Spain: Jihadist website threatens to repeat "if it’s necessary" March 11th bombings

(Translation: T&P).

El Confidencial Digital:

Spanish police has received several complaints after a post in a Jihadist Website threatened directly Spain to “repeat, if necessary March 11th bombings”. The author also remembers the Spanish troops’ presence in Afghanistan and “Spanish occupation of Ceuta and Melilla”.

I am writing this letter to the Crusader Kingdom of Spain (the Middle Ages aren’t over yet for these morons) 

This is for you, pigs: We are sending our greetings through the air, dipped in blood. Your blood, which we have savored before and which has a flavor we can’t easily forget, specially because you haven’t understood or simply because you have ignored us, and you continue with your war against Islam and Muslims, enrolling yourselves in NATO (Note: it looks like that Spain is a NATO member since March 11th 2004…) and taking part in the bloodshed of our brothers in Afghanistan“.

Is this the next chapter of the Vampire Chronicles or a press release from a Jihadist? No, seriously, that line about savoring Spanish blood seems to be written by a very, very bad terror novels’ author.

This is how the threatening message begins. Its author, was published on last Sept, 1, on the Jihadist website “Atahadi Islamic Network”. After that, he accuses Spain of “capturing and imprisoning dozens of innocents, fabricating against them non-existent evidence and locking them up in your racist prisons”.

He continues referring to the Spanish Government’s alliances with “puppets’ regimes” like Morocco or Argelia, countries that receive Muslims “turned in” by Spain and where they suffer “every type of tortures in their prisons”. The menace remembers too “the ocupation of our lands in Ceuta and Melilla”.

This is worrying: the minute they are making a difference between them and Moroccan regime, the latter will need to act even more violently against their subjects, to prevent revolts, and its evolution towards a much more extreme version of Islam would be another probable consequence.

He also remembers the descendants of Tariq Ibn-Ziyad -the Berber general that lead the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in the VIIIth century- who “gave you a lesson” on March 11th 2004. “But it seems that you have forgotten it, and if it’s necessary to repeat it, it will be repeated”.

The text was published in arabic, and received several comments of other users, assuring him “Allah’s payback”. The author wrote afterwards if someone could translate it to Spanish. Someone called “Moroccan Karim” accepted soon afterwards.

A very good example that caving into terror, doesn’t stop it at all. I hope they are tracked down and arrested, but it’s probable they don’t live at all in Spain.

Spain: Jewish man attacked in Madrid

Last Feb 1st, Ruben, a Spanish young man of Jewish religion dressed in the traditional Jassidic way, was walking by the centric Castellana St. (Madrid). After approaching him, a woman began insulting him: “you Jewish are robbers, usurers, murderers, nazis”, “son of a bitch” or “disgusting Jew”. When he called nazi the lady who had called him all those names, she just answered: “don’t be mistaken, I vote PSOE” (PSOE are the Spanish Socialists, Zapatero’s party).

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Spain: far-right Plataforma per Catalunya announces they will take part in local elections in Catalonia

(Translation: T&P)

For the xenophobic Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC), Badalona is a really interesting place. The extremist party has infiltrated in the districts, where the immigrant population is greater, to have some more votes. They are trying to exploit the neighbourhood’s dissatisfaction with the problems that are endemic there, giving speeches in which they attack foreigners and Islam.
Although it’s not very visible yet, the party leadered by ex-leader of Fuerza Nueva (NOTE: Franco’s nostalgic guys) Josep Anglada has proposed polemic measures such as abrogating subsidies for immigrants, retiring any scholarships for immigrants’ sons and that Moroccan and Pakistani consulates pay for the expenses that, according to PxC, are costing to the city people from those nationalities in Badalona. The Platform opened in the city, Barcelona and L’Hospitalet on March. The first goal of this party is to take part in the Autonomic Community’s elections on 2010 and then in the local elections on 2011.
Anyway, the party is watching a good climate for their radical message in Badalona’s outskirts. “Immigration is suffered in those areas and those places are so devastated that we can have losts of votes“, says the delegate of PxC in Badalona, Carles Francisoud. The most important places where they are working are Sant Roc, Artigues, La Salut and Llefià, outskirts where the 34,000 foreigners that live there make up to 20% or 30% of the population.
If there is a problem here between the Pakistanis and the gypsy community, we are going to have a war because the illegals have entered here massively“, says Francisoud, who was sentenced in the mid-80s for several terrorist attacks made by ultra-far-right organization Milicia Catalana. The Platform, who has now 17 councilmen in cities like Vic, Manlleu or Manresa, is not hiding that they want to take the votes that were won by PP (center-right) in 2007 local elections, in which PP introduced a very hard-line discourse against illegals.
The City’s Fellowship’s Councilman, the Convergencia i Unió (Catalan Nationalists – Conservatives) Josep Pera, considers the PP’s politians are responsible of this party having arrived there: “They have attracted them with their campaigns, who are giving a bad name to Badalona“. On the other hand, Badalona PP’s President, Xavier García Albiol, opines that PxC are no more than a “residual and folk group” and doesn’t think they are going to have a very great impact on the local elections, where the PP is seeing a continued growth: “We know that our only rival here is the Catalonian Socialist Party, who has been governing this town for the last 30 years, and that Badalona’s first problem is the degradation of some districts after the uncontrolled immigration“.
The Platform is planning to organize a protest next September or October, against the next opening of a Muslim prayer room in the Artigues’ district. They are announcing it as “the more important anti-mosque demonstration held in Catalonia” and they are pretending to have more than 1,000 people, a number they have already reached in the demonstration against other prayer room in Premià de Mar held on 2002, in which some riots and security problems took place. The party’s supporters and the board of directors will attend it. This possible demonstration, which has maintained meetings with the entity which collected some signatures against a prayer room against which PP was also positioned, has not been well-received in the area. The President of the Neighbours’ Association Ángel Vendrell explained “It’s going to benefit no one. They can heat up the suspicions, which were already nearly forgotten“.
Around 1,800 Muslims live in Artigues. They pray in the Camarón de San Roc Square. Although the second prayer room in Badalon will open soon, the hundreds of believers will continue to prostate themselves in the street on the sacred day for Islam to prevent the overpopulation in the ground floor from Santiago St., which is waiting for the license that will permit the conditioning of the rooms, with a total capacity of 50 people. According to the Major’s office, this Ramadan (which begins next Aug 22nd) will be used. The official opening with all the licenses will be held in October.
Artigues’ Pakistani community, who had already protested against PP’s campaign opposed to this same prayer room, has denied that this will deteriorate the relations within the neighbourhood. Their speaker, Saidullah Khan, said “racism isn’t suddently born, they are not going to find any answer to their demonstrations“. Umair Dar, a young social worker who is fighting the effects that the economic crisis has in his fellow countrymen, told us that he never has seen any PxC’s supporters in the area: “They are possessed by Islamophobia. Before building a war camp, they should come here and we’ll find a solution“.
Francisoud warns that the party he is representing, will prevent that “more immigrants get registered in the city and more mosques are built”. He adds that, if more mosques are to be built, they “should be in industrial estates”. “They aren’t asking that for schools or churches. Why? This is barbarity”, protests Muhammad Nawaz, a member of the Camí de la Pau (Path of Peace -Cat-), the Islamic organization settled in Barcelona’s Raval and owner of the new prayer room in Badalona.
Their anti-immigration rethoric that is supported by PxC since it was born in 2002 has driven the party to form alliances with other European far-right parties, such as French National Front, Italian North League or German Neo-Nazi NDP. Till this day, the more known event of this party has been Anglada’s participation in a neighbours’ one against insecurity and the lack of social benefits in the La Salut’s district, an event in which Albiol also took part.
In the end of the demonstration, in which some quarrel took place between a PP supporter and the members of PxC, Anglada stated to this newspaper that he felt as a foreigner himself, when he took a walk by Badalona and added that he wants his party to obtain between “two and four town councillors” in the local elections.

link: Una plataforma xenófoba inicia la caza del voto ‘anti inmigrante’ en Badalona | Barcelona | elmundo.es


Spain: Vitoria considering the construction of a Muslim cemetery

(Translation by T&P. Original article here)

A job, a better life, live with their relatives… The reasons that brought to Vitoria the 5,000 Muslims that live nowadays in the city are now part of their past. Some of the obstacles that they met when they arrived at the city exist till today. One of those obstacles is the non-existence in Vitoria of a mkbara, or Arab cemetery adapted to the rituals of this community, an space reclaimed for some years now and about what the Major’s office didn’t reach any agreement some years ago. But this autumn its construction will be considered again.

The recent inauguration of a Muslim cemetery in Derio (opened in Oct, 2008 inside the Christian cemetery already built) seems to have given this project the support it needed. “As we suceeded in Bilbao, Vitoria’s Major’s office contacted us to see what we could do here”, the President of the Islamic Communities Union in the Basque Country, Ahmed El Hanafy explains. It seems that some members of this association (they want one person per mosque –the city has five- to attend each meeting) and city representatives will meet again to begin the negotiations related to the new cemetery.

«Very grateful»

The next meeting could end a debate whose last chapter began in 2004. The proposal of setting an area for Islamist (islamistas in the original) burials, was made then by the city’s Basque Nationalist Party group. They picked up a demand made by the Islamic community in the city who were asking for an specific area near El Salvador. “It could be an exclusive area or being located inside the cementery”, explains now El Hanafy. That first petition seemed to have all the support it needed to succeed because Basque Government just had passed a regulation that had removed all the requirements of burial requirements, regarding health and enviromental related issues, that allowed to build the cemetery. All the political parties, except PP (center-right) supported the idea, but it wasn’t built in the end.

The first conversations regarding this cemetery were held in the late 90’s, when the Vitorian Major’s office destined 1,000 square meters in El Salvador for this use. Two years later the debate was again held, but again the cemetery wasn’t built. “We are very grateful to see that the Major’s office had again shown interest in this project”, says the responsible of the Islamic Communities’ Union of the Basque Country,although he adds that there are things to discuss about, like “how, where, how much and when”.

We would like to have more land than in Bilbao“, where around 300 corpses can be buried in around 450 square meters. The new cemetery would allow the believers to save the huge costs of sending the corpses back to their countries of origin (around €4,000 if they have to send it to Morocco or more than 6,000 if they have to send to, for example, Senegal. “We are not speaking about immigrants, but of the new generations, of Vitorian Muslims who want to be buried according to Islamic rituals“, says El Hanafy.

Vitoria estudia construir un cementerio musulmán. El Correo

NOTE: I have corrected some typing errors I had made.

Prioridades

Mientras Zapatero está preocupado por su salud sexual, tanto que hasta sufre deslices en momentos poco oportunos y Moratinos dice que no todo va mal (podríamos habernos muerto… el que no se consuela es porque no quiere… :P ), los españoles tienen otras cosas de qué preocuparse via Twitter:

El barómetro del CIS del mes de febrero deja clara que casi la totalidad de los españoles (un 75%) están preocupados por sus puestos de trabajo. Por sexto mes consecutivo, el paro es el mayor temor de los ciudadanos.
(…)  le siguen las dificultades económicas a las que se cita en un 54,4 por ciento de las contestaciones.

Hablando del divorcio entre políticos y ciudadanos….:P

Y los Clones se salen:

:D

Elecciones gallegas y vascas (Act.)

Comentario breve: Rajoy sale reforzado por el resultado en Galicia -no me alegra nada, aunque había que elegir entre el bipartito o esto-, ZP ha perdido por primera vez unas elecciones -esto sí me alegra-.

Galicia: mayoría absoluta del PP pero no por lo que han dicho (campaña buenísima, trabajo maravilloso, nos besamos, nos abrazamos somos maravillosos y blablabla), si no por a) los excesos de Touriño (coche, sillas de lujo y demás) y b) la foto de Anxo Quintana con el constructor Rey. Por cierto, muy divertido lo de Espartaco Quintana. Y lo de Touriño que va a devolver el coche: si no es para mí, no será para nadie, habrá pensado.

País Vasco: Se acaba la era Ibarreche, comienza la era “Pachi”. Ahora bien, ya veremos con quién es esa era porque no tengo muy claro que el PSOE sea constitucionalista. Después tenemos Navarra y los terroristas de ETA de fondo. Interesante sin embargo, será averiguar a dónde han ido los votos de estos, además de a los votos nulos. Aralar, sin duda. Un escaño para Rosa Díez. Y descalabro de IU (se queda con sólo un diputado de los 3 que tenía), que va camino de desaparecer. Así que no extraña la cara de Madrazo:

Cursilería al máximo. El premio es para González Pons: “hay mucha alegría que dar al País Vasco, muchas ventanas y muchas puertas que abrir”. Imagino que se había leído durante la campaña electoral, todos los libros de Corín Tellado. Espero que si llegan a algún pacto, no imiten este estilo, porque me imagino a la gente llorando como cuando en su momento la gente vio Titanic.

Revista de prensa:
ABC.es: Rajoy gana Galicia a Zapatero y le obliga a “mojarse” en el País Vasco:

Tras una campaña calentada por las diligencias abiertas por el juez Garzón, en persecución de una presunta corrupción en el seno de los populares madrileños, pero enrevesada después para el PSOE por la dimisión del ministro Bermejo y por el empeño de Pérez Touriño de no dar respuesta a las denuncias de despilfarro desveladas por ABC, el PP vuelve a obtener la mayoría absoluta en Galicia, con 39 escaños. Pero, además, la ruleta rusa del nuevo escenario vasco, pese a que otorga la victoria de Ibarretxe, otorga a socialistas y populares una mayoría inopinada, siempre que Zapatero y Patxi López se atrevan a desalojar a los peneuvistas y decantarse por el primer gobierno no nacionalista de la democracia.

El Mundo: Vuelco en Galicia y en el País Vasco.
El País: El PP recupera Galicia y el nacionalismo pierde la mayoría en el País Vasco.
La Razón: El PP recupera Galicia y el PSE lidera el cambio en Euskadi.
LD: El PP recupera Galicia y Patxi López puede desalojar al PNV.
Habla Blanco:

Hemos vivido una doble jornada eleztoral… El Partido Popular ha otenido… El PSE ha tuvido una subida electoral de 8 puntos (en País Vasco)“.

Dice que los socialistas “han contribuido decisivamente al progreso y a la modernización de Galicia”. Como no sea a la modernización y progreso de la flota de coches oficiales y de los sillones para conferencias…

Antes de comentar, tened en cuenta este post. Gracias.

Spanish Right-wing MEP, expelled from Venezuela after critisizing some aspects of today's referendum

Yesterday I knew that PP’s MEP Luis Herrero had been expelled from Venezuela after pointing out several irregular facts (specially the change in the opening hours of the sites to vote) about the referendum to let Chávez (if he wins) be Venezuelan dictator “President for life”, referendum which will be held today. The expulsion was “nearly a kidnapping” according to Venezuelan opposition.

So, Spanish Government is going to ask Venezuelan Ambassador about the expulsion, but Elena Valenciano, Socialist responsible for Foreign Affairs has already said that “he did not fulfill the code of behaviour for international observers, because they are only charged with making a report after the elections but not prior to them“. So they can’t caution if there is a real danger to the impartiality of the elections, they can only speak when everything is done and nothing can be done about it.

Luis Herrero has stated after his expulsion that he was not as an “observer” but as an invited guest from the opposition, and, as such, with full capacity to give an opinion about what is happening there. He also added that no one from Spanish Embassy has gone to support Carlos Iturgáiz and the rest of PP’s MEPs who are also in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, López Istúriz, another PP’s MEP, considers that the statements made by Elena Valenciano “belongs really to a political komissar”, and that the measure they should have taken was “to write a protest note, not the expulsion, if they felt offended by his words”.

Zapatero’s Government (again) places itself with tyrants… :@