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  • Hasta Luego, Zapatero

    11/26/2011 7:59:42 AM PST · by oldbrowser · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | Christopher Caldwell
    Just as incoming American presidents are given the atomic “briefcase” by their predecessors, along with the codes for launching a nuclear attack, perhaps Spanish prime ministers will henceforth receive a begging cup and a German phrasebook. It was al Qaeda that made José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of the Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) Spain’s prime minister; Lehman Brothers and the euro crisis have unmade him, putting his country at the financial mercy of its European neighbors. Zapatero came to power when jihadists bombed several trains in the heart of Madrid on election weekend 2004. The bombs convinced Spaniards they would be...
  • Spain election: People's party sweeps to crushing victory over Socialists

    11/20/2011 6:36:31 PM PST · by Cincinna · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Nov 20, 2011  | Giles Tremlett 
    Mariano Rajoy gains absolute majority with 16 percentage point win over José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's Socialists The conservative People's party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy has swept to a landslide victory in Spain's general election, inheriting sky-high unemployment and one of the shakiest economies in Europe. Rajoy's PP gained an absolute parliamentary majority with a crushing 16 percentage point win over the Socialists of outgoing prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.   The Socialists lost a third of their seats as voters dumped a government that presided over a dramatic economic slump which has left 23% of Spaniards out of work.   With...
  • Spain on course to elect a conservative as PM

    11/18/2011 6:11:03 PM PST · by Cincinna · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 18, 2011 | Nicholas Watt
    Spain's veteran conservative leader, who appears to be on course to be elected as prime minister at his third attempt on Sunday, has expressed hope that financial markets will relax their pressure on Madrid. Mariano Rajoy, leader of the People's party (PP), spoke out as the interest on Spanish debt remained above 6% for a fifth day running, ahead of an election being carefully followed across Europe. "We hope this [pressure] stops and that people realise there's an election here and that the party that wins has the right to a minimum margin," the PP leader told Onda Cero radio...
  • Surplus of pessimism may cost Spain’s ruling Socialists at polls

    11/18/2011 11:21:20 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2011 | Mike Elkin
    Spanish voters on Sunday are expected to dismiss the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and usher in the conservative People's Party (PP) and its leader, Mariano Rajoy. Mr. Zapatero’s Socialist party (PSOE), which has been in power for eight years, has borne the brunt of public blame for Spain’s increasingly perilous economic situation, which has tainted the party’s leadership candidate, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Meanwhile, Mr. Rajoy has been coasting toward an expected landslide victory without saying much about how he plans to reverse Spain’s economic course... The situation is bleak for the eurozone’s fourth-largest...
  • Political Crisis Contagion: PM Zapatero To Dissolve Spain's Government On September 26

    07/29/2011 8:36:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/29/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Who says only America has a major political crisis that threatens to destroy the country. Following earlier press reports that Spanish PM Zapatero would dissolve government on September 26 in order to have a new general election on November 20, which were summarily denied by the government immediately, it only took about 20 minutes for Zapatero to make a TV appearance and admit that there will indeed be early elections. And judging by the recent surge in popular protests a government overthrow appears certain, which means that Spain's entire role in the Euro bailout mechanisms will transfer from asset...
  • Polls project Socialist defeat in Spain's Sunday elections

    05/20/2011 8:05:25 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    (English-language translation) Spanish government President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's [Spanish Workers] Socialist Party [PSOE] may fall in Sunday's regional elections according to polls since the [economic] crisis began, while thousands have taken to the streets for days demanding "real democracy". The closing of the campaign may be marred by the removal by police of those gathered in centric Puerta del Sol [in Madrid] since early this week, following the election authorities' decision on Thursday that no demonstrations will be allowed on Saturday, being the eve of the elections, and Sunday itself. The protests forced the governing party to change the...
  • Spanish Premier Won't Run Again (Obama Praised This Gov't)

    04/04/2011 8:37:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 4/3/11 | J. House
    Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luís Rodríguez Zapatero said he won't run for a third term, in a move calculated to improve his Socialist party's bleak electoral prospects but one that could undermine his authority at a dangerous time.
  • Why Are Pacifist Europeans Declaring War on Libya?

    03/24/2011 10:41:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 23, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    An unintended but highly illuminating irony of the military intervention in Libya is that it has exposed the duplicity behind European pacifism. Ever since taking office in 2004, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has worked overtime to craft his own public persona as a “convinced pacifist.” His first official act as pacifist-in-chief was, famously, to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq. That decision was not only wildly popular with Spanish voters, but it also cemented Zapatero’s pacifist credentials on the world stage. Zapatero has also been careful to appoint only pacifists as Spanish ministers of defense. Zapatero’s first defense...
  • Spain: Zapatero, deposed

    10/26/2010 12:35:23 PM PDT · by J Aguilar · 25 replies
    The Economist ^ | 21 October 2010 | The Economist
    Zapatero's endgame Spain’s prime minister is on the way out. The only question is when CAN things get any worse for José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s beleaguered prime minister? Probably not. Austerity measures, labour reform and strikes have taken their toll: opinion polls show support for his Socialist Party plummeting to 29%, while unemployment, at over 20%, remains twice the euro-zone average. Speculation is rife over who will succeed Mr Zapatero as party leader, and whether he will step down before or after the next general election, due in 2012.
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

    08/15/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/10 | Thomas Lifson
    It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation: ...what's going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia...
  • Demonstrators in Spain protest new abortion law

    07/03/2010 6:20:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | July 3, 2010
    Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest outside Spain's highest court to demand the suspension of a new more liberal abortion law, two days before it was to take effect. The Socialist government's new abortion reforms -- which notably allow all women to end their pregnancies up until 14 weeks -- take effect on Monday. Last year around 115,000 abortions were carried out in Spain, according to the health ministry. The vast majority took place in private clinics and were justified on the grounds that the pregnancy posed a "psychological risk" for the health of the woman.
  • Planting The Prophetic Dagger

    06/13/2010 2:48:35 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies · 442+ views
    RaptureAlert.com ^ | June 12, 2010 | Michael G. Mickey
    Fresh off of giving the opening address at the annual Bilderberg Group's meeting, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, is calling for the EU to adopt a "strong, joint EU position" on Gaza and Israel's blockade of it. The following is an excerpt from an EUBusiness.com article on the topic: "Zapatero said his foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, would propose to his EU colleagues at a meeting on Monday that the 27-nation bloc "clearly declare itself in favour of ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip." Moratinos said in a...
  • “The Brain” Says Spain Should Mainly Try to Rein

    Rob Port of Say Anything wins the Grand Rants Calling A Spade A Spade Award with his post: Hypocrite: Obama Calls On Spain To Rein In Government Debt...
  • Spain's Unemployment Rate Breached 20%

    04/30/2010 4:10:31 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies · 557+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/30/2010 | Wall Street Journal
    MADRID--Spain's unemployment rate breached 20% in the first quarter as the country's ailing economy, reeling from the collapse of a decade-long construction boom, continued to shed jobs, Spain's National Statistics Institute said Friday. The INE said first-quarter unemployment rose to 20.05% from 18.83% in the fourth quarter of last year, confirming leaked data published by a Spanish newspaper earlier this week. Spain's first-quarter unemployment rate is the highest in the developed world, Spain's highest since 1997 and it surpasses the government's predictions, which forecast a 19% unemployment rate at the end of this year.
  • The Chief of the Spanish Intelligence During 3/11, New Ambassador in the US

    06/27/2008 8:13:35 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 4 replies · 302+ views
    EL MUNDO newspaper / Libertad Digital ^ | 26 June 2008 | Fernando Múgica
    Dezcallar Endorsed the Information Ana Palacio Gave to the UN on 3/11 A day after the bloody attacks of 3/11, the then Secretary of State [foreign minister Ana Palacio] obtained from the UN a clear condemnation against ETA. According to what reveals this Thursday EL MUNDO newspaper, before and after undertaking this mission, Ana Palacio confirmed in multiple opportunities that information with the director of the CNI, Jorge Dezcallar. In all the calls, the top person in charge of Spanish intelligence assured that the data on the ETA responsibility was truthful. Now, the one who was appointed by Aznar in...
  • Mr. Bean Ousts PM From Spain's Official Website

    01/05/2010 3:12:09 AM PST · by Bon mots · 17 replies · 964+ views
    The Register ^ | 5th January 2010 | Dan Goodin
    Spain's prime minister was briefly ousted from that country's official website after hackers replaced his likeness with that of bumbling slapstick character Mr. Bean. Representatives for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero confirmed the defacement of www.eu2010.es but insisted data on the site was never compromised, the BBC reported. Instead, the stunt was done using cross-site scripting attack, which injects unauthorized content and code into vulnerable websites. People who tried to visit the PM's site site were briefly met by an image of Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson. Comparisons between the appearance of Spain's leader and the buffoon have been...
  • Hydra-headed leadership takes over the EU

    12/29/2009 5:33:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 181+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 29, 2009
    A new-look leadership structure designed to streamline the European Union begins in earnest on Friday when Spain assumes the rotating presidency alongside the bloc's first president, Herman Van Rompuy. But as Spain's prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Van Rompuy and the head of the EU commission José Manuel Barroso jostle for position at the bloc's top table, critics say that the situation is risks becoming more hydra than hybrid. .... Van Rompuy's position was created under the terms of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which also creates the role of a foreign policy and security supremo, a post that the...
  • Report: Obama Sent Secret Message to Castro

    10/25/2009 5:13:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 2,630+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 25, 2009
    MADRID - U.S. President Barack Obama asked Spain to send Cuba a message about reform when he met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier this month, the newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday. Six days after their meeting on October 13 at the White House, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos visited the Caribbean island and met President Raul Castro. "Have (Moratinos) tell the Cuban authorities we understand that change can't happen overnight, but down the road, when we look back at this time, it should be clear that now is when those changes began," Obama told Zapatero, according...
  • Heckles for Zapatero as Spain feels the pain (see where 0 is taking us)

    10/13/2009 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Stultis · 16 replies · 894+ views
    euronews ^ | October 12, 2009
    Watch the video report at the source. Crowd yells at Mr. Bean to resign. Downthread I'll post some other recent news about Spain and the disasterous leadership of Zapatero and his socialists. Seems like a good time for a round up since Mr. Bean met with Captain 0 today. (Bambi pawned off some Gitmo detainees on Bean.) You will easily note the many similarities between Zippytero and Dear Leader. I mean besides the funny ears.
  • Zapatero Falls out with its Biggest Media Group

    10/12/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 4 replies · 607+ views
    The Economist ^ | 1 October 2009 | The Economist
    FEW tiffs are as nasty as those between old friends. A bitter bust-up between Spain’s prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the media giant Prisa, publisher of the newspaper El País, mirrors the intimacy that once reigned. It also highlights problems on both sides.
  • Spanish Prime Minister's Daughters Pictured For The First Time... Looking Like Goths

    09/29/2009 1:45:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies · 2,446+ views
    Daily Mail(UK) ^ | September 29, 2009
    Spanish Prime Minister's Daughters Pictured For The First Time... Looking Like Goths [Pic in URL] [Pictures taken of the Spanish prime minister with his wife and daughters alongside Michelle and Barack Obama have caused a stir, not least because the teenagers look like goths] By Daily Mail Reporter 29th September 2009 The official photos, taken at the Museum of Modern Art where the Obamas were hosting a dinner, were uploaded onto the U.S. state department's Flickr page. Unlike the Obamas, Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has always tried to keep his daughters, Laura, 16, and Alba, 13, out...
  • Spain's Goth First Daughters Embarrass, Embarrassed By Dad

    09/29/2009 6:43:23 AM PDT · by Callahan · 60 replies · 3,777+ views
    The Gawker ^ | 9/29/09 | Pareene
    Here's Barack and Michelle Obama with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his family. The State Department uploaded it to Flickr. (What an unlikely sentence!) Whoops—no one in Spain has ever seen Zapatero's Goth daughters before! According to Zapatero, Spanish law allows him to prevent the Spanish media from running any photographs of his 16 and 13-year-old daughters Laura and Alba. For their privacy, see. And because maybe it would be considered weird for the PM to have goth daughters, but it totally shouldn't be. It is a natural part of life, becoming a teenaged goth. Click to...
  • Photo of Spanish PM’s goth daughters causes stir

    09/28/2009 9:48:19 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 79 replies · 3,862+ views
    The picture (see here), taken at a reception given by President Obama for world leaders attending the UN General Assembly, caused a huge stir because no one in Spain has ever seen Prime Minister Zapatero’s goth daughters before. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a Goth. Really, there isn’t. But Zapatero prevents the Spanish media from running any photographs of his kids to protect their privacy. His office called the White House to remove the image from the US State Department’s Flickr page and the West Wing withdrew it. But it was too late! Many in-boxes were swamped with...
  • U.N. Photo Disaster [Meghan McCain]

    09/28/2009 11:52:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 102 replies · 5,782+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-09-28 | Meghan McCain
    The teenage daughters of Spain’s prime minister were ridiculed for dressing “Goth” with the Obamas. Meghan McCain on the perils of being a politician’s kid. Over the weekend I was emailed and tweeted an image of the prime minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and his family standing with President and Michelle Obama at the United Nations. The photo was uploaded onto the White House Flickr account but soon taken down because apparently the young girls are not seen or photographed in their country, so as to protect their privacy. When I first saw the picture, I didn’t understand...
  • Photo of Obama and Spain's First Children Causes a Stir

    09/27/2009 3:47:38 PM PDT · by machogirl · 559 replies · 26,875+ views
    Washington Whispers ^ | 9/25/09 | Alex Kingsbury
    Photo of Obama and Spain's First Children Causes a Stir September 25, 2009 04:53 PM ET | Paul Bedard, Alex Kingsbury | Permanent Link | Print By Alex Kingsbury, Washington Whispers Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was in for a rude shock if he thought the same privacy conventions that shield the children of public figures in his home country would extend to the United States. Zapatero brought his wife and two daughters along on his trip to New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, and on Wednesday he and his family posed...
  • Spain tips into depression

    09/26/2009 12:43:41 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 25 replies · 2,428+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2009 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Spain is sliding into a full-blown economic depression with unemployment approaching levels not seen since the Second Republic of the 1930s and little chance of recovery until well into the next decade
  • Sarkozy visits Spain after ‘Zapatero remarks’ controversy

    04/27/2009 4:15:04 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 17 replies · 1,965+ views
    FRANCE 24 ^ | April 27, 2009 | staff
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero on Monday on a state visit to Madrid that was to include some political sweet-talk after Sarkozy allegedly described Zapatero as “dim”. Accompanied by his wife, Italian former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French president first met with King Juan Carlos for a visit full of pageantry. On Tuesday, he’ll join Zapatero for talks on combating both the economic crisis and the Basque separatist group ETA. Sarkozy said on Monday evening that relations between the two countries have never been “as strong as they are now”, and stressed that France...
  • Hundreds of Thousands March For Life In Spain (Obama's culture of death laws going global)

    04/01/2009 11:53:34 AM PDT · by chase19 · 8 replies · 359+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Tuesday March 31, 2009 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    Hundreds of Thousands March For Life In Spain By Thaddeus M. Baklinski MADRID, March 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates filled the streets and plazas of cities throughout Spain on March 29 in protest against legislation proposed by the Spanish Socialist government to liberalize the country's abortion laws. The country-wide demonstrations were organized by Spain's pro-life associations Derecho a Vivir (Right to Life), Hazte Oír (Make Yourself Heard), Doctors for Life, and ProLife Madrid. The organizers estimated that 500,000 people took part in rallies in more than 80 cities across Spain, with AFP reporting an estimated...
  • Biden to Zapatero: Hey, thanks for all that help in Iraq

    Barcepundit catches Joe Biden in Spain doing … well, what Joe Biden does best. Joe Biden remembered to thank Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero for all the help he gave us in Iraq, except that the only thing Zapatero gave us in Iraq was the finger:
  • Biden to Zapatero: Hey, thanks for all that help in Iraq

    03/29/2009 10:47:06 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 945+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 28, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barcepundit catches Joe Biden in Spain doing … well, what Joe Biden does best. Joe Biden remembered to thank Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero for all the help he gave us in Iraq, except that the only thing Zapatero gave us in Iraq was the finger:
  • Energy trumps democracy in Spanish-Russian ties

    03/02/2009 6:49:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 315+ views
    AFP ^ | March 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko
    Trade issues overshadowed discussion of democracy issues Monday on the first day of a state visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Spain as Madrid announced it would sign an energy cooperation agreement with Moscow. "We will tomorrow sign a broad energy cooperation agreement in the areas of prospecting, exploration, transportation and the sale of hydrocarbons," Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said at a civil society forum. "Russia has one of the greatest energy depositories on earth. All of that makes Russia a necessary country, a country attractive for both investment and international trade," he added, with Medvedev...
  • Ruling Socialists suffer setbacks in Spanish polls

    03/01/2009 5:41:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 639+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/1/09 | Denholm Barnetson
    MADRID (AFP) – Spain's ruling Socialists were ousted from power in Galicia and trailed the incumbent party in the Basque Country in regional elections on Sunday seen as the first test of voter sentiment since the country plunged into recession. In northwestern Galicia, the Socialist leader of the regional government, Emilio Perez Torino, conceded defeat to the conservative opposition Popular Party, which won a majority of 39 seats in the 75-seat regional assembly. The leader of the PP at the national level, Mariano Rajoy, had campaigned hard in his native Galicia with a victory in the regional polls seen as...
  • Israel objects to Spanish PM presence at anti-war rally

    01/12/2009 3:08:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 389+ views
    euobserver.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | LEIGH PHILLIPS
    As Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos lands in the Middle East to support a proposed Franco-Egyptian peace plan, a minor diplomatic row has broken out between Madrid and Tel Aviv over the presence of Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero at an anti-war protest over the weekend. On Saturday (10 January), Mr Zapatero addressed a demonstration in Ourense, Galicia, calling the Jewish state's actions "excessive" and saying: "It is my duty to call on Israel to implement an immediate cease-fire." The rally, as with others throughout the country, had been organised by NGOs, trade unions and the prime minister's own...
  • Spain's opposition slams Repsol sale to Russia's Lukoil

    11/22/2008 3:31:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 437+ views
    AFP ^ | November 22, 2008
    Spain's conservative opposition leader Saturday hit out at the possible sale of a stake in oil major Repsol to Russian energy group Lukoil, saying he would do "everything possible" to prevent it. "Nobody in Europe has sold its energy supply and put it in the hands of a Russian company," Mariano Rajoy told a political meeting. He said such a sale would be "immoral and unjust" and he would do "everything possible to prevent it happening." He was backed by Socialist former prime minister Felipe Gonzalez, who also opposed any deal. Spanish media said Lukoil could acquire 29.9 percent of...
  • Barack Obama's New Best Friend

    11/13/2008 6:50:02 AM PST · by AJKauf · 4 replies · 410+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 12, 2008 | Soeren Kern
    Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero’s high-minded post-modern rhetoric brings to mind another would-be messiah. Indeed, the big news splattered across headlines all over Spain recently has been that, with the election victory of Barack Obama, Zapatero may now finally get his long-awaited invitation to the White House. Obama is now Zapatero’s new best friend. The two were born the same day, albeit one year apart; the two are parents of two daughters; and their favorite sport is basketball. As far as matters of state are concerned, they discussed how Spain might help solve the international financial crisis (Spain is in an...
  • 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,...
  • Spain: Who is Really Pulling the Strings?

    09/21/2008 12:05:04 PM PDT · by J Aguilar · 3 replies · 288+ views
    EL MUNDO - Libertad Digital ^ | 1 June 2008 | Libertad Digital
    The microphones betray again the president Lara, to Zapatero: “Don’t Burn You Out with These Issues”The open microphones have betrayed Zapatero again. In an episode that remembers the "tensión" on which Gabilondo spoke in the heat of the campaign, [see also this] the president clarified why he helps talking about crisis. "If you instil much pessimism, if you do not say anything positive, it is worse", the president told his host, Jose Manuel Lara, before giving his lecture in the Circle of Economy. The [media] businessman advised him “not to burn him out" with those subjects. The result of adress:...
  • Did McCain Diss Spain?

    09/18/2008 6:14:43 AM PDT · by steve-b · 39 replies · 256+ views
    Time ^ | 8/18/08 | Lisa Abend
    You gotta feel for José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Here the Spanish prime minister is only four months from an end to his government's strained relations with that of President George W. Bush and blam! — along comes John McCain to suggest the next four years might not be any better. During an interview in Miami earlier this week with Spanish-language station Union Radio, a reporter asked McCain whether, if elected, he would receive Zapatero in the White House. McCain answered, "Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations, and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer...
  • Spain's New Defense Minister Is Pregnant

    04/17/2008 5:11:56 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 53 replies · 381+ views
    AP and AOL News ^ | 16 April 08 | DANIEL WOOLLS
    MADRID, Spain (April 16) - Here's an image Spaniards will not soon forget: their new defense minister, reviewing trim, crisply uniformed soldiers, with her baby bump on display. Wearing a black pants suit and a white maternity blouse, Chacon reviews troops in Madrid on Monday after being sworn in as defense minister. She is one of nine women in Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Cabinet, compared to eight men. The surprise appointment of Carme Chacon, age 37 and with no military experience, is the boldest statement yet from a Socialist government that has made gender equality one of its...
  • Socialists Re-Elected in Spain

    03/09/2008 7:03:31 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 86 replies · 2,579+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 10, 2008 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    Spain’s governing Socialists triumphed in elections on Sunday, giving Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero a fresh mandate to pursue his agenda of sweeping social, cultural and political liberalization. Despite a bitterly fought campaign, the outcome seemed to endorse some of Mr. Zapatero’s boldest decisions, including the withdrawal of Spain’s troops from Iraq, the granting of more autonomy to Spain’s rebellious regions, simplified divorce and the legalization of homosexual marriage. “I will govern by continuing with the things that we’ve done well and correcting mistakes,” Mr. Zapatero said in accepting victory outside his party headquarters. He added, “I will govern...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's poll lead falters as good times fade in Spain

    03/04/2008 11:25:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 110+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/5/2008 | Thomas Catan in Madrid
    The pre-election battle in Spain has grown increasingly bitter as economic problems mount for the Socialist Government New figures showing rising unemployment, sinking house prices and a stalling economy have rocked the Spanish Government in the final days of a bitterly fought general election. Hours after being proclaimed the victor of the second televised debate José Luis RodrÍguez Zapatero, the Socialist Prime Minister, struggled to explain why more than 50,000 Spaniards lost their jobs last month. Unemployment now tops 2.3 million, or 8.6 per cent, as struggling construction firms make workers redundant and the property bubble deflates. The two main...
  • Spain arrests 14 terror suspects (Bomb materials found; "Imminent attack" planned)

    01/19/2008 7:22:27 AM PST · by Stoat · 39 replies · 719+ views
    The BBC ^ | Januray 19, 2008
    Spain arrests 14 terror suspects   Spain is still haunted by the Madrid bombings - carried out by Islamists Bomb-related material has been found during raids in Barcelona which led to the arrest of 14 people suspected of links with an Islamist terror network. Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the suspects included 12 from Pakistan and two from India. Local media reports that the Spanish intelligence agency had warned France, the UK and Portugal that a terror cell was preparing an imminent attack. This coincides with a European tour by Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. Radical threat Police...
  • Caption Bill Clinton

    11/23/2007 5:14:50 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 39 replies · 61+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 19,2007
    Former U.S. president Bill Clinton makes a statement after a meeting with Spain's prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Zapatero and Clinton met to discuss global warming, poverty, AIDS and other issues the former U.S. president is addressing through a private foundation he created in 2005. (AP Photo/Paul White)
  • Spain king 'arrogant' says Chavez

    11/15/2007 10:33:47 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 20 replies · 213+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 11/14/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has accused Spain's King Juan Carlos of "arrogance" after he told Mr Chavez to shut up during a summit in Chile.
  • Castro criticizes socialist Latin American leaders

    11/11/2007 10:24:06 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 8 replies · 101+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 11, 2007 | Marc Frank
    HAVANA - Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro openly criticized Latin America's socialist-leaning presidents for the first time on Sunday. Castro also praised Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his other revolutionary regional allies in a commentary carried by official Cuban media on the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. Nearly all 19 leaders who attended the summit were leftists, but there was debate over the region's future and the closing speeches on Saturday were marked by sharp exchanges..."I listened with great sorrow to the speeches pronounced from traditional left positions at the Ibero-American summit," Castro wrote. He was apparently referring to the...
  • Spanish King tells Chavez to "Shut UP"

    11/11/2007 8:52:38 AM PST · by television is just wrong · 47+ views
    Spanish king tells Chavez to ‘shut up‘ 2007/11 By EDUARDO GALLARDO, Associated Press Writer 4 minutes ago SANTIAGO, Chile - The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human." "Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of...
  • Former Spanish president Aznar calls the King and Zapatero to thank them for their support

    11/11/2007 6:59:50 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 100+ views
    El Pais ^ | 10/11/2007
    Madrid - Former Spanish chief of state José Maria Aznar spoke with the King of Spain and with current prime minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero this afternoon to thank them for the support they expressed for him in the Iberoamerican meeting yesterday in Santiago de Chile after Aznar was criticized by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The conversation with Zapatero was brief, just 10 minutes, and took place after Zapatero placed a floral offering at the memorial to victims of the military dictatorship in Argentina...government sources have confirmed Zapatero responded to Aznar, saying, "I acted according to my principles and for...