Category Archives: Spain

Tweet, Tweet Go The Cops

I begin with a confession to never having sent out tweets to the world. I do not possess an iPad and I do not fiddle with my fingers while having a cup of coffee. I am among the Neanderthals of the past who resort to pen and paper and so love to chat with a person rather than engage in talks with machines. The Interior Ministry in Spain was planning a raid on Basque “terrorists” and decided to make certain everyone in Spain knew they were fighting the bad guys so they sent out a tweet which explained the raid and the object of the raid. After all, if one is making a surprise raid on the “bad guys’ it is only kosher to let them know. After dispatch of the tweet one of the bright guys in the Interior Ministry decided this was not the best idea in the world and deleted the tweet.

I do not know if this is good or bad news but the “bad guys” apparently were not gazing at tweets and were captured. This great sweep caught in its net eight “bad guys.” Two of them were lawyers for Basque separatist groups who apparently discussed with those not in jail what they were discussing with those in jail. Yes, there are terrorist Basques who have resorted to violence and murder. They have killed 829 people in 40 years. That comes out to about twenty a year. Heck, they readily achieve that figure in America during a month due to our “Terrorist” gun attitudes.

China Supports Human Rights!

The Chinese government is upset. For some strange reason a court in Spain issued a warrant charging former Chinese President Jiang Zemin with participating in acts of genocide against the people of Tibet. Spain’s National Court issued the warrant under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction which allows courts to try human rights abuses committed in other countries. Beijing wants an explanation from the Spanish government as to how they claim the right to place on trial a Chinese citizen. From their perspective, the Chinese government has gone out of their way to provide education and knowledge to the people of Tibet. Heck, they even built a wonderful train which can send people from China to all parts of Tibet. A wonderful tourist vehicle that provides jobs.

How can China be guilty of “genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and terrorism” against the people of Tibet? The only reason Chinese soldiers are in Tibet is to protect its inhaitants against gangsters and criminals. If you don’t believe me, just ask Chinese soldiers in Tibet.

Spying Together

There is an old adage that nations that spy together live more peacefully together. New reports from Spanish newspapers indicate the American National Security Agency collaborated with Spanish spy agencies in order to ensure the daily lives of orindary Spanish citizens was known to one and all around the world-of the good guys, that is. The modern name of the game is to make certain what is said or thought in Spain is shared with American spy agencies. One can only assume there are secret, secret activities in Spain that will effect the outcome of fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to El Mundo, everyone is cooperating in the spy game. You spy on us, we spy on you.

Why not establish a central Spy Command in which spies from all over the world can become certified in spying and thus we can cease worrying about spies?

P.S. Where can I get a SPY BADGE?

Are You Really Listening To Me?

During the past twenty four hours President Obama has claimed to lack knowledge of any problems facing launching of the Affordable Care Act, of spying on leaders of Germany and France and other assorted world leaders. The Spanish government has decided to get into the “why the hell are you Americans spying on the good guys” party. This followed a story in El Mundo which claimed the NSÅ was listening into phone calls of about 60.5 million Spanish people. Once again another European country told American ambassadors there was supposedly something about “trust” between nations. Naturally, American diplomats made clear these interventions into the lives of Spanish people was necessary to prevent them from serious harm from foreigners. Remember, under Barack Obama the magic words are NATIONAL SECURITY. Say those words and you can do whatever you desire.

One increasingly gets the image of a president playing with his children and occasionally being interrupted in order to pay attention to something about the government.

Forgotten European Youth

Among the tragedies of Europe’s dance with austerity has been a dramatic rise in unemployment throughout the region. An estimated 50% of young Spaniards lack jobs and similar figures are evident in Greece or Italy or even Sweden. Hundreds of Swedish young boys and girls went on a rampage through the streets of Stockholm showing their anger at being ignored and having their lives put on hold. They set fire to over 300 cars, burned down a restaurant and threw stones through store windows. There are even reports of a police station being burned to the ground. The initial outbreak most probably arose from police killing a 69 year -old man who was wielding a machete. Young people felt the police over-reacted.

It is time for Europe to abandon the austerity tactic and go back to some old fashioned John Keynes stimulus to the economy. Sweden might borrow the Depression CCC which placed one million young Americans to work on infrastructure tasks. FDR even pushed through bills that paid artists to paint or musicians to play music of people to put on plays. Provide meaningful work and riots will cease and desist.

Future For Youth?

Four years ago in most European nations young people were hopeful that with further education there would be ample opportunities to secure a good job.Today, the unemployment rate in Spain or Greece is over 50% for young people with scant prospect of changes during the coming decade of their life. Stylia Kampani, now works as an unpaid intern for an important Athens newspaper. What happens after the end of her internship is unknown. “None of my friends believes that we have a futureor will live a normal life. That wasn’t quite the case four years ago.” She is now part of a lost generation which is doomed to low wages, uncertan job security and loss of control over individual lives. European nations have not learned the lesson of America’s Depression when the federal government created jobs for youth like the CCC. It funded the theater, opera, symphony orchestras and provided many job opportunities in society.

Germany recruits some  skilled workers from Greece or Spain. In the UK anger is directed at immigrants because the government has done nothing to offer youth a chance for the future. Oh, it has tripled the cost of college. Youth needs to go beyond protest and organize political parties which pledge to create jobs, and, in so doing create hope. If governments refuse to act to create jobs, the end result will be emergence of neo-fascist political parties based on hate an violence.

German Spanish Arrives

The dream of Germans during the Nazi era was to spread across Europe ad bring their culture to the world. Alas, today, Germans are not going anywhere but, instead are welcoming those from other areas of Europe. A new program to bring skilled and semi-skilled Spanish workers to Germany confronts two problems- the need for semi-skilled workers and the need to bring in more Christians in order to prevent Muslims from gaining greater population strength. Small business firms will partner Spanish workers with their own people and, hopefully, within a year there will be a hard working Spanish German added to the work force and the “German” population.

The collapse of Spain’s construction industry  has left hundreds of thousands    available to work, and if the weather is a bit colder, who cares as  long as their is work. Unlike America, Germany welcomes immigrants and many receive subsidies while they adjust to life in Germany. In some cases, government finances the trip to Germany. Ami,welcome to Germany.

Mitt, We Need You-In UK!

During the past election, Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans, warned the American people that to follow Obama economic ideas was the road to serfdom and poverty. Mitt insisted the solution was to cut, cut, cut, and embrace austerity as the model for ending our recession. There has been a monthly increase of new jobs averaging at least 150,000 and today’s figure for February was–198,000! However, European nations like the UK, Spain or Greece report DECLINE in the number of jobs and continual loss so that in Spain, the unemployment figure is about 24% for youth. Oh, the report also reveals that 24,000 more jobs were created in January than initially reported.

Health costs declined since the Affordable Health Act was passed. The economy is growing about 1.8% but it is  growing, not declining as in  Engand. Perhaps it is time for Mitt to head for the UK and assist the efforts of Prime Minister David Cameron to increase unemployment and make certain there is a stagnant economy.

Make Your Lunch And Pay To Eat It!

If any American desires to know what this country can expect from a Romney government, just gaze across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain. Spain has an unemployment rate of 25% which has caused millions to struggle dealing with basic  daily expenses. Ordinarily, most Spanish parents have children eat lunch at school during the two hour break in school work. That costs them about $6 per day.  Given the economic situation, many parents decided to pack a lunch for the kids. However, school officials will charge parents $5 a day for kids eating their own lunch. Why? ” The charge is to cover use of the lunchroom and supervision costs.

The conservative government of Mariano Rajoy has cut subsidies for children. Vote for Mitt Romney and expect severe reductions in aid for poor children. Just another example of how money talks in modern America. After all, if your parents are poor, there are always jobs available picking peaches. Who needs book learning?

Abortion Issue Arises In Spain

The nation of Spain confronts important economic issues which impact the lives of all citizens in the land. Nearly 40% of its inhabitants lack jobs and people are going hungry. So, what does the conservative government of Spain introduce into the lives of people–abortion rights! The new conservative leadership intends to offer a new abortion law that will contradict one passed under the previous Socialist administration. The current law allows abortions up to 14 weeks into the pregnancy and allows abortion in case of a malformed foetus.

Hundreds of women  protested in Madrid. They shouted: “We give birth, we decide. Not one step backwards.” The current government is reducing money for poor people, it is reducing funds for children with deformities and now it wants more disabled children.

The author of this blog has mixed feelings regarding abortion. We believe both sides in the debate offer valid reasons. But, if a government wants to end abortions, it must fund women who give birth to children, it must fund aid to disabled children. If a government believes in the right to  life, it must also believe in the right to a healthy life.