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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 READ MORE


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


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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


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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


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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


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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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