than 44 pounds of explosives on a train in the northern city of San Sebastian bound for Madrid. The explosives were set to go off at 3:55 p.m., after the train arrived in Spanish capital, he said. Acebes said a second person was detained...