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The results of appeasement

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Five years after March 11th, which made Spain a target of the Islamist terror, Interior Minister has stated that “Spain is now a source of Human Resources for future terrorists”, “situated in the 1st place in the ranking of their preferred recruitement’s places for Al-Qaeda in Europe, and, at the same time, it continues to be a target of international terrorism”.

Hmm, just tell this to Obama. Giving money to Hamas is not the solution cannot be considered a way to show respect for Muslims.

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Written by Claudia

February 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

“Sistine Chapel” at United Nations sparks controversy (News Feature)

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As Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo prepares for the unveiling of his most gigantic work so far at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, he is at the height of his artistic glory.

Only a political squabble over the cost of the art work is casting a shadow over the ceremony, which will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Tuesday, November 18.

Barcelo, who is being compared with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Joan Miro (1893-1983), worked for 13 months on redecorating a negotiating room which will now be known as the Chamber for Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations. The Alliance of Civilizations project was launched by Zapatero and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to improve dialogue between the West and the Muslim world in 2006.

(…) The budget to renovate the room amounted to nearly 20 million euros (25 million dollars), 60 per cent of which was covered by Spanish sponsors.

The rest was given by the government, including 500,000 euros that were lifted from a development aid fund.

‘Art has no price,’ Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said, eliciting criticism from the conservative opposition which said the same money could have been used for vaccinating children or opening water holes in developing countries.

via “Sistine Chapel” at United Nations sparks controversy (News Feature)

Don’t think this needs any comments… It’s a shame.

I’ll give you everything you’ll ask for if I’m in

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Written by Claudia

November 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Spain: Maghrebi gangs assaulting trains?

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“People don’t know it, but complete trains are being assaulted by gangs of 30 Maghrebies who hang stones from bridges to throw them into the driver’s cabin. We are seizing swords, crossbows, daggers”, a private watch-man states.

¿Hay bandas de magrebíes que asaltan trenes enteros de Renfe?

No one has confirmed or denied these reports. So is this true or not?

Written by Claudia

November 4, 2008 at 10:59 am

Zapatero goes to China

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Chinese President Hu Jintao met with the visiting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Beijing on Saturday.

Hu said, as this year marked the 35th anniversary of China-Spain bilateral ties, China is willing to work with Spain to strengthen bilateral cooperation for joint development. Hu expressed hopes of further high-level exchanges among governments, parliaments, parties and local agencies between the two countries in the future.

He also urged enterprises of both countries to increase mutual investments and take active measures for trade balance. Exchanges and cooperation in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports and tourism are also expected to expand, said the President.

In addition, Hu stressed the two countries should strengthen negotiations and cooperation on important international issues like global finance, climate change, anti-terrorism and food safety, so as to safeguard the common interests of both countries.

Zapatero said the Spanish government attaches great importance to its relationship with China and is willing to play its role in promoting a Sino-European relationship in the future. China and Spain established an all-round strategic partnership to put forward bilateral cooperation in 2005.

via The Daily Mail – Daily News from Pakistan – Newspaper from Pakistan

Even if it’s logical to find new allies and to work hard for new commercial partners, I believe the moment is not the most appropriate one, with Zapatero begging for a seat in the G-20 meeting.

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October 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Zapatero on global economy

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“There has to be a stricter regulation and international supervision, at least at the level of the European Union,” socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was quoted as saying in the newspaper, Publico.

“It is a question of in-depth reform of the financial system,” he told the daily.

“There has to be regulation and limits to everything to do with incentives and rewards” for heads of businesses, said Zapatero, describing as “scandalous” some financial benefits paid to bosses which had “removed their inhibitions in the face of risk.” (Just don’t ask them how much the

Zapatero also called for “new rules for credit rating agencies which bear major responsibility in this crisis.”

He said that overall there needed to be greater transparency in the present financial system: “there cannot be shadowy financial products which escape practically all regulation, as has greatly developed in the US.”

(…) At the political level, Zapatero said the left should “show initiative with suggestions to regulate globalisation” which if not regulated “could produce disastrous effects.” – AFP

via Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Finance & Business

And all of this, after learning economy “in two afternoons”, as he stated before the 2004 elections. Just take care in following his advice… 😦

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October 22, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Al-Qaida in North Africa issues new threats

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The leader of al-Qaida in North Africa has called for Muslims to unite in holy war against the region’s governments and issued new threats against Western targets, including France, Spain and the United States.

The message decried a “new colonial offensive” by the West in North Africa and warned Muslims not to back the local “regimes of apostasy and treason.” It was signed by Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the pseudonym used by Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North African offshoot.

France is Algeria’s former colonial ruler and Droukdel warned Algerian officials it would be a mistake if they sought refuge there as the confrontation with al-Qaida increases, apparently implying French territory could also be targeted. He said France will not be a safe haven “because it will be occupied with its (own) security.”

The authenticity of the message could not be independently verified. The 28-minute audiotape was issued Sunday along with video of heavily armed militants on Web sites frequently used by Islamist extremists. It was confirmed Monday by the U.S.-based SITE intelligence group, which monitors militant messages.

Al-Qaida in North Africa issues new threats – Yahoo! News. More commentary on JW:

“This is because judgement day is close and punishment is imminent. And whoever among the treacherous apostates thinks that France is in a position to ensure its safety, we tell them they are wrong, because France will not be in a position to do it, and will be worried for its safety.”

In the audio message, entitled “Message to our nation in the Islamic Maghreb”, Droukedel reminds his listeners about Spain and Morocco’s territorial dispute over the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

“Dear nation, it is not conceivable for any Muslim that loves Islam to speak of the Maghreb without remembering Ceuta and Melilla, occupied by Spain without remembering the injustice suffered by our nation,” said Droukedel.

“The complicity between Spain and international organisations such as the Arab League, the Islamic Conference and the United Nations is clear.”

Well, that last statement is false: Arab League has stated in the past their “full support” for Morocco to reclaim the sovereignty over Ceuta and Melilla, something which could have been promised (at least, it looks like he promised to speak about it) by Mr Zapatero before winning past elections. So this Droukedelis not only a terrorist, he is also a liar… and certainly merits this kind of statement:

Jihad This!
Jihad This!

We must remember that just now Mauritania is seeking international cooperation against AQIM, after it claimed the kidnapping and previous ambush of several Mauritanian soldiers. Last night, the decapitated bodies of the 12 kidnapped soldiers were found in the desert outside a northern town. Mauritania has declared three days of mourning following the horrible discovery.

Before that, AlQaeda menaced the country on Dec 29th for its support to the Paris-Dakar rally. Also, Al Qaeda gunmen attacked the Israeli embassy in February, highlighting Mauritania’s status as one of the few Arab countries with diplomatic ties to the Jewish state. As a result, the resources from tourism of the country have plummeted.

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Related links: Al-Qaeda accepts responsibility, promises October surprise. About AQ’s menaces against US.

Written by Claudia

September 23, 2008 at 10:50 am