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  • The Blessed Peace-Fakers

    08/16/2015 8:45:03 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | August 16, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    What Obama is pursing in Iran and Cuba isn’t peace.....The list of countries designated by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism is a pretty exclusive club, a veritable Legion of Doom populated by the likes of North Korea and Syria. The Obama administration has, for reasons that seem to be mainly political, shown extraordinary solicitude toward two countries that were on the State Department’s list when he became president: Cuba and Iran. Cuba has been removed from the list — “Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission” was the State Department’s bloodless explanation — and John Kerry has...
  • 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...
  • Eta ruling causes fury but could yet pave way to peace

    10/27/2013 4:24:21 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    The Guardian, ^ | Sunday 27 October 2013 16.02 EDT | Paul Hamilos
    Inés del Río Prada, of the Basque separatist group Eta, was a member of a unit that killed 24 people, including 12 in a car bombing in the centre of Madrid. Her release earlier this week at the command of the European court of human rights (ECHR), prompted a wave of outrage. The Spanish courts had little choice but to let Del Río go free. She had been sentenced in 1989 to 3,828 years in total, but because of a peculiarity of Spanish law dating back to 1973, she could serve a maximum of only 30. Given time off for...
  • Spain: Those oppressed Basques...

    05/21/2012 12:34:02 PM PDT · by J Aguilar · 3 replies
    El Confidencial ^ | 21 May 2012 | El Confidencial
    THE REGION TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR TAX REIMBURSEMENTS Navarra in €1.7bn tax inquiry The Spanish tax authorities are stunned, and they have every reason to be so. A discovery of a tax maneuver involving Volkswagen’s car production in the small region of Navarra in northern Spain, has disclosed that the region is indirectly funded by the central government in Madrid through tax returns that add up to 10 percent of the region’s yearly budget.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence Terrorists

    04/02/2011 4:27:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 2, 2011 | Robert Latona
    Documents show that Spanish police tipped ETA terrorists to a raid while also apologizing for the "accident." Aiding and abetting a terrorist group is a serious crime in Spain, punishable by jail terms of up to ten years. So if it should turn out that the country’s very own interior minister gave terrorists advance notice of an imminent police raid, and later apologized to them for not having aborted it, then it stands to reason that the government — which has since elevated the minister in question to deputy premier and political heir apparent — is in big trouble, and...
  • 'Eta military chief' Arriola arrested in France

    03/10/2011 3:22:44 PM PST · by csvset · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 March 2011 | BBC
    The suspected head of armed Basque separatist group Eta has been arrested in northwest France, reports say. Alejandro Zobaran Arriola was among four Eta suspects held in an operation by French police near the Belgian border, Spanish national radio reports. Mr Arriola was described as the group's "new military chief". Eta's campaign for independence for the Basque region has cost more than 800 lives since 1968 but it called a halt to armed attacks last year.
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • ETA in Chavez's Venezuela: the ultimate proof

    10/04/2010 8:57:25 AM PDT · by ProudHonduran · 3 replies
    El País ^ | 04/10/2010 | José María Irujo
    ETA in Chavez's Venezuela: the ultimate proof The confession of the suspected ETA members and Xavier Juan Carlos Besance Atristain arrested last Sept. 29 in Guipúzcoa, is the first survey of members of the terrorist organization on the use of Venezuela as a stage for armed training. So far all the indications on the use of that country during the government of Hugo Chavez were based on documents seized from ETA in France, in emails containing the hard disk of FARC leader Raul Reyes, killed in a bombing Colombian army, and evidence gathered in Bogotá by Spanish officials to former...
  • Belgian police arrest suspected ETA terrorist

    08/21/2010 1:07:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 21 August 2010 | News Wire
    Belgian police have arrested a 29-year-old alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend, according to a statement by the Spanish Interior Ministry. Spain’s Interior Ministry says Belgian police have arrested an alleged member of Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend. A ministry statement says Luis Maria Zengotitabengoa was arrested early Saturday by police acting on information provided by their Spanish counterparts. The 29-year-old is the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by Spain’s National Court on suspicion of transporting explosives to Portugal on behalf of ETA...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Suspected ETA military chief arrested in France

    05/20/2010 2:40:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies · 254+ views
    France24 ^ | 20 May 2010 | Wire
    French police said on Thursday they had arrested the suspected military leader of the Basque separatist movement ETA in the south-western city of Bayonne. AFP - French anti-terrorist police on Thursday arrested the suspected military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA, Mikel Karrera Sarobe, police sources said. Two other suspected ETA members -- also Spanish nationals -- were arrested with Karrera Sarobe when detectives and anti-terrorist police raided a house in the southwestern French city of Bayonne at daybreak, the sources said. They were a man and a woman, and one of them is suspected of being the number-two...
  • Justice arrested in Venezuela

    04/05/2010 9:13:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 596+ views
    Guardian News ^ | 3 April 2010 | Václav Havel
    Oswaldo Álvarez Paz's arrest is evidence of Chávez's abuse of the legal system and the silencing of his critics. The arrest of Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, a former president of Venezuela's Chamber of Deputies, governor of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, and presidential candidate, should concern the entire world because it demonstrates just how far President Hugo Chávez's regime is willing to stray from democratic norms. Standing silent as democracy atrophies in Venezuela is now not only immoral, but is becoming increasingly dangerous for all of Venezuela's people. Álvarez Paz has a worldwide reputation for being an honourable man devoted to...
  • 3/11: Zapatero is negotiating with ETA again

    04/01/2010 1:16:04 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 28 March 2010 | Europa Press
    Director of the Police under Mayor-OrejaCotino thinks that the Government is negotiating with ETA again. In spite of which it may seem, Mayor-Oreja is not alone in his belief that the Government is negotiating with ETA. Juan Cotino, former director of the [National] Police, has the same certainty. EUROPA PRESS Juan Cotino, now second deputy president of the Valencian Council, thinks that the [Zapatero’s] administration is negotiating with the terror organization ETA again, according what he told in an interview in the program ' Bon Matí' on Radio 9 […]. Cotino, [...] was appointed chief of a main directorate of...
  • Eta blamed for death of French policeman in shoot-out near Paris

    03/18/2010 2:04:07 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 3 replies · 285+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 17 March 2010 | Gilles Tremlett / Lizzy Davies
    France and Spain vowed to intensify efforts to clamp down on Eta activities today after suspected members of the Basque separatist group killed a French policeman in a shoot-out in a town south-east of Paris. Jean-Serge Nérin died of his injuries yesterday evening in Dammarie les Lys shortly after he was shot from a car that had been stolen by a group of at least six people, all but one of whom fled.
  • Venezuela's Chavez: Friend Of Terrorists (Not surprising)

    03/02/2010 5:27:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 301+ views ^ | March 2, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War: A Spanish court has charged Venezuela with collaborating in a terrorist plot to assassinate President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. That's an attempt on a top U.S. ally, and calls for a hard response. If it's not predator-drone time, it's time to name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terror. What came to light Monday isn't the first time Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has been caught aiding terrorists, but it may well be the most egregious. Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco named a Venezuelan government official as a key link between 12 FARC and ETA terrorists who were indicted in a 2003...
  • Venezuela: A New Terrorist State?

    03/01/2010 2:10:42 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 9 replies · 262+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | March 1, 2010 | Neoavatara
    None of us who are believers of individual freedom are fans of Hugo Chavez. But it seems that the situation is growing more worrisome by the day. The Washington Post outlines the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a searing and authoritative report on the destruction of Venezuela's political institutions and the erosion of freedom under President Hugo Chávez. It details the fearful deterioration of rights in the country, and the blind eye the Organization of American States (OAS) has turned to those events. The report details facts and events that document how Mr. Chávez's regime has done away with...
  • Spain accuses 13 of plot 'to kill Colombian leader'

    03/01/2010 5:03:24 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies · 221+ views
    France24 ^ | 1 March 2010 | AFP
    A Spanish judge has charged 13 members of the Basque separatist group ETA and the Colombian rebel group FARC over an alleged plot to assassinate Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, judicial sources said on Monday. Judge Eloy Velasco said he believes FARC asked ETA's help with a plot to kill a number of Colombian officials in Spain, including Uribe.
  • ETA’s top military chief arrested in Normandy

    02/28/2010 3:52:19 AM PST · by csvset · 10 replies · 352+ views
    France24 ^ | 28 February 2010 | News Wire
    bon Gogeascoechea Arronategui, whom the Spanish Government alleges is the "most senior" member of the Basque separatist organisation ETA, has been arrested in Normandy in France along with two other senior members. AFP - The presumed military chief of the armed Basque separatist organisation ETA was arrested Sunday in northwestern France, the Spanish interior ministry announced. Ibon Gogeascoechea Arronategui, who was arrested during a joint Spanish and French operation, was the "most senior" member of ETA, the ministry said in a statement. He was picked up in the Lower Normandy region with two other people, one of whom was suspected...
  • Portugal police find 'Eta bomb-making cache'

    02/06/2010 1:00:08 PM PST · by csvset · 9 replies · 320+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 February 2010 | Staff
    Portuguese police have seized half a tonne of explosives at a house that they say was being used as a base by Basque separatist group Eta. The discovery, which also included bomb-making equipment, was made in the central Portugal town of Obidos. Fake licence plates, detonators and maps were also found, officials said. A militant group fighting for an independent Basque homeland, Eta has been blamed for more than 820 deaths during its campaign in Spain. "The material was stored in secure conditions which indicates the work of professionals," local police chief Helder Barros said. Several of the explosives were...
  • 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 holds three 'Eta suspects'

    08/19/2009 5:18:03 AM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 537+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 August 2009 | BBC
    French police have arrested three suspected Basque separatist militants in an Alpine ski resort, officials say. The men were reportedly armed and had false identity papers. Police arrested them in a raid on an apartment in Le Corbier Villarembert on Wednesday. One suspect, named as Alberto Machain Beraza, is thought to be linked to recent Eta bombings, including an attack in Majorca, Spanish media say. Eta has been blamed for more than 820 deaths during its separatist campaign. Eta claimed responsibility for the bombings in Spain in July, carried out just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the group's founding....
  • Car bomb in Spain destroys police barracks

    07/29/2009 5:29:17 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 10 replies · 573+ views
    AP ^ | 29 Jul 2009 | Israel Lopez
    BURGOS, Spain — A powerful car bomb exploded early Wednesday outside a barracks housing police officers and their families in this northern Spanish city, slightly injuring 46 people and causing major damage in the area. The attack was blamed on Basque separatist group ETA. Most of the injuries from the blast were from flying glass, and 38 of the wounded were treated in hospitals, regional ministry representative Miguel Alejo said. Many of the injured were Civil Guard police officers and family members. The bomb detonated around 4:00 a.m. (0200 GMT, 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday) and left a crater that had...
  • Europol Report Describes Afghanistan-Pakistan Connection to Trends in European Terrorism

    05/08/2009 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 377+ views ^ | May 8, 2009 04:03 PM | By: Thomas Renard
    "Europol Report Describes Afghanistan-Pakistan Connection to Trends in European Terrorism" Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 7 Issue: 12 May 8, 2009 04:03 PM By: Thomas Renard SNIPPET: "Terrorist activities within the European Union (EU) declined in 2008 as compared to the previous year, according to the annual report published by Europol, the European Union’s criminal intelligence agency. [1] The report lists 515 failed, foiled or successful attacks reported by EU member states, a decrease from 583 attacks in 2007 but still higher than the 2006 total. The decline in terrorist activities was also observed geographically, with only seven member states reporting...
  • Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets

    05/02/2009 5:09:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies · 2,337+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 02, 2009 | JAY ALABASTER
    When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan ...Google failed to judge how its offering would be received, as it has often done in Japan. The company is now facing inquiries from the Justice Ministry and angry accusations of prejudice because its maps detailed the locations of former low-caste communities. The maps date back to the country's feudal era, when shoguns ruled and a strict caste system was in place. At the bottom of the hierarchy were a class called the "burakumin," ethnically identical to other Japanese but forced to live in isolation because they did jobs associated with death,...
  • 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...
  • Car bomb explodes in Madrid

    02/09/2009 2:28:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 407+ views
    al-Jazeera ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | unattributed / agencies
    A car bomb has exploded in a business district of Madrid, following a telephone warning claiming to be from ETA, the Basque armed separatist group. No one was hurt in the blast, which destroyed about 30 cars and blew out windows at nearby offices, leaving a crater in the ground about one metre deep. The Spanish Red Cross received the warning call 90 minutes prior to the blast, allowing police to cordon off the area before the device exploded at around 0900 local time (0800 GMT). The incident came a day after Spain's supreme court banned Democracia 3 Millones and...
  • Car bomb rocks Bilbao in northern Spain

    12/31/2008 3:47:42 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies · 906+ views
    The Financial Times (UK) ^ | Wednesday Dec 31 2008 | Reuters
    A car bomb exploded in Spain’s Basque country near the headquarters of a local television station in the town of Bilbao on Wednesday without causing any injuries, a police spokesman said. Police said emergency services had evacuated television station ETB, which broadcasts in Basque and Spanish, and surrounding buildings following a bomb warning in the name of separatist group ETA. The explosion shattered the windows of the round, glass walled building. Emergency services had found a suspicious vehicle after closing off the area and discovered the owner of the vehicle tied to a tree on a nearby mountain, police said....
  • Cardinal Rouco condemns ETA killing and reiterates sinfulness of terrorism

    12/05/2008 5:52:24 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 194+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Madrid, Dec 4, 2008
    In a statement the bishops condemned “this action against life and freedom,” and recalled that “terrorism is a radical No to the law of God and to the most basic aspect of the dignity of the human person.”
  • Suspected ETA commando leader arrested in France

    11/17/2008 12:45:32 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 354+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | 11/17/08 | DANIEL WOOLLS
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - French and Spanish police arrested the reputed leader of ETA's commando units on Monday—dealing a devastating blow to the armed Basque separatist group. Mikel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, 35, is suspected of taking part in several killings, including the December shooting deaths of two Spanish guardsmen in France, according to French and Spanish officials. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Aspiazu Rubina—known by the alias "Txeroki" (pronounced cher-OH-kee)—has been the operational chief of ETA's hit squads and bombing units for several years.
  • Spain: How Much is Enough?

    11/15/2008 11:07:53 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 12 replies · 1,875+ views
    The Economist ^ | 6 November 2008 | Mike Reid
    Devolution has been good for Spain, but it may have gone too far THE hardest problem for the authors of Spain’s democratic constitution was to strike a balance between the central government and the claims of Catalonia, the Basque country and Galicia for home rule. The formula they came up with was known as café para todos, or coffee for all: Spain was divided into 17 “autonomous communities” (plus the enclave cities of Ceuta and Melilla on the Moroccan coast), each with its own elected parliament and government. This estado de las autonomías seemed a neat solution. Over the past...
  • Terrorists bomb Catholic university in Spain

    10/30/2008 12:37:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 728+ views
    CNA ^ | October 30, 2008
    Pamplona, Oct 30, 2008 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- The University of Navarra, a Catholic school in Pamplona, Spain was bombed by the Basque separatist group ETA on Thursday morning. Initial estimates indicate that 21 people have been injured.  At around 11:00 a.m. a car-bomb exploded at a parking lot located between the main building and the Library of Humanities, injuring 21 people and destroying 20 vehicles. "There were other small explosions after the fire set off by the fuel tanks in the parked cars nearby," Bernardino Leon, a University of Navarra professor, told the Antena 3 TV channel. The bombing...
  • 3/11: Three Years On: the Eighth Suicide Gives Testimony before the Court

    03/11/2007 11:54:31 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 5 replies · 952+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 8 March 2007 | Libertad Digital (transl. J Aguilar)
    He also reveals that The Tunisian talked to UCIE agents.Cartagena Identifies the Police Officer that Asked Him to Go into the Leganés Apartment in the Morning of April 3rd.The testimony as protected witness, asked by the State Attorney Olga Sánchez, of the Police informer nicknamed Cartagena has left a lot of question that might change drastically the trial. Some details had been already revealed by EL MUNDO, as the pressure from the Police to avoid mentioning ETA. According to his testimony, The Tunisian was also linked to UCIE Police Officers. Asked by the Accusation Attorney, he gave names: “Enrique, Rubio,...
  • Threat Matrix: September 2008

    09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 926 replies · 12,869+ views
    How The West Was Won The rapid and unexpected decline of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was officially recognized this week, when Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force, turned operational control of Anbar Province over to the Iraqi army and police. Anbar, a vast expanse of desert the size of North Carolina, had been the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency. For years, foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida had sneaked across Iraq's northwestern border with Syria, into Anbar and down a "rat line" of safe houses in Haditha, Ramadi and Hit. From Fallujah, the arch terrorist Zarqawi...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • Car Bombing In Spain After ETA Warning

    03/21/2008 10:57:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 352+ views
    UK Yahoo ^ | March 21, 2008 | Sky News
    A car bomb has exploded in Spain after a warning from the Basque separatist group ETA. The blast happened outside a police station in the northern town of Calahorra. The bomb went off in an area that had been filled with people attending a Good Friday religious procession. The Civil Guard station targeted in the attack and surrounding buildings were evacuated before the blast in the Rioja region. One officer suffered a mild injury in the neck. The phone call was made at 12.20pm (GMT) and the blast happened about 40 minutes later. ETA had issued a warning stating the...
  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias holds five minutes of silence in Barcelona

    03/10/2008 6:32:59 PM PDT · by GAB-1955 · 213+ views (Madrid) ^ | 3/10/2008 | EFE
    The Prince and Princess of Asturias, Don Felipe and Dońa Letizia, held five minutes of silence at noon today in Barcelona in memory of the assassination of the Socialist ex-counselor of Arrasate, Isaías Carrasco. The Prince and Princess of Asturias together called a meeting of the council of municipalities and other institutions to condemn the assassination by ETA of Isaías Carrasco this last Friday and to offer solidarity with his family, for whom they interrupted their visit to the Council of Municipalities, which they had inaugurated today in the Catalan capital. Meeting with the Prince and Princess were the Minister...
  • Spain's Cconservatives Concede Vote Loss

    03/09/2008 6:17:11 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 27 replies · 978+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 3/9/2008 | EagleUSA
    MADRID, Spain - Spain's Socialist prime minister won re-election Sunday, as voters dismissed worries about a slumping economy, immigration and resurgent Basque militants to hand him a second term. ADVERTISEMENT The results were a clear endorsement of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's record, which includes reforms such as legalizing gay marriage and granting on-demand divorce, once thought unthinkable in this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country. Zapatero also withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq and launched a drive to cede more power to Spain's semiautonomous regions. "The Spanish people have spoken clearly and decided to start a new era," Zapatero told euphoric...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • Spain calls off election campaign after attack blamed on ETA

    03/08/2008 3:30:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 514+ views
    AFP ^ | Denholm Barnetson | Denholm Barnetson
    Spain calls off election campaign after attack blamed on ETA by Denholm Barnetson Fri Mar 7, 3:52 PM ET Spain ended its election campaign early after a former politician from the ruling Socialist Party was shot and killed Friday in the northern Basque region in an attack blamed on the separatist group ETA. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, tipped to win a second mandate in Sunday's vote, immediately accused ETA of seeking to upset the electoral process. "The terrorists wanted to interfere today in the peaceful manifestation of the will of the people at the ballot box," he...
  • 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 to follow Kosovo example

    01/05/2008 3:57:06 AM PST · by kronos77 · 14 replies · 114+ views
    5 January 2008 The Basque separatist group ETA will base its calls for independence on the example set by Kosovo, says local daily Gara. ETA, which the EU considers a terrorist organization, stresses that its fight “is not utopia” and cites the examples of Kosovo and Scotland, it is written on the daily’s website, which has announced interviews with some of the organization’s members. It was not possible to get any details of the interview from the paper’s editors, nor were the names of any of the group’s members mentioned. ETA uses Gara, among other papers, to send messages or...
  • 3/11: From Mistake to Mistake

    12/14/2007 10:44:31 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 27 November 2007 | Luis del Pino (transl. & cmmts. J Aguilar)
    From Luis del Pino's blog: Assessment of the Sentence (IX): Dragging the Mistakes The court that has judged the 3/11 case has made the second public writ of clarification of the sentence, where answers to diverse questions related to the compensations to the victims are provided, some allegations to the defence attorneys are responded and... certain aspects denounced by the independent media are corrected. For example, the court could not help rectifying the part of the sentence in which it was affirmed, as Libertad Digital had denounced, that the suicides of Leganés had said goodbye to their families through a...
  • ETA gunmen kill Spanish guard

    12/01/2007 4:18:54 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 51+ views
    CNN ^ | December 1, 2007 | Al Goodman
    MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Members of the Basque group ETA have shot dead a Spanish civil guard and seriously wounded another in southern France, Spanish officials said. It is the first fatality blamed on ETA in nearly a year. The separatist group claimed responsibility for a December 30, 2006, car bomb at a Madrid airport that killed two men and destroyed a parking garage. The two plainsclothes civil guard officers were in Capbreton, France, to meet with French police about joint operations against ETA, which traditionally uses France as a base for its attacks in Spain, CNN's partner station CNN...
  • 3/11: Strategy of Tension: A Civil Guard Killed by ETA in France

    12/01/2007 2:56:33 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 2 replies · 226+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 1 December 2007 | Libertad Digital
    A Civil Guard Dies After Being Shot in Southern FranceA Spanish Civil Guard has died after being shot in the head and another one is in critical condition due to an ETA attack in the Southern French city of Capbreton. Both agents were participating in an operation against the terror organization ETA. According to sources of the investigation, the terrorists approached them as they went out of a supermarket, and opened fire. The Civil Guards were carrying out an operation along the French Security corps, which inform that the terrorists have run away.
  • ETA car bomb fails to detonate in Logrońo

    09/17/2007 1:28:08 AM PDT · by Roy Tucker · 5 replies · 213+ views
    SUR in English ^ | 14 September, 2007 | SUR
    ETA car bomb fails to detonate in Logrońo SUR Security forces investigating the attack believe the perpetrators are not terrorists known to the police The 61 kilos of explosives in the car failed to go off Last Sunday night terrorists belonging to the Basque organisation ETA parked a car packed with 61 kilos of explosives outside Ministry of Defence buildings in Logrońo (La Rioja). Fortunately the bomb failed to explode due to a fault in the detonating fuse, explained the Secretary of State for Security, Antonio Camacho. The security forces are investigating whether the terrorists who planted the bomb form...
  • 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...
  • Eta blamed for Spanish car bomb

    08/24/2007 3:55:50 AM PDT · by happinesswithoutpeace · 173+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 24 August 2007 | BBC
    A car bomb has exploded in the city of Durango in Spain's Basque country, lightly wounding two policemen. No-one has admitted carrying out the attack, but officials have blamed the Basque separatist group Eta which called off a ceasefire in June. The bomb exploded in a car parked outside a police barracks in Durango, about 40km (25 miles) south of Bilbao, at 0330 (0130 GMT). A second car bomb exploded in nearby Amorebieta about one hour later. Police said the second car was used by the bombers to flee the scene of the first bombing. There were no injuries or...
  • Ten Years without Miguel Angel

    07/12/2007 5:39:49 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 6 replies · 821+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 12 July 2007 | J Aguilar
    Miguel Angel Blanco, local right wing politician in the Spanish Basque region's town of Ermua, was kidnapped by ETA on July 10th, 2007 and shot twice in the head two days later. He was 29. His crime was being an honest man. This attack came as a response to the liberation of Jose Antonio Ortega-Lara, a prison guard, by a team of the Civil Guard. He was kidnapped by ETA and held during 532 days, in a hole digged under heavy machinery in the basement of an industrial plant. His crime was being an honest man. Miguel Angel Blanco's kidnapping...