Spanish Concourt rules Catalonia referendum unconstitutional

cataloniaSpain’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum in Catalonia on independence from the rest of the country would violate the law, saying that regions within Spain “cannot unilaterally call a referendum on self-determination.”

According to a summary of the … Read the rest

Russia to conduct anti-nuclear observer flight over Spain

antonov30BA group of Russian inspectors will fly an observation mission over Spain within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center, Sergei Ryzhkov, told Tass on Saturday. The flight will be … Read the rest

Defeated by the Taliban, Washington decides to take on Russia,China

pcrby Paul Craig Roberts

The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence. Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, … Read the rest

Citrus farmers will have to look to BRICS

lemoenSouth African citrus farmers may have to find markets other than the European Union (EU) for their citrus exports. This follows the EU’s decision to ban this season’s citrus crop as a result of fungal black spot.

AgriSA president, Johannes … Read the rest

Britain denies resorting to gunboat diplomacy

HMS Westminster
HMS Westminster

Britain said Wednesday it was reviewing its military presence off Gibraltar following a lengthy stand-off between the Royal Navy and a Spanish ship, but denied it was resorting to “gunboat diplomacy”.

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds said he … Read the rest

The two missiles that ended a confrontation in Syria

TridentA well informed diplomatic source told a Lebanese newspaper that “the US war on Syria had started and ended the moment those two ballistic missiles were fired, leaving inconsistent information, as Israel denied and Russia confirmed, until an Israeli statement … Read the rest

British warship sets sail for Gibraltar

HMS Westminster frigate
HMS Westminster frigate

A British war ship set sail for the Mediterranean on Tuesday amid diplomatic tensions between Britain and Spain over the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The HMS Westminster frigate will dock in Gibraltar as part of … Read the rest

Soccer: Spain off to flying start against Uruguay

Spain's Pedro Rodriguez in a happy mood after Spain took the lead yesterday
Spain’s Pedro Rodriguez in a happy mood after Spain took the lead yesterday

World champions Spain got their Confederations Cup campaign off to a winning start on Sunday with a 2-1 win over South American champions Uruguay in the northern … Read the rest

‘The American Dream is a Myth’

The finance industry must take the blame for the growing divide between the rich and poor in the United States, says Nobel Prize-winning economics professor Joseph Stiglitz. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he accuses the industry of preying on the … Read the rest

Clashes with police as Spain announces more austerity measures

Spanish protest scene

Protesters clashed with police in Spain’s capital on Tuesday as the government prepares a new round of unpopular austerity measures for the 2013 budget that will be announced on Thursday.

Thousands gathered in Neptune plaza, just a … Read the rest