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June 9, 2014

Basque human chain for democracy : another victory for peace

   Tens of thousands of people have joined hands to form a human chain 123 kilometres (76 miles) long in support of democracy and against spanish occupation of the southern basque country. The organizers of  ‘Gure Esku Dago’ (It’s in our hands) initially said that around 50,000 people would be just enough to cover the distance of 123 km. But the turnout went beyond expectations with some reports indicating that more than 150,000 people eventually took part in the campaign.  Demonstrators draped in red-white-and-green Basque flags raised their linked hands as helicopters flew over the line stretching from the city of Durango to Iruña/Pamplona some 76 miles away, crossing the four basque historical territories at the South of the country under Spanish occupation. TV images show how people began to link up at noon Sunday forming a continuous line along a road linking all the southern basque cities:

  A long economic crisis and political corruption scandals have triggered broad public disenchantment with key institutions that anchor the so called “Spain’s democracy”, formed in the 1970s after a long dictatorship. Support for the Spanish nationalists parties, once-dominant in a few basque cities, (the Spanish Socialists and Spanish centre-right People’s Party), has fallen dramatically in , independence movements are resurging again stronger than ever in Catalonia and the Basque Country, and on Saturday thousands marched in Madrid and other cities calling for the abolition of the monarchy that was reinstated in 1975 by Franco’s fascist regime. That same day, while the Spanish institutional mafia was celebrating the day of their gunmen with shots and hails to violence and war, a peacefull army of thousands and thousands of unarmed and democratic basque soldiers won another battle versus Spanish barbarism:

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In recent years basque leaders negotiated more tax independence from Spain. Armed pro-independency group ETA, declared unilaterally an end to its armed struggle in 2011 to carve out an independent Basque state from the basque parts of northern Spain and southern France that are now occupied by both states. In 2005 after decades of war, the Spanish parliament rejected a plan for Basque self-determination without even taking it into consideration: any form of democracy in the Basque Country is totally forbidden if that leads to independence from Spain. Basques are only allowed to vote what the Spanish regime let them, nothing more.The Spanish government also rejected recently a proposal on plans for Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, telling all catalans and basque citizens that there is no democratic way of leaving Spain behind, only the way used by: Puerto Rico, Colombia, Guinea, Philippines, Netherlands, Portugal, Panama, Sahara, Argentina, Mexico, Gibraltar, Ecuador, Cuba, Costa Rica… all of them countries that once were under Spanish occupation, but they manage to become free. Which way they took? That’s what catalan and basque citizens fighting for democracy should now discover.

May 10, 2014

Panamá, ¿un nuevo comienzo?

Panama now has the chance to join the rest of the democratic countries in South America in their struggle against all those foreign enterprises that are still trying to control the economy of the country from Washington or Madrid.

 Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein
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 Panamá es el país más joven de la América hispana. Apenas tiene 110 años. Se independizó de España como parte del Virreinato de Nueva Granada, pero siguió perteneciendo a ésta –y después a Colombia- hasta su formal constitución como estado independiente en noviembre de 1903.

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May 7, 2014

Unicef reconoce atención a niños y adolescentes en Venezuela

una de las muchas realidades de la Revolución Bolivariana que los fascistas a sueldo de intereseses empresariales americanos y españoles tratan de ocultar. Como si a Repsol o Texaco fuese a importarle que los réditos del petroleo venezolano estén beneficiando a niños venezolanos y no a accionistas españoles o americanos

UnicefEl Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef) reconoció hoy aquí los avances en la atención en salud y educación a niños y adolescente durante los 15 años del proceso revolucionario venezolano.

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January 18, 2014

“We don’t want Gibraltar back” said the Spanish king in 1983…will he be able to keep that promise?

 The Monarch chosen by General Franco as his successor as Head of State, admitted in a private conversation with the then British ambassador to Madrid, Richard Parsons, that “it was not to the advantage of Spain to recover Gibraltar” newly declassified documents from the 1980s released by the Foreign Office reveal.”If it did so, King Hassan would immediately reactivate the Moroccan claim of Ceuta and Melilla,” Parsons said in a telegram he sent to the Foreign Office in London on September 7, 1983.        gibraltar

Details of the meeting were released last week by the National Archives in Kew as part of a swathe of secret government papers declassified under the 30-year rule and are likely to cause some discomfort after a year that saw Spain’s government reiterate calls for talks over sovereignty.The king had made the statements “with a burst of his usual frankness”, the ambassador said.    jc

At the time of the meeting, Spain was negotiating its entry into what was then the European Economic Community (EEC), the forerunner of the European Union.
The border between Spain and British-held Gibraltar was shut in 1969 by the Franco regime and only partially opened in 1982. Spain opened the border completely in 1985, a year before it joined the EEC.

According to the telegram, the king “accepted that the opinions of the (Gibraltarian) population must be respected” in the debate over its future — putting him at odds with the Spanish government’s position which was to press for direct talks between London and Madrid.
The king also agreed that “Gibraltar was an emotional issue and we must be sensitive towards public opinion and to the demands of national interests“, Parsons wrote.

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At the time King Juan Carlos urged “confidential talks” over Gibraltar be conducted between the two foreign ministries to ensure Spain’s path into what was then the European Economic Community was not upended over the issue.

January 12, 2014

Riots in Melilla against corruption and discrimination

  Melilla is a small arab town in the North of Africa, occupied by Spanish military forces, but with a majority of muslim population. The cause of these demostrations is the publication by the regional spanish government of the list of locals who have been selected to have a public job in the government employment programs.

Riots in Melilla

   These programs give work – maintaining gardens, cleaning plots of land, the riverbed, etc. – to those who are chosen, for six months with a salary of around 1000€. Every year only a small percentage of arab citizens are chosen, in constrast with the majority of employments, that are given to spaniards. This situation has led to a state of social confrontation in the territory.

December 24, 2013

Madrid’s biggest fear:unity at both sides of the border

 We may be different, but we all have now the same menace over our heads: the double faces of the Government of Madrid. A regime with no respect at all for the democratic will of thousands of gibraltarians, and a regime with no respect for human rights when there are no cameras recording.

November 21, 2013

Killing British Citizens and other things you can learn at Spanish schools

   The barbarism inside the Spanish Regime seems to have no limits. Check out this video about a theatre play in a school in Zaragoza (Spain) where pupils perform a simulated invasion of Gibraltar, killing all men, women and children they found on their way…real creepy stuff where you can see children performing as “guardia civiles” (one of the military corps that supported General Franco in his 40 years of terror) killing innocent people for fun under the supervision of their teachers.

November 7, 2013

No human rights for basque dissidents

   Many youth leaders and basque elected representatives have alleged been spied by the spanish Army.They complain of police harassment and surveillance of political activities after showing proofs of these accusations, including cameras and microphones found in several locations of youth and student organizations.

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September 13, 2012

A mature reflection on Catalonia independence by Xabel Vegas

   Asturian musician Xabel Vegas writes today in his personal blog a very weighted reflection about the future of Catalonia in Europe without the Spanish imposition. Just click in his picture to read it.(text is written in spanish).

September 13, 2012

The Bunkering interests of Minister Arias Cañete in the UK overseas territory of Gibraltar

After some ambiental issues (Large areas of land were burnt in several arsons that the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment could not hold for lack of resources due to budget cuts) Spanish Minister for Agriculture Miguel Arias Cañete is again at the centre of controversy after the reports that his family is linked to the Gibraltar Rock’s bunkering business.

Canete and his work colleague, Mary Pains from Cospedal

The matter has drawn political attention after Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Margallo’s remarks last week that “the Spanish Government would regulate bunkering activities and implement other environmental protection measures in its EU approved nature protection (SCI) site in local waters“, itself the subject of a diplomatic row and legal challenge by Britain and Gibraltar in Europe.