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  • Failed Greek Bailout Forces More Rescue Talk From Europe

    05/23/2016 12:19:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016 | John W. Schoen
    Less than a year after the country's third international bailout, Greek lawmakers on Sunday approved another round of painful tax hikes and spending cuts in hopes of securing more cash from its skeptical European neighbors. The infusion is needed to help Greece make good on bond payments due in July. The measures approved over the weekend include tax hikes on consumer goods like fuel, alcohol and tobacco -- to 24 percent -- and a provision that will force further spending cuts if the government fails to meet budget targets... Less than a year implementing after a package of reforms and...
  • Last surviving Casablanca actress Madeleine Lebeau dies aged 92

    05/15/2016 10:50:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 95 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/15/2016 | Staff
    The last surviving actress from the iconic movie Casablanca has died. Madeleine Lebeau played Yvonne, the jilted lover of Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine, in the 1942 film. Lebeau's stepson told The Hollywood Reporter that she had died aged on May 1 in Estepona, Spain aged 92, after breaking her thigh bone. The French-born actress was preceded in death by all of her credited Casablanca co-stars, including leads Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Europe to campaign for arch-terrorist's Nobel Peace Prize

    05/11/2016 12:28:57 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    The wife of arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti has revealed that European MPs and political parties support her husband's candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize, and will soon come out and publicly express their position of support for him. Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of the senior terrorist from Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party who is serving five life sentences in Israel, welcomed her husband's Nobel Prize candidacy in an interview with the Turkish Anadolu news agency. She praised the Arab League support for his candidacy, which was submitted in early March by Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina, who won...
  • Jewish Travelers Separated, Removed from British-based EasyJet Airline in Barcelona

    05/09/2016 8:26:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 8, 2016 | Hana Levi Julian
    A group of Jewish families that included elderly people, pregnant women and children were taken off an EasyJet passenger plane in Barcelona waiting to depart for Paris, according to a report on the European Jewish Press. One of the passengers, a Holocaust survivor, said the behavior of police who came to take the travelers off the flight was similar to that of the German Nazi SS police during World War II. The families were removed after the plane had been sitting on the tarmac for more than two hours, waiting for departure. Many of the Jewish men were wearing kippahs,...
  • Royal Navy fires warning shots as Spanish vessel harasses US sub in Gibraltar

    05/06/2016 3:38:59 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 2016, 5 May | Ben Farmer, defence correspondent
    The Royal Navy fired flares to warn off a Spanish patrol boat approaching an American nuclear submarine off Gibraltar. The fast patrol boat HMS Sabre fired warning shots across the bow of a Guardia Civil vessel as it twice tried to cut across the path of USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltar’s waters. Gibraltar says Spanish vessels regularly stray deep into its territorial waters and the Foreign Office has attacked the incursions as provocative. But defence sources said it was rare for a Royal Navy vessel to fire flares and it had only happened a couple of times in...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The SONG and the Hunter

    05/05/2016 6:49:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Thursday, May 05, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy, rugged landscape, a view across the top of Tenerife toward La Palma in the Canary Islands Spanish archipelago. The large Teide volcano, the highest point in Spain, looms over the horizon. Shining above are familiar bright stars of Orion, the Hunter. Adding to the dreamlike scene is the 1 meter diameter prototype telescope of the global network project called the Stellar Observations Network Group or SONG. The SONG's fully robotic observatory was captured during the 30 second exposure while the observatory dome, with slit open, was rotated across the...
  • The Latter glory of this house will be greater[charismatic CAUCUS]

    05/03/2016 11:06:38 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-3-16 | bible,HolySpirit
    My train of Glory is about to shine, All over my children for through my blood they are divine, Now I shall come down and rest, Upon my treasure chest, For this is where ever they are gathered in My Name, Shouting out My Fame, "To the ones that have overcome and pushed through", " I AM Chasing after you ", MY Glory is about to reveal, The Fullness of My Kingdom's Seal, The Father's Heart now fully revealed, Not just a sector but as a whole, Not just a faith or trust "now you shall know", The Fullness of...
  • Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain

    04/29/2016 7:42:11 AM PDT · by wtd · 94 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 29 April 2016 | Keely Lockhart
    Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain Workers laying pipes in a park in Seville have unearthed a 600-kilogram trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.
  • Prehistoric Hand Stencils In Spanish Caves Not Randomly Placed, Say Researchers

    04/23/2016 11:54:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Sunday, April 17, 2016 | editors
    Prehistoric cave occupants paid attention to cave wall morphology and touch when creating hand stencils. Human occupants of two caves in Northern Spain put some thought into where they placed their hand stencils on cave walls as much as 37,000 years ago, during Palaeolithic times. The topography and physical characteristics of the walls in the low light conditions of the caves seem to have mattered to them, suggest a team of researchers... What they found was a pattern that indicated selection or attention to certain types of natural cave wall features for placement of the stencils. "In total 80% of...
  • For Whom the Bell Still Tolls

    04/19/2016 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    Don't look for any happy ending here. Or any ending. The debate over the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) can be expected to last as long as there are isolationists and interventionists arguing over American foreign policy -- that is, approximately forever. Few if any conflicts illustrate the tragic nature of history so well, for there were no simple choices in Spain. There were more than enough heroes and villains, not-so-innocent bystanders and gawkers galore -- along with an endless supply of impossible choices. No one's hands were Ivory Soap clean, but curiously enough none were hopelessly dirty. Time, the great...
  • New UNESCO Resolution Erases Jewish Connection to Temple Mount

    04/17/2016 5:20:34 PM PDT · by Lera · 18 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    "Thus saith the LORD: I return unto Tzion and will dwell in the midst of Yerushalayim; and Yerushalayim shall be called the city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain." Zechariah 8:3 (The Israel BibleTM) On Friday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Executive Board in Paris adopted a resolution erasing Israel's ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The UNESCO resolution referred to the Temple Mount area solely as the Al-Aqsa Mosque or Al-Haram Al Sharif, ignoring the Jewish claim to the site. The resolution called Israel "the...
  • Spanish police find 20,000 Isis uniforms

    04/13/2016 7:10:25 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 15 replies
    The Times (UK) ^ | April 12, 2016 | Graham Keeley
    Spanish police have uncovered an alleged Islamic State supply network after seizing 20,000 new military uniforms destined for jihadist fighters in Syria. *snip* According to transit documents, the uniforms had been sent from Saudia Arabia to Spain, but their appearance suggested they had originated in a Nato country.
  • A Word For The Leaders and Body of Christ Jesus[Charismatic Caucus]

    04/11/2016 2:13:27 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 4-11-16 | Bible, Holy Spirit
    I AM looking for unity, I AM looking for my love working in you in such a way that you see your brother and sisters’ needs above your own.Let there be great charity among you, yes, but this love comes from me through you and as you see others as part of your body without paper or pen. It is then they become part of you and you come to abide in Me. There is no room for arrogance and vanity, just my love and the fruit thereof,For it is only in oneness you then have gained the access “as...
  • Spain's Prime Minister set to drop siesta to shorten working day by two hours

    04/04/2016 8:29:38 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    daily readlist ^ | 4 April 2016 | Matt Payton
    The Spanish Prime Minister has announced moves to cut the working day by two hours and bring an end to the siesta, in an attempt to bring the country into line with its European counterparts. Mariano Rajoy, the head of the centre-right coalition government, wants to scrap the universally-observed three-hour midday break.
  • Archaeologists uncover monumental prehistoric structure on island of Menorca

    04/02/2016 3:10:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    Archaeologists have recently begun revealing the features of an ancient prehistoric stone structure on the Mediterranean island of Menorca in the Balearic Islands, an archipelago near the eastern coast of Spain. Beginning in 2015, under the direction of archaeologists Montserrat Anglada, Irene Riudavets, and Cristina Bravo, an archaeological team began excavating a newly opened structure at the site, known as Sa Cudia Cremada, a site that is composed of distinctive Iron Age (part of Spain's prehistoric period) stone structures such as talayots -- truncated tower-shaped constructions. The builders were members of the mysterious Talayotic culture, a people who left no...
  • The Strange Case of a Nazi Who Became an Israeli Hitman

    03/29/2016 1:20:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | Mar 27, 2016 | Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman
    On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came home.
  • How a Nazi SS commando became a Mossad assassin

    03/30/2016 4:20:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/3/16 | Matt Wanderman
    For the first time, Mossad agents confirm that one of their most useful assassins was one of the top officers in the SS. .....
  • 240 years ago today, Spanish explorers reached San Francisco and founded the modern city

    03/28/2016 12:44:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    SFGate ^ | March 28, 2016 | Katie Dowd
    On March 28, 1776, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a small band of settlers reached San Francisco and laid the groundwork what would become the city's first major landmarks: the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Asis. Captain de Anza's arrival in San Francisco was the culmination of a long trek from Arizona with 247 soldiers, women and children. The expedition was commissioned by the Mexican viceroy, who hoped to establish a permanent settlement there.
  • THE MATRIX OF HEAVEN [charismatic Caucus]

    03/28/2016 6:26:06 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    Bible , The joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-28-16 | Bible , Holy Spirit
    The Matrix of Heaven is about to extract the riches of the wicked and deliver them into the hands of My Children "Today" as I delivered Canaan into the hands of My beloved for you "are" My Beloved and I AM yours . . . Now as you raise and stretch out your hands as Moses with My Sword as your Scepter(authority) I SHALL part the waters for you \ ~~~ / My Children in many ways Lands of opportunity( The Harvest fields) People of placement (networking of The kingdom) Yards into miles ( Favor) And Blocks into kingdoms (...
  • Far-right group targets Madrid mosque after Brussels attacks

    03/26/2016 7:31:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 23 Mar 2016 12:21 GMT+01:00
    A far-right group targeted a mosque in Madrid in a “protest” following the Brussels attacks, lighting flares and hanging a sign asking “Today Brussels, tomorrow Madrid?” The far-right group Hogar Social Madrid (Madrid Social Home) posted photos on social media on Monday, showing members lighting flares on a highway overpass facing a major mosque in the city, often referred to as the M-30 mosque after the motorway. “The first images of actions taken a moment ago against Islamic terrorism at the M-30 mosque in Madrid, which finances the Islamic State: MOSQUES OUT OF EUROPE,” states the post. …
  • Spanish actor says he was banned from longtime role as Easter parade Jesus because he is gay

    03/26/2016 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 4:56 AM | Christopher Brennan
    A Spanish actor who has played Jesus in a city’s Easter parade for 20 years has been kicked out of the role — and says it is because he is gay. Ramon Fossati has been a longtime fixture in the Valencia ceremony, but has been banned from participating until 2019 after wearing a one-shoulder frock and giving fake “blessings” as the risen Christ last year. The Junta Mayor Semana Santa Marinera, which oversees organization of the parade, also accused the actor of “ostentation and parody” while throwing kisses to the crowd. …
  • John McCain: Salute to a Communist

    03/24/2016 11:56:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2016 | John McCain
    AN interesting obituary appeared in The New York Times recently, though the death of its subject last month was largely unnoticed beyond his family and friends. That’s not surprising. Delmer Berg wasn’t a celebrity. He wasn’t someone with great wealth or influence. He had never held public office. He was a Californian. He worked as a farmhand and stonemason. He did some union organizing. He was vice president of his local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. He protested against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons. He joined the United States Communist Party in 1943, and, according to The Times, he remained an “unreconstructed...
  • EU Finance Ministers Debate New-Look Euro: Weigh Mixed-Bad Economic Outlook

    05/13/2005 8:27:42 AM PDT · by demlosers · 4 replies · 263+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Friday May 13, 2005 | Robert Wielaard
    EU Finance Ministers Debate New-Look Euro Coins; Weigh Mixed-Bad Economic Outlook LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- EU finance ministers, opening a two-day meeting Friday, sought to make sense of a mixed bag of economic data from the euro zone, with Germany posting its strongest growth in four years but Italy sliding into recession. "This is a very serious problem," Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker said upon arriving at the meeting he was leading. EU Finance Commissioner Joaquin Solbes said "growth in Germany was good news [1% 1Q GDP], but Italy is bad news." And Gerrit Zalm, the Dutch finance minister whose...
  • The Solar Industry Is Dying. Good Riddance.

    03/20/2016 5:20:30 PM PDT · by upchuck · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2016 | James Delingpole
    If you still own shares in solar energy it’s probably a sign that you’ve been in the sun too long: the sector is tanking – and deservedly so – as reality dawns that this is a Potemkin industry, an Enron of a con-trick, whose survival depends not on the energy it generates but on the subsidies it squeezes from the taxpayer. Consider Exhibit A: the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the California desert. This $2.2 billion project, heavily backed with federal grants by the Obama administration, is absolutely brilliant at killing birds. According to some estimates it accounts for...
  • 400,000-year-old fossils from Spain provide earliest genetic evidence of Neandertals

    03/20/2016 2:54:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Max Planck Gesselschaft ^ | March 14, 2016 | SJ, SP, MM/HR
    Previous analyses of the hominins from Sima de los Huesos in 2013 showed that their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA was distantly related to Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. This was unexpected since their skeletal remains carry Neandertal-derived features. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have since worked on sequencing nuclear DNA from fossils from the cave, a challenging task as the extremely old DNA is degraded to very short fragments. The results now show that the Sima de los Huesos hominins were indeed early Neandertals. Neandertals may have acquired different mitochondrial genomes...
  • Spain Seizes 20,000 Military Uniforms Destined for Isis

    03/05/2016 2:26:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Mar 2016
    Officers seized thousands of uniforms and other military gear on the way to terror groups Isis and al-Nusra Front. Spain's National Police reported on Thursday that officers had intercepted 20,000 uniforms and other military gear that were being sent to terror groups Isis and al-Nusra Front - the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. "With nearly 20,000 uniforms and military accessories seized, they would have been able to equip an entire army, which would be perfectly prepared to enter combat in any of the centres of conflict where terrorist jihadist organizations operate in the world," the Interior Ministry reported on Thursday. Police...
  • Spanish authorities seize 20,000 military uniforms bound for ISIS, Nusra Front

    03/03/2016 11:11:56 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-4-2016 | ap
    Spanish authorities seized 20,000 military-style uniforms being sent to fighters of the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday. Police conducted a counterterrorism operation last month in the port cities of Valencia and Algeciras, where officers opened three shipping containers and found the uniforms along with other military accessories, the ministry said. The uniforms were mixed with “secondhand clothing” to avoid raising suspicion while passing through customs. The ministry said in a statement that police arrested seven people on suspicion of providing logistical and financial support to ISIS and the Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate...
  • To those that Overcome yet not to the Lazy[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/01/2016 11:00:06 AM PST · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-1-16 | bible
    My WORD to you is meant to be used and adhered to as the mighty men of David that willingly supported their king by leading in the battle no matter the numbers for they walked in My wisdom and their obedience came from actively pursuing the command of their king that walked in My understanding without fear. So it must be with you my children do not be like the sloth and bury the talents I have so graciously bestowed upon you for as you do it shall be multiplied onto you yet in this same manner I shall send...
  • Could This be Spain's Own Maggie Thatcher?

    02/18/2016 10:19:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Feb 2016
    She is blonde, a conservative hardliner and has forged ahead in a sphere dominated by men, The Local gives you ten reasons why Esperanza Aguirre is Spain's answer to the Iron Lady. Fresh allegations of corruption within the Madrid branch of the Popular Party has led to Aguirre tendering her resignation as regional head of the party. At The Local we don't believe for a minute that this is the last we will see of a woman who puts personality into politics. The Local gives you ten reasons why Esperanza Aguirre is Spain's answer to the Iron Lady. 1 -...
  • Man Skipped Work For 6 Years And No One Noticed Until He Won An Award (Spain)

    02/15/2016 10:44:18 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 15, 2016 | Nina Golgowski
    For six years, a building supervisor in Spain quietly collected a $41,500 salary from his local government without showing up for work. And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for him getting an award for his 20 years of loyal service. Joaquin Garcia, 69, was recently fined $30,000 for the extended paid vacation from a water treatment plant in Cadiz -- the maximum penalty government officials could deliver, the BBC reported.
  • Man skips work for 6 years; no one notices

    02/15/2016 7:49:30 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    KHOU ^ | 2/15/2016 | KHOU
    (NEWSER) – A 69-year-old Spanish man was fined this week after officials discovered he hadn't shown up to work for at least six years, the Guardian reports. Ironically, the civil servant was discovered only when the deputy mayor attempted to give him an award for 20 years of "loyal and dedicated" service in 2010. “I thought, where is this man?" the Guardianquotes the deputy mayor. "Is he still there? Has he retired? Has he died?”
  • Iran exports first oil shipment to Europe since nuclear deal

    02/14/2016 7:40:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2016 10:05 AM EST
    Iran says it has exported its first crude oil shipment to Europe since it reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. IRNA quoted Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi as saying the shipment was the first in five years and marked "a new chapter" in Iran's oil industry. [...] Javadi said Iran has already reached agreement to export oil to France, Russia and Spain. ...
  • 'Yeti' Caught on Camera in Spanish Ski Resort

    02/10/2016 12:25:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Feb 2016 | Amanda Howard
    A video of a furry figure in Formigal in the Pyrenees has emerged, prompting many to wonder – does this finally prove that the abominable snowman exists?Scared skiers and snowboarders in the resort of Formigal, in the Pyrenees, are keeping their eyes peeled for a large yeti-like monster that has been spotted roaming the slopes of the ski resort in north-eastern Spain. The creature has been caught on camera by a holidaymaker – could this finally be the evidence needed to convince the world that the abominable snowman actually exists? The slightly shaky and grainy footage appears to show a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Five Planets at Castell de Burriac

    02/06/2016 7:12:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    NASA ^ | February 06, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: February's five planet line-up stretches across a clear sky in this predawn scene. A hilltop Castell de Burriac looms in the foreground, overlooking the town of Cabrera de Mar near Barcelona, Spain, planet Earth. The mosaicked, panoramic image looks south. It merges three different exposure times to record a bright Last Quarter Moon, planets, seaside city lights, and dark castle ruins. Seen on February 1st the Moon was near Mars on the sky. But this week early morning risers have watched it move on, passing near Saturn and finally Venus and Mercury, sliding along near the ecliptic toward the...
  • Email Bombshell: Benghazi Response Teams Deliberately Stopped By Whitehouse

    01/26/2016 6:16:44 PM PST · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    FUNKER530 ^ | first published on January 12, 2016 | Will
    For years, the Obama Administration has stood behind two excuses (given under oath) for not sending a quick reaction force to assist in rescuing American citizens during the Sept. 11, 2012 al Qaeda-linked attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The first excuse being: There were no forces available that could have responded quickly. The second reason was: Even if they had scrambled more people, they couldn't have gotten there in time to make a difference. Now, an email, hidden for three years, has come to light and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Five Planet Dawn [see my preemptive comment]

    01/30/2016 3:23:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | January 30, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: As January closes and in the coming days of February, early morning risers can spot the five naked-eye planets before dawn. Though some might claim to see six planets, in this seaside panoramic view all five celestial wanderers were found above the horizon along with a bright waning gibbous Moon on January 27. Nearly aligned along the plane of the ecliptic, but not along a line with the Sun, the five planets are spread well over 100 degrees across the sky. Just arriving on the predawn scene, fleeting Mercury stands above the southeastern horizon in the golden light of...
  • ...Antarctic fungi survives Martian conditions...strapped outside the space station for 18 months

    01/28/2016 6:28:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | 01/25/2016 | cheyenne macdonald
    After a year-and-a-half long voyage aboard the International Space Station, a group of fungi collected from Antarctica has proven its ability to withstand harsh, Mars-like conditions. More than half of the cells remained intact over the course of the 18-month study, providing new insight for the possibility of life on Mars. These fungal samples, along with lichens from Spain and Austria, have allowed European researchers to assess the survivability and stability of microscopic lifeforms on the red planet. The tiny fungi taken from Antarctica are typically found in the cracks of rocks in this dry, hostile region. Scientists took samples...
  • Squeezed bank dealers quit European government bond markets

    01/24/2016 9:17:21 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 January 2016 | John Geddie
    rise in the number of banks giving up primary dealer roles in European government bond markets threatens to further reduce liquidity and eventually make it more expensive for some countries to borrow money. Increased regulation and lower margins have seen five banks exit various countries in the last three months. Others look set to follow, further eroding the infrastructure through which governments raise debt. While these problems are for now masked by the European Central Bank buying 60 billion euros ($65.5 billion)of debt every month to try to stimulate the euro zone economy, countries may feel the effects more sharply...
  • Podemos propose pact to lock conservatives out of power [Spain]

    01/22/2016 6:24:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 22 Jan 2016 12:54 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The leader of Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, on Friday proposed forming a government with the Socialists, making a left-wing governing alliance more likely after last month's inconclusive election. Iglesias told a news conference he had informed King Felipe VI of "our desire to form a government of change with the Socialists and the United Left" and that he would seek the post of deputy prime minister. [...] Last month's general election produced a hung parliament in which a ruling majority cannot easily be formed. Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party won the most seats, 119, but...
  • Fury as Archaeological Site Ruined and Replaced With Picnic Table

    08/29/2015 10:35:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Aug 2015
    builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench. In what one archaeologist dubbed a "monumental error" the ancient tomb, that had heritage status and was therefore meant to be protected, has been completely destroyed. Galicia’s Department of Culture, Education and Universities has launched an investigation after the picnic bench - which sits on a solid concrete slab in the town of Cristovo de Cea in the northwestern region of Galicia - was placed on top of an ancient tomb, classed as...
  • Common origins of Neolithic farmers in Europe traced

    09/04/2015 12:28:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, September 03, 2015 | Spanish National Research Council
    Thanks to this newly sequenced genome, researchers have been able to determine that farmers from both the Mediterranean and inland routes are very homogeneous and clearly derive from a common ancestral population that, most likely, were the first farmers who entered Europe through Anatolia... Analysis of the genome from Cova Bonica has made it possible to determine the appearance of these pioneer farmers, who had light skin and dark eyes and hair. This contrasts with previous Mesolithic hunters who, as the man from La Brańa in León (Spain)—recovered in 2014 by the same research team—has demonstrated, had blue eyes and...
  • Neolithic Death Ritual Includes Earliest Evidence for European Beer

    11/23/2013 11:35:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Saturday, November 23, 2013 | University of Barcelona
    Spanish excavations in Can Sadurní cave (Begues, Barcelona) have discovered four human skeletons dated to about 6,400 years ago. The skeletal remains of the individuals are particularly important as they are in a very good state of preservation. An archaeological campaign carried out previously identified other individuals which were not so well preserved but belong to the same stratigraphic layer. Archaeologists excavating in 1999, also discovered within the cave, evidence for the earliest European beer, which may have been included as part of the death ritual... A small landslip from the outer part of the cave must have taken place...
  • La Draga Neolithic site in Banyoles yields the oldest Neolithic bow discovered in Europe

    06/29/2012 2:01:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Phys.org ^ | June 29, 2012 | Provided by Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    Archaeological research carried out at the Neolithic site of La Draga, near the lake of Banyoles, has yielded the discovery of an item which is unique in the western Mediterranean and Europe. The item is a bow which appeared in a context dating from the period between 5400-5200 BCE, corresponding to the earliest period of settlement. It is a unique item given that it is the first bow to be found in tact at the site. According to its date, it can be considered chronologically the most ancient bow of the Neolithic period found in Europe. The study will permit...
  • Navantia Said to Be in Negotiations With Saudi Arabia for 5 Avante 2200 Corvettes

    01/19/2016 2:38:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 January 2016
    According to Spanish daily newspaper La Voz de Galicia, Spanish shipyard Navantia is said to be in advanced negotiations with Saudi Arabia for five Avante 2200 corvettes. The newspaper talks about "final phase" of talks. It is likely that Navantia is competing against Lockheed Martin who is offering four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships, an export variant of Lockheed Martin's Freedom class LCS currently in use with the U.S. Navy. We just revealed the design of the MMSC last week while attending the SNA 2016 show. Follow this link to see the pictures. The ships are being offered as part...
  • Probe: Spain's 'Podemos' Party may have been given €5 million Euros by Iran regime

    01/12/2016 10:30:27 AM PST · by Fali_G · 2 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 01/12/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Spanish authorities are actively investigating rumors that Iran's regime heavily financed the activities of the country's Podemos political party, according to Spanish media sources. The Union of Economic and Fiscal Delinquency, La Unidad de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal (UDEF), an investigative arm of the country's National Police has launched a detailed probe in determining whether the party accepted €5m Euros from Iran in exchange for influence in the country's political and economic arenas, El Confidencial, a Spanish newspaper said.
  • Just What the Middle East Needs: Turkey’s Getting an Aircraft Carrier

    01/05/2016 11:35:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.05.16 | Thomas Seibert
    ISTANBUL — Turkey is getting ready to widen the reach of its military considerably by building a multipurpose aircraft carrier with “trans-continental” capabilities. The 225-meter ship dubbed the Anadolu (or Anatolia), set to enter service in 2021, is designed to take fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, tanks, troops, and landing vessels to areas around the Mediterranean and as far as the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, officials say. While some analysts say Turkey needs a carrier like this, some regard the project as an expensive expression of prestige and grandeur that far exceeds the country’s limits. The move is a sign...
  • Ancient Mediterranean flood mystery solved

    08/17/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | Victoria Gill
    Research has revealed details of the catastrophic Zanclean flood that refilled the Mediterranean Sea more than five million years ago. The flood occurred when Atlantic waters found their way into the cut-off and desiccated Mediterranean basin. The researchers say that a 200km channel across the Gibraltar strait was carved out by the floodwaters... show that the resulting flood could have filled the basin within two years. The team was led by Daniel Garcia-Castellanos from the Research Council of Spain (CSIC)... Using existing borehole and seismic data, his team showed how the flood would have begun with water spilling over a...
  • Colossal Flood Created the Mediterranean Sea

    01/11/2010 11:13:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies · 1,348+ views
    livescience ^ | 09 December 2009 | Andrea Thompson
    The Mediterranean Sea as we know it today formed about 5.3 million years ago when Atlantic Ocean waters breached the strait of Gibraltar, sending a massive flood into the basin. Geologists have long known that the Mediterranean became isolated from the world's oceans around 5.6 million years ago, evaporating almost completely in the hundreds of thousands of years that followed. Scientists also largely agree that the Mediterranean basin was refilled when the movements of Earth's crustal plates caused the ground around the Gibraltar Strait to subside, allowing the ocean waters of the Atlantic to cut through the rock separating the...
  • Colossal Flood Created the Mediterranean Sea

    12/09/2009 12:16:53 PM PST · by decimon · 49 replies · 1,469+ views
    Live Science ^ | Dec 9, 2009 | Andrea Thompson
    The Mediterranean Sea as we know it today formed about 5.3 million years ago when Atlantic Ocean waters breached the strait of Gibraltar, sending a massive flood into the basin. > But exactly how the waters cut their way through and how long it took them to do so wasn't known. >
  • Mediterranean Sea Dried Up Five Million Years Ago

    02/12/2009 7:51:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,280+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Utrecht University
    Approximately five million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea dried up after it was sealed off from the Atlantic Ocean. According to earth scientist Rob Govers of Utrecht University, a reduction in the weight on the Earth's crust led to the Straits of Gibraltar moving upwards. Govers will publish his conclusions in the February issue of the earth sciences journal Geology. Much like a mattress springs back into shape after you get off it, the Earth's crust moves upwards when sea levels fall. Known as isostasy, this phenomenon explains how the Mediterranean Sea was sealed off from the Atlantic Ocean five...