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  • US intelligence warned Spain of planned Barcelona attack in May, report claims

    08/31/2017 4:38:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 31 August 2017 11:24 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    US security agencies warned Spain in May that the Islamic State group was planning an attack in Barcelona, where the jihadists claimed a deadly van rampage earlier this month, local media said Thursday. The daily El Periodico de Cataluna reported that the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) alerted Spanish intelligence officers to the threat weeks before a man ploughed his vehicle into crowds of tourists along Barcelona’s Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, killing 14 people. “Unsubstantiated information of unknown veracity from late May 2017 indicted that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (IS) was planning to conducted unspecified...
  • Barcelona Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Leave Spain: 'This Place Is Lost'

    08/18/2017 9:34:48 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Aug 18, 2017
    Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said that his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and authorities’ alleged reluctance to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been encouraging his congregants to leave Spain, which he called during an interview with JTA a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe,” for years before the attacks Thursday and Friday, he said. At least 13 victims and five suspected terrorists were killed in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils, 75 miles south of the city.(Snip)Part of the problem exposed by the...
  • 'Four jihadis killed and several people injured' as gunfire erupts (TR)

    08/17/2017 5:56:31 PM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/17/2017 | DAVE BURKE and ABE HAWKEN
    Four terror suspects have been killed and one injured in a shootout 70 miles from Barcelona as police carried out an operation linked to yesterday's massacre, which claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured. Video footage shows armed officers running down a street in the coastal town of Cambrils, to the south of the Catalan city, shortly after midnight. Bodies were strewn across the ground and it is unclear whether they were the gunmen or innocent victims caught up in the second terror attack to hit Spain in less than 24 hours. Police said they are treating the...
  • Van hits crowd in 'massive crash' in Barcelona

    08/17/2017 8:40:05 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 125 replies
    Sky News ^ | 17 August 2017
    A van has been involved in a "massive crash" in the city centre of Barcelona, with "several" injured. Police said a white van mounted the pavement and struck several people. Pictures from the scene show emergency services and civilians attending to at least two people on the ground. The Ministry of the Interior said on Twitter: "There has just been a massive trampling on the Ramblas in Barcelona by a person with a van. There are injured."
  • In Spain, Catalonian Defiance Challenges Europe: Catalans will not submit to judiciary

    07/16/2017 7:05:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/16/2017 | Mike Konad
    In Spain, Catalonia is now in open rebellion against Madrid. While most Americans are unaware of what is going on, this crisis has a lot to tell us about Europe, and about ourselves. [At] the National Theatre in Barcelona ... on July 4th, the president of Catalonia’s government, Carles Puigdemont, announced plans to hold a unilateral referendum on independence from Spain on October 1st. The draft law he unveiled says that, whatever the turnout, if those voting in favour outnumber those against, within 48 hours the Catalan parliament will declare independence.  - The Economist The Spanish courts have been...
  • A Separate Catalonia? Spain is fascinating because it is not a country, but at least five countries

    01/03/2017 8:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2016 | Mike Konrad
    I am not Spanish, but I am following in the path of other Americans -- such as Washington Irving, Ernest Hemingway, and Orson Welles -- who find Spain absolutely fascinating. Recently, Spain has revved up its always impressive offerings of Hispanic chaos, and the cacophony has spilled over into France. Spain is fascinating because it is not a country, but at least five countries, possibly more: the Basque country, Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia, and the interior where the hated Madrid bureaucrats live. The closest equivalent might be the United Kingdom. If so, the Basque history of armed insurrection finds its closet...
  • Hundreds of thousands march across in Spain to demand independence for Catalonia

    09/13/2016 11:04:07 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 September 2016 | SIMON HOLMES
    Thousands of Spain separatists rallied across Catalonia on Sunday to show their support for a break away from Spain, which would leave the country without one of its richest states. Barcelona police estimated on their Twitter account that about 540,000 people attended the rally in support of a legally-binding referendum that would achieve an independent Catalonia. Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said that he plans to propose a government-approved binding independence referendum to secede from Spain by next year. Spain, which opposes secession, argues that an independent Catalonia would be ejected from the European Union and left out from using...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 Andrés 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 Spain’s 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,...