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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Inching Away From Bullfighting and Its Macho B.S.

Catalonia has imposed a 2012 ban on the tradition, which is losing support throughout Spain. Could this toxic mix of blood lust and male preening finally be on its way out?

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


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At Least the German Economy’s Growing

The U.S. economy is still an unholy mess, but someone is doing something right over in Germany, which reported record growth over the three-month period from April through June—the biggest such spike since the once-split nation reunified.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Give the First Lady a Break

As a political matter, the mother-daughter getaway to a five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was not a good idea. But I’d just as soon not have my First Family vacations determined by focus groups.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Prop. 8, Jobs and Spanish Getaways

With the job market in a scary slump and a slow economy to boot, President Obama may be in for a politically treacherous time. Is Prop. 8 a human rights or a moral issue? And what’s with all the hubbub about Michelle Obama in Spain?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Wikimedia Commons / MarcusObal

Catalonia Hangs Up the Matador’s Cape

Depending on one’s perspective, the Spanish region of Catalonia’s decision to ban bullfighting represents either the beginning of the end of a time-honored tradition or a much-needed move in the direction of the humane treatment of animals. Actually, there may also be a third option.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


Full Face Transplant Recipient

Spanish doctors say they are ready to release “Oscar,” the recipient of the first 100 percent face transplant. Previous transplants in France and the United States were only partial. Warning: This video might disturb some viewers.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Bernat Armangue

Spain Wins the World Cup

For the first time in the country’s history, Spain has won soccer’s coveted World Cup, defeating the Netherlands’ national team on Sunday in a tense match that ended after a late goal in extra time.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


Germans Threaten to Eat Their Psychic Octopus

Have you heard of Paul, the German octopus of British extraction who has a perfect 6-0 record in predicting World Cup matches? Well, he chose Spain to win and, for his betrayal of the fatherland, some Germans are demanding he be turned into paella—or worse.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / nomadic f-stops

Banning the Burqa

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Spain is getting enshrined into law, with legislation banning the burqa being passed in villages across northeast Spain, legitimizing xenophobic views in the Catalan region where most communities have few if any Muslim inhabitants.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Spill, Sestak and Spain

This week’s “Left, Right & Center” features a cameo appearance from David Frum, who fills in for the show’s Mr. Right, Tony Blankley, to take on the week’s big topics: the BP oil spill, Joe Sestak, Spain and the global economy. 

Posted on May 28, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / Partido Socialist

Spain Bites the Bullet

As the euro continues to tank and European countries scramble to deal with shrinking economic forecasts, Spain has proposed slashing its spending plans by nearly 8 percent next year as it struggles to deal with financial turbulence.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rogério do Amaral Ribeiro

The ‘Right’ Kind of Justice

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended in preparation for a trial in which he is accused of overstepping his authority. The court case comes after a wave of complaints from far-right groups.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Andres Rueda (CC-BY-ND)

What’s Euro Problem?

The once-mighty euro, a currency that humbled American tourists in its day, has sunk to a 13-month low against the dollar. Greece’s impending bailout apparently isn’t settling nerves in the eurozone, which includes other major economies that look a little wobbly as of late.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Hector Lopez-Berges

Spain’s ‘Desempleo’ Rate at 20%

With all the focus on job losses here at home, we sometimes forget how the economic crisis—which originated in the U.S.—has affected other countries. Official figures in Spain, for example, show that that country’s unemployment rate has hit 20 percent, highest in the eurozone.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Greece, Frightening

Sure, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein once crowed that his firm was “doing God’s work,” but, as Stephen Colbert points out here, Blankfein never actually specified which God he was talking about. Perhaps it was Hades, Greek god of the underworld. Given the state of the Greek economy, that may not be too much of a stretch.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Vincent Michel

‘Most Senior’ ETA Leader Arrested

Even as the Basque separatist ETA signals a willingness to move toward peace, one of its top leaders—whom many are calling the “most senior”—has been arrested in France before a commando operation that allegedly was to be carried out in Spain.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / kontrainformatu

ETA May Drop Arms

In a potentially historic development for Spain, the political wing of the ETA—the Basque separatist group—has announced it will call for the organization to lay down its arms after 40 years. Leaders of the wing are urging the organization, which has been in decline, to focus on bringing the issue of separatism back to the center of Basque politics.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Lee Carson

Spanish Gov’t to Set Limits on Diet-Related TV Ads

The Spanish government is cracking down on television advertising that promotes weight-loss products and other related goods and services, including plastic surgery, by creating legislation that would bar the ads from being shown until after 10 p.m.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / S. Lo

Olé! Catalonia Takes Steps to Stop Bullfighting

The northeast Spanish province of Catalonia has made the first step toward banning the practice of bullfighting, a cultural phenomenon but also a sizable thorn in the side of animal rights activists.

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Open Clip Art Library

Portugal’s Gay Marriage Proposal

Portugal is likely to become the sixth European nation—after Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands—to legalize gay marriage. The Portuguese government has proposed to change the country’s official definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Wayne National Forest

Solar Power: Cheaper Than Ever

Spain accounted for almost half of the world’s solar power market in 2008, thanks to a Spanish subsidy that is now ending. The subsidy change, combined with an increased supply of solar equipment from China and Taiwan, has crashed international demand. Now solar modules are selling for half what they used to, according to a report on Global Post.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / sarihuella

Swine Flu on the Verge of Pandemic

With news of the first swine flu death outside of Mexico (U.S.) and the first infection of a patient with no connection to Mexico (Spain), the World Health Organization has reclassified the health scare one level short of a full pandemic and has urged governments to initiate emergency measures.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP photo / Brennan Linsley, pool

Spain May Take Some Guantanamo Prisoners

So, President Obama has made it clear that he wants the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba closed in a year, but that leaves at least one huge question unanswered: Where will the prisoners go? Looks like Spain might be one option.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


Latino Leaders
AP photo / Andre Penner

Latin Leaders Rebuke U.S.

In a summit that celebrated the absence of the U.S. on its guest list, Latin American leaders met in Brazil to discuss a post-U.S. hegemonic world. The talks, which centered on the “demise” of the capitalist model, also snubbed former colonizing nations Portugal and Spain in a further demonstration of the increasing political autonomy of the region.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


Garzon
eitb24.com

Digging Into Franco’s Bloody Reign

An acclaimed Spanish judge has ordered the unearthing of some of the unmarked graves of the tens of thousands who were killed during the first two decades of Gen. Francisco Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, formally declaring the repression by Franco and associates as a “crime against humanity.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Zapatero

McCain, Spain ... Explain?

OK, so you may have read about or heard this interview of John McCain by Miami’s Radio Caracol during which the candidate had some kind of communication malfunction while discussing his foreign policy strategy vis-à-vis Latin America and Spain. What exactly happened?

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Anne Frank musical
AP photo / Victor R. Caivano

Anne Frank: The Musical

There’s an adage that cautions against making jokes about such categorically unfunny topics as the Holocaust ... but how about making musicals? This just in: The BBC brings word from Spain of the staging of a new musical, “Anne Frank: A Song to Life,” which at times features “Kitty,” a perhaps unwisely (and too literally) conceived character.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 13, 2007 ENLARGE


Spain’s King Tells Chavez to ‘Shut Up’

King Juan Carlos of Spain had apparently had enough of Hugo Chavez when he said to the Venezuelan president: “Why don’t you shut up?” The public scolding took place at the 22-nation Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile, and was precipitated by Chavez’s attempts to paint former Spanish prime minister and Bush supporter Jose Maria Aznar as a fascist, which is a touchy term to use in front of the man who ended nearly four decades of fascist rule.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE


Spanish Prince
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Spanish Court Nixes Naughty Cartoon

Someone page Larry Flynt, stat!  A Spanish high court judge has ordered a recall of all copies of the satire magazine El Jueves that featured a cartoon of Spain’s Prince Felipe engaging in conjugal relations with his wife, former TV journalist Letizia Ortiz. Updated

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon

Six U.N. peacekeepers from the Spanish army were killed Sunday when their vehicle was attacked with an explosive device. Condoleezza Rice, her French and Spanish counterparts and even Hezbollah have all condemned the attack. No one has claimed responsibility. Tensions have been high in Lebanon with Lebanese forces battling an extremist militant group for over a month.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


Voices From the Spanish Civil War

A group of American veterans from the Spanish Civil War recently gathered to commemorate their fight against fascism before it was a popular cause. They fought for freedom and civil liberties, and they have a few words to say about our current morass.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


madrid
AP

Madrid Memorial Unveiled at Atocha Station

Victims of the Madrid train bombings were honored today with a dedication ceremony for the new 36-foot glass memorial at the city’s Atocha station. Terrorist explosions at or near the station three years ago claimed 191 lives and injured more than 1,700. 

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Madrid bombing
news.bbc.co.uk

Madrid Bombing Raises ETA Concerns

At least four people were injured when a car bomb exploded at the Madrid airport on Saturday. If the separatist group ETA is responsible, as the Spanish government has charged, the blast would signal the end of a cease-fire that began in March.

Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE


Hallelujah! Spanish Leader Snubs Pope

More than a million worshipers in Spain showed up to hear the pope deliver a homily in which he made a veiled attack on Spain’s liberal legal attitude toward gay marriage and divorce. Conspicuously not in attendance: the Spanish prime minister. It’s apparently the first time in history that a Spanish leader has missed such an address.
Que bueno. Memo to Pope Benedict XVI: Keep on dressing up hate speech as The Good News and you’ll continue to be marginalized by more-enlightened world leaders.

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
From Emilio Naranjo / EPA/ Time Mag

The Pope Apparently Has God’s Playbook

And he’s using it to make statements like this to an audience in Spain, where same-sex marriages were legalized last year: “The family is a unique institution in God’s plan, and the church cannot fail to proclaim and promote its fundamental importance.?
God, what a guy: powerful enough to create a universe but still needs the help of a former Hitler Youth to stigmatize homosexuals.

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Austrians Top ‘Sexually Satisfied’ List

University of Chicago researchers collected reports on sexual satisfaction across the globe. The U.S. took fifth place. The big loser: Japan.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


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