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Climate and Economy Fan Flames in Spain

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

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The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

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Royal Succession in Spain

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King Juan Carlos of Spain Is Bidding ‘Adios’ to His Throne

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that King Juan Carlos, a man who played a crucial role in his country’s transition into democracy, has expressed his desire to renounce his place as the monarch of Spain.

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Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Located Near Haiti, Researcher Claims

An underwater investigator from the U.S. by the name of Barry Clifford believes that he has spotted the submerged hulk of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria ship, which sank during the Spanish explorer’s notorious voyage to the Caribbean in 1492.

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Spanish Police Arrest 24 in Madrid After Anti-Austerity Protest

Spanish police detained 24 people during street violence late Saturday after a large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were injured.

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Meanwhile in Spain, Conservatives Are Outlawing Abortion Again

Spain’s two main political parties are playing pingpong with women’s reproductive rights.

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Meet the People ‘Being the Change’

In search of communities striving to build viable alternatives to scorched earth capitalism, a documentary team profiled people in Spain, Estonia and Indonesia who are creating underground economies that serve them, rather than waiting for political parties and corporate institutions to engender humane social change.

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Spanish Feminists Say %$&#* to Best-Seller ‘Get Married and Be Submissive’

A Catholic archbishop-published book runs up the Amazon best-seller list—and infuriates most of the rest of the country that didn’t buy the book. Among its gems: Women “like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”

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Madrid Eurovegas Plan Nixed

Due to some disagreements between the Spanish government and Las Vegas Sands—you know, basic things such as the U.S. casino operator’s demands for lower gambling taxes and exemption from indoor smoking bans—the project to make a European version of Las Vegas has fallen through.

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The Village Against the World

Nestled in farmland about 60 miles from Seville, Spain, is Marinaleda, a functioning utopia—every villager has work and housing, mortgages are 15 euro a month, and foreclosures and police don’t exist.

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‘Robbed of Their Right to Die in Peace’

A picture of betrayed trust emerges in reports of the bank theft of the last group of Spaniards who seem to have any money—hundreds of thousands of elderly pensioners.

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Spain and Many Others Are in Cahoots With the NSA

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that Spain’s intelligence agency collaborated with the NSA to track the phone calls of millions of Spaniards. And Spain’s not the only country that’s been caught red-handed. It appears the U.S. isn’t alone in its obsession with spying on its own inhabitants.

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Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’

As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”

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Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Wahbi killed 130 people in that suicide bombing on the al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1 of last year, according to Spanish authorities. And the numbers get grimmer.

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Spain’s Railway Infrastructure

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Train Conducter Arrested in Spain After Crash Leaves 78 Dead

Francisco Garzón is expected to make his first court appearance Sunday evening in connection with the deadly train derailment that has left the country in mourning.

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Larry Summers Again? Really?

President Obama seriously wants to nominate one of the men who caused the recession to chair the Fed; researchers are finding many animals, especially rodents, are smarter than the average human; and Detroit is suffering because of the auto industry’s utterly capitalist decision to put shareholders before everyone else. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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More Sunshine in Spain Not Always Good News

A study shows that cloud cover has been falling in Spain since the 1980s leading to new opportunities in solar power generation but also increased risks of desertification and harm to human health.

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Clouds of Recession Gather Over Northern Europe

A gloomy forecast for the sales of a German automaker portends the possible spread of Southern Europe’s economic crisis to other parts of the continent—and the world.

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My Father, Thatcher’s ‘Enemy Within’

I couldn’t face the “state” funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, who was for the first half of his long and hardworking life a South Wales coal miner deep “down the pit” in Cwmgrach, and one of the “enemies within,” as the former prime minister put it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


EU Debt Crisis

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Flamenco Is ‘A Bird With Very Long Legs’ (Video)

Aging Spanish flamenco artist Manuel Molina gives sensitive, forceful expression to the common things of life: singing with the voice one has, learning trust and mistrust, going without food, and enjoying the company of friends.

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The Confirmed Insanity of Austerity

Austerity threw the 17 countries that use the euro back into recession in the third quarter of 2012. As a result, unemployment is expected to rise 12.2 percent, leaving half of young people in Spain and Greece without jobs, and public debts—the expressed target of the reductions—are growing as well.

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Obama to Set Deportation Record

By 2014, the Obama administration will have deported more people than were expelled from 1892 to 1997; a majority of Californians believe that increasing the number of guidance counselors in schools would be more beneficial for safety than adding armed police officers; and while some see the fall of print journalism as a tragedy, others see it as an opportunity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

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Jailbreak Your Smartphone, Go to Jail

As though we don’t have enough absurd laws in the U.S., a new one has passed criminalizing the unlocking of mobile devices; the U.S. is spending $400,000 a day to keep innocent people incarcerated in Guantanamo; and this Sunday is the Super Bowl, when we watch men cause one another brain trauma. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

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Anti-Austerity General Strike Sweeps Europe

Millions of Europeans are protesting spending cuts and tax increases during a continent-wide general strike that comes days after a 53-year-old woman in Spain committed suicide as she was about to be evicted.

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Secession in Spain

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Spanish Leadership

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75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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More Cuts and Pain Coming to Spain

In exchange for a eurozone bailout of $123 billion, Spain’s conservative government Wednesday slashed $80 billion from its budget over the next two and a half years through a combination of sales tax hikes and spending cuts. That’s in addition to $92 billion dropped by the country’s previous administration.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


Euro and Spain

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Collapsing Eurozone

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Euro Bailouts Flag

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Spain’s Broke

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Saving the Euro Might Mean a United States of Europe

European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU’s fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.

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Bolivia Nationalizes Electrical Grid

As neighboring Argentina brings its oil supply under state control, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced last week that his government has placed the country’s electricity sector under public ownership by seizing the main power grid from a Spanish company.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Gloom and Doom on the Global Job Front

In the wake of the 2008 crash and the widespread government-imposed austerity that followed, high levels of long-term and youth unemployment across the globe are in danger of becoming fixed, according to an annual report by the International Labor Organization.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


Spain and the Crisis as His Shield

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Spanish Government Goes for Big Austerity Cuts

Remember when austerity sounded more like an obscure SAT word than cause for international economic panic? This time around, it’s the Spaniards who are feeling the pinch, as their government has announced major budget cuts for the year.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Spanish Workers Strike to Protest Reforms

Strikers all but halted road, rail and air services in Spain on Thursday as part of a one-day general strike against austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s recently elected conservative government.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



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S&P Downgrades and Banks: Threats to Global Stability

The markets weren’t shocked by last week’s wave of pre-broadcast S&P sovereign debt downgrades. For months, the question wasn’t “if” but “when.” And true to form, just as with the U.S. downgrade, S&P’s reasoning skated the surface of prevailing wisdom.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany’s Jobless Rate Drops to 20-Year Low

If only we could import a little bit of Germany right now—in a good way. Unlike many of its European neighbors, Germany is enjoying a bit of an economic boost in that its unemployment rate dropped to a record low for the month of December.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: Austerity Still Doesn’t Work

Is anyone in the Obama administration listening to Paul Krugman? Maybe, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, but only at the end of a year in which political insistence on the need to reduce short-term deficits with spending cuts slid the economy and much of the American public further into ruin.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE



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More Austerity Coming to Spain

Spain announced a package of spending cuts and tax increases Friday after the new government said the budget shortfall is deeper than the outgoing administration had led it to believe. Meaningful structural reforms have yet to be proposed, and the full extent of the cuts is unlikely to be made known until after regional elections in late March.

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Quarreling EU

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