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  • Spain Breaking Up Again? Catalonia seceding [5 separate nations, speaking at least 4 languages]

    12/04/2015 7:36:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2015 | Mike Konrad
    Spain is once again about to fall apart. This time it may have a real problem in Catalonia, the prosperous industrial province on its northeast Mediterranean coast. In November 2014, 80% of Catalonians polled favored independence in a non-binding election. The Spanish Constitutional Court ruled the plebiscite illegal; but the separatists did not give up. Elections this September 2015 have given Catalonia's autonomous region a separatist legislature, well over half being secessionist (72 - 63), though the popular vote for these particular parties was only 48%. They are seeking independence in 2017. The battle is on. Spain was and...
  • In Defense of Empire

    11/25/2015 9:21:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    A new political party of the center and right, Ciudadanos, has arisen in Catalonia -- and delivered an impressive performance at the polls in Spain's regional elections back in September. It's as if a Unionist party had arisen in Mississippi back in 1860 to declare its support for this country's unity and integrity. Would it had! Think of how welcome, indeed saving, its influence might have been. In that respect, Catalans are proving more farsighted than Southerners did as the Union broke apart. Today's secessionist fever in Europe represents a clear and more and more present danger not just to...
  • Secession: Spain is threatening to cut off its richest economic region

    11/07/2015 12:01:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/07/2015 | Don Quijones
    After winning a majority of seats (but not quite a majority of the vote) in September's plebiscite-style regional elections, Catalonia's pro-independence parties seem determined to untie the knot with Spain. Last week they announced a road map to independence, offering a declaration in the regional parliament to split Catalonia from Spain. The all-too predictable reaction of Madrid's central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial decisions affecting the autonomous...
  • Ban Ki-Moon Condemns The American Stand On Syria, Endorses Putin's

    11/01/2015 6:15:35 PM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | Eric Zuesse
    In an interview with Spanish newspapers that was published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from office, and Moon said: “The future of Assad must be determined by the Syrian people.” The U.N. Secretary General is here implicitly blaming all of this - lots of blood and misery - on U.S. President Obama, and on the “many Western countries” who ally with him and have joined with him in demanding regime-change in Syria. The position of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been, and is, to the...
  • Catalonia voters decide on push for independence from Spain

    09/27/2015 9:25:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09/27/2015 | Harold Heckle and Joseph Wilson
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Voters in Spain's Catalonia region cast ballots Sunday to decide if pro-secession parties will get a majority in the regional parliament and a mandate to push for independence or whether they will fall short in an outcome that would probably quell secessionist fervor for years. Secessionists have long pushed for an independence referendum, but Spain's central government refused to allow it - saying such a vote would be unconstitutional. So the pro-independence parties pitched the vote for regional parliamentary seats as a de facto plebiscite. "Today is a great win for democracy in Catalonia," said Artur...
  • Catalonia votes in key regional elections

    09/27/2015 10:13:41 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/27/15 | BBC
    Catalonia is voting in regional elections that nationalist parties hope will set them on the road to independence from Spain. Two separatist parties have joined forces, and are aiming to secure a majority of seats in parliament - 68 out of 135. They say this would allow them to unilaterally declare independence within 18 months. The central government in Madrid has pledged to block such moves in court. Polls suggest a majority of Catalans favour a referendum on independence but are evenly divided over whether they want to secede.
  • Catalonia to vote in fierce independence row with Spain

    09/25/2015 5:53:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | September 24, 2015 | Roland Lloyd Parry
    A bitter standoff dragging in everyone from politicians to footballers hits a climax Sunday when nationalists in Catalonia hope voters will back them to strike out for independence from Spain. Insults and threats have been flying between Barcelona and Madrid this week ahead of the regional election that Catalan nationalists have framed as a vote on whether to break away and create a new state in Europe.
  • Almost 1.5m people take part in Catalan [independence] march

    09/12/2015 6:59:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    RTE News ^ | 11 September 2015
    Some 1.4 million people have joined a march demanding independence for the Catalonia region from Spain, Barcelona city police said. Officials published the figure on Twitter after the demonstration, which marked the start of campaigning for a 27 September regional election billed by Catalan leaders as an indirect vote on independence. The city police force, which is controlled by city hall, estimated turnout at 1.4 million. Spanish government officials say half a million people are taking part in the march. Waving red and yellow Catalan flags, they marched down a major road into the city, yelling "Independence!" while some formed...
  • Animal rights activist beaten with duck in Spain

    08/20/2015 8:33:26 AM PDT · by plain talk · 68 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2015 | Yahoo News
    An animal rights activist was beaten with a duck by a Spanish woman defending one of the country's most bizarre and controversial festival traditions. The man was whacked with the bird while he filmed the annual "duck chase" in the Catalonian seaside town of Roses, where every August ducks are thrown into the Mediterranean and then caught and brought back to the shore by swimmers. "Continue, continue. Continue to abuse, I am filming you. A little bit of empathy for the animals. They also have a life, like your children or your family," the man who was filming can be...
  • 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 countrys 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. Spains Basque community has long asserted that it should be independent of the country, and...
  • Catalonia vows to defy Spain, hold secession vote

    11/05/2014 4:12:42 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/4/2014 | Lauren Frayer
    Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia vowed Tuesday to defy both the central government and the country's highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain. Hours earlier, Spain's Constitutional Court ordered Catalonia to freeze its plans for an independence vote, scheduled for Sunday. It was the second time the court issued an order siding with Madrid, which considers any Catalan independence vote illegal. But Catalan leaders said they would not back down. "Everything is all set for Nov. 9," Francesc Homs, a spokesman for the Catalan regional government, said at a news conference. "We...
  • Secession in Spain: 800 Towns in Catalonia Pledge Support for Independence Referendum

    10/06/2014 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds may be interested in the latest events in Europe on an otherwise slow news weekend. Via translation from El Singular, 800 Towns in Catalonia Openly Pledge Support for Independence Referendum. This morning, more than 800 mayors delivered to Catalan president Mas certificates in support of the November 9 referendum for Independence. The mayors represent 96% of the Catalan municipalities. A total of 920 councils who have so far voted in favor of N-9, but some mayors did not want to participate in the event. Since 1918 there has not been a similar concentration of mayors in Catalonia....
  • Catalonia's Scottish dreams on hold as top court postpones independence vote

    09/29/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/29/2014 | By Andrs Cala
    MADRID At first glance, Catalonia's face-off with Madrid over independence looks like it has much in common with the recent Scottish secessionist crisis, which panicked countries and markets alike. But the upcoming vote, which Spains highest court unanimously suspended after the Spanish government officially challenged it on Monday, shares little with Scotland's, other than the ultimate goal. The regional leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree Saturday setting Nov. 9 for the referendum. But, whenever the referendum might take place, the fundamental difference is that Catalonians are not being asked to decide whether to break away from Spain,...
  • The Difference Between Scotland And Catalonia (In 1 Cartoon)

    09/21/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Democracy...?Source: Cagle via Sunday Funnies
  • Moldova breakaway region urges Russia to recognise independence

    04/16/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Global Post ^ | 04/16/2014
    Lawmakers in Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Moscow and the United Nations to recognise its independence. Transdniestr, a strip of land bordering Ukraine, broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Some analysts suspect Russia is eyeing the territory, which consists mostly of Russian speakers, in the wake of last month's annexation of Crimea. The resolution adopted unanimously by Transdniestr's self-appointed parliament on Wednesday called on the international community to recognise the region as a "sovereign independent state". "According to the universally recognised norms of international...
  • Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency

    04/07/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"

    03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Scotland moving ever closer, Crimea having chosen their own path, and Venice overwhelmingly voting for secession from Italy, the Spanish government has put its foot down on the Catalonia's planned independence referendum. As Time reports, In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonias planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional. Of course, just as in Crimea, this is being ignored by the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy - who exclaimed "this will have no effect on the process."Via Time, ...In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonias planned independence referendum to...
  • Spain Says Catalonia Cant Vote for Independence, But Catalans Will Go Ahead Anyway

    03/27/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 03/26/2014 | Per Liljas
    In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonias planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional, but secessionists in the Spanish autonomous region (called a community in Spain) have vowed to proceed regardless. Although stifled under the yoke of the Franco dictatorship, Catalonia has long felt cultural and linguistic disctinction from the rest of Spain. In recent years, it developed into a powerhouse of the nations economy. However, amid the countrys financial crisis, Madrid has been urging national unity.
  • Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

    03/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2014 | By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME
    Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a referendum on independence from Italy. Inspired by Scotlands separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot. The proposed Repubblica Veneta would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 yearold democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into...
  • Crimea Vote Gets Attention of Europe's Other Secession Movements

    03/22/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/22/2014 | By MATT MOFFETT
    MADRIDWhen Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russiaunder the watchful gaze of Russian troopssome Spaniards viewed the drama through the lens of a conflict much closer to home. Spain's Foreign Minister Jos Manuel Garca-Margallo said "the parallelism is absolute" between Crimea and Catalonia, the wealthy industrial region that has scheduled a nonbinding referendum on independence from Spain for November. Sunday's referendum in Crimea and the one planned in Catalonia each violates its nation's constitution, Mr. Garcia-Margallo said Monday, and thus "by definition violates international law." Catalan officials ridiculed his attempt to tar Catalonia with the Crimean brush. Catalans...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • Who is right: Ron Paul or the Obama administration (on Crimean & E. Ukranian self-determination)?

    03/11/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    3/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Ron Paul has basically said that Crimea has the right to self-determination and by extension a right to an independence referendum vote. The Obama administration seems to be goading Europe (not that it would take that much) into agreeing with it that Crimea (and Eastern Ukraine) do not have the right to self-determination, and that Western powers will not accept a referendum vote in Crimea (or Eastern Ukraine for that matter) that leads to Crimea joining Russia, or becoming independent. Margeurite, yesterday, nailed it on the head, though, in a thread of mine: "The West cannot have it both ways....
  • EU commission: Catalonia must leave EU if it leaves Spain

    09/17/2013 9:45:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.09.2013 @ 09:12 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Catalonias bid for independence from Spain hit another obstacle after the European Commission said any breakaway territory would not be part of the EU. If one part of a territory of a member state decides to separate, the separated part isnt a member of the European Union, the European Commissions Spanish vice-president, Joaquin Almunia, said on Monday (16 September) at a conference in Barcelona, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  • Spain rejects referendum sought by separatists (Catalonia)

    09/16/2013 6:31:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 14, 2013 3:02 PM EDT
    Spains prime minister has rejected a request by the leader of Catalonia to approve a referendum that would allow the northeastern region to decide whether to secede from the rest of the country. Polls indicate about half of Catalonias 7.5 million inhabitants favor independence.
  • Exodus...Success Takes Flight

    09/14/2013 6:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2013 | Charles Payne
    On Wednesday, 1.5 million Catalonians formed a 250 mile human chain demanding independence. It was an amazing display of peaceful but harden resolve to finally break away from Spain which has more or less held the region hostage for centuries. While the roots for secession run deep into history, this is a movement that's really comes to life only recently. The reason is simple ... hard working people feel over-taxed, underrepresented and doomed in a system that rewards their neighbors for not working while taxing Catalonians. Protestors point out the region sends Madrid 16.0 billion more than it gets back...
  • Spain: Jihadists Threaten Catalonia over Burqa Ban

    09/14/2013 9:41:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | September 13, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    A jihadist group affiliated with Al Qaeda has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks in Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain that is home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe. The threats were issued by a group called "Africamuslima" in response to efforts by Catalonian lawmakers to increase surveillance of radical Salafists seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law in Spain and other parts of Europe. Catalonia -- a region of 7.5 million people centered on the Mediterranean city of Barcelona -- is home to the largest Muslim population in Spain. Most of the estimated 450,000 Muslims...
  • Catalan separatists side with UK against Spain (w.r.t. Gibraltar)

    08/14/2013 12:37:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:21am EDT | Sarah White
    One of the main pro-independence parties in Spains northerly Catalonia region has fueled the countrys growing row with Britain over Gibraltar after expressing sympathy with bullied residents in the British territory. The separatist Esquerra Republicana party (ERC), a junior coalition partner in the Catalan regional government, wrote to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo deploring the improper behavior of Spains central government. Tensions over the disputed British outpost on Spains southern tip rose in late July amid a spat over fishing rights and border controls and are now at their highest level in years. While Catalan support for Gibraltars position is...
  • Will Europe disintegrate? (Movements in Catalonia, Belgium and Scotland may only be the beginning)

    02/02/2013 1:46:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Despite a thousand years of history, the nation-states of Europe contain within them ethnic groups and nationalities who yearn for their own country. In some cases, the national and ethnic character of these minorities have been deliberately stifled. There has also been organized movements that have sprung up to fight for the national aspirations of the minorities. Next year, votes for independence will occur in Scotland and Spain's rich Catalonia region. Some analysts believe that success in either case may lead to other minorities to seek their own path to independence. From Reuters: __________________________ Some suspect the two campaigns will...
  • Spanish secessionism makes first move: Catalonia is a sovereign political and legal entity

    02/01/2013 8:41:34 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    MercoPress ^ | January 28, 2013
    Catalonia regional parliament has approved a declaration proclaiming the Catalan people a sovereign political and legal entity. The motion also calls for a referendum to be held to allow Catalans their say on independence. The motion was passed by 85 votes to 41. The ruling Convergencia I Union coalition was backed by its parliamentary partner Esquerra Republicana (ERC), and the communist green coalition ICV. The Partido Popular, most of the Catalan socialists (PSC) Party, and Ciutadans, a non-separatist platform, voted against. The growing separatist movement in wealthy Catalonia - which has its own language - presents a major challenge for...
  • Catalonia vote brings new test for struggling Spain

    11/25/2012 6:57:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/25/2012
    BARCELONA, Spain - Voters in Spain's Catalonia region began voting Sunday in an election whose outcome is likely to test Spanish unity at a time of deep economic crisis. Opinion polls show two-thirds of voters in this region on the French border will cast ballots for parties, both rightist and leftist, that want Catalan independence from Spain. Catalan President Artur Mas will likely win re-election since his conservative Convergence and Union party is forecast to take a majority, some 62 to 64 seats, in the 135-seat regional assembly, or Parliament. Frustration over high unemployment and a deep recession have fueled...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • Europes Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • Spanish protests swell as jobless march on Madrid

    07/21/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2012 | by Sarah White
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards who had walked hundreds of kilometres (miles) to Madrid joined protests on Saturday against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government and its handling of an economic crisis. Demonstrations have swollen across Spain since the centre-right government announced 65 billion euros in new spending cuts two weeks ago to cut its deficit and avert a full-blown bailout, with firefighters and police joining a mass protest on Thursday. Several hundred people journeyed on foot from the southern region of Andalucia, which has one of the worst unemployment rates in Spain, and from northern Catalonia and other areas...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Summer Triangle Over Catalonia

    08/10/2011 4:57:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 10, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Can you find the Summer Triangle? It's not hard to find this famous triangle of stars this time of year from northern locations. Just look straight up after sunset and find three of the brightest stars in the sky that nearly form a triangle. Then compare these stars to sky images like the one shown above, or hold up a smart phone running a good sky labelling application. The three stars that form the vertexes of the Summer Triangle are Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Pictured above is a 360 degree full sky projection framing not only the Summer Triangle...
  • Spanish region says adios to bullfighting

    07/28/2010 7:56:32 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies · 2+ views
    WAP via WP ^ | July 28, 2010 | JOSEPH WILSON and DANIEL WOOLLS
    BARCELONA, Spain -- Lawmakers in Catalonia outlawed bullfighting Wednesday, making it Spain's first major region to ban the deadly, centuries-old ballet between matador and beast after heated debate that pitted animal rights against a pillar of traditional culture. Cheers broke out in the local 135-seat legislature after the speaker announced the ban had passed 68-to-55 with nine abstentions. The ban will take effect in 2012 in the northeastern coastal region whose capital is Barcelona. Catalonia is a powerful, wealthy area with its own language and culture and a large degree of self-rule. Many in Spain have seen the pressure here...
  • Primate Fossil More Than 11 Million Years Old Discovered [Spain]

    04/22/2010 9:32:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 447+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 23, 2010 | FECYT via Eurekalert
    Catalan researchers have discovered in the rubbish dump of Can Mata in the Valles-Penedes basin (Catalonia) a new species of Pliopithecus primate, considered an extinct family of primitive Catarrhini primates (or "Old World monkeys"). The fragments of jaw and molars found in this large site demonstrate that Pliopithecus canmatensis belongs to this group, which includes the first Catarrhini that dispersed from Africa to Eurasia. Named Pliopithecus canmatensis, in honour of the place they were discovered in Catalonia, the new fossil species sheds light on the evolution of the superfamily of the Pliopithecoidea, primates that include various genera of basal Catarrhini,...
  • SPAIN: CATALONIA, ISLAMIC MORAL BRIGADES IMPOSE SHARIA LAW

    12/09/2009 10:31:56 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies · 1,774+ views
    Paola Del Vecchio ^ | 2009-12-08 | Paola Del Vecchio
    The reported capturing of a Muslim women in Reus (Tarragona) and the issuing of a stoning sentence for adultery by religious fanatics are a gauge of a phenomenon that has already appeared in Holland and France, and which is now taking root in Catalonia: the creation of Islamic "moral brigades" by fundamentalists, who claim the role of judges and police officers imposing a strict observance of Sharia, or Islamic law. The theatre of the incursions of these Islamic "moral patrols" are the rural towns where the mosques are controlled by Salafists, a fundamentalist sect of Islam, with a substantial presence...
  • Spain Rethinks Burning Effigies Of Muhammad

    10/04/2006 7:14:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 92 replies · 2,994+ views
    The Daily Telegraph... NY Sun ^ | October 3, 2006 | FIONA GOVAN
    Spanish villages are abandoning the centuries-old tradition of burning effigies of the Prophet Muhammad for fear of offending Muslims. The annual festivals...feature locals donning medieval costumes to re-enact battles between "Moors and Christians" during the Reconquista period. The fiestas celebrate events in 1492, when the Catholic kings of northern Spain defeated and expelled Islamic forces, ending more than 800 years of Moorish rule in the Iberian Peninsula. Traditionally the festivities have culminated with the burning of mannequins of the Mahoma, a figure based on the Prophet Muhammad, to represent the final defeat of Islam in the region.
  • Spain arrests top general

    01/10/2006 8:05:39 PM PST · by joan · 21 replies · 741+ views
    UPI ^ | January 9, 2006
    MADRID, Spain (UPI) -- Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono has ordered the arrest of the commander of the army after he suggested using military force against the region of Catalonia. Lt. Gen. Jose Mena Aguado was placed under house arrest over the weekend after he said that the military would step in if the government granted greater autonomy to the northern region. Mena said there would be 'serious consequences' to such a move, El Mundo newspaper reported Monday. In September, Catalan regional government approved a new statute referring to Catalonia as a country and gives the province greater control of...
  • ETA to Attack Tourists in Spain

    04/27/2004 4:14:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 216+ views
    IRIB News ^ | April 27, 2004
    ETA to Attack Tourists in Spain IRIB News 2004/04/27 Madrid- April 26 - The underground Basque separatist group Eta has threatened attacks against tourists in Spain, the daily La Razon reported Tuesday. Eta sent English language letters containing the threat to embassies in Madrid, including Germany, Austria and Belgium, the newspaper reported. The letters stated the countries would be responsible for what might happen to their citizens. The threat applied to all of spain except for the northeastern region of Catalonia, where eta has declared a ceasefire. Eta has staged more than 100 bombings in tourist resorts since 1979. Tourists...