Barcelona was the earliest in Europe to install third world Foreign Economic Zone policies just as was Latin America. We saw yesterday that Barcelona had adopted policies to bring foreign nationals to Catalonia and then installed lower and lower voting standards to allow these new citizens to vote. We KNOW when global corporations are allowed to PICK AND CHOOSE who they bring inside a sovereign nation's Foreign Economic Zone as global labor pool ---they are going to pick global citizens they know will MOVE FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE. This is why for 300 years our US immigration policy placed people on lists who waited for decades for the opportunity to emigrate and these lists were open to all global citizens. That took away the power of selective immigration for immediate policy changes.
So, Barcelona did as MARYLAND is doing now----it filled Catalonia with global labor pool then opened elections to those new immigrant workers only a few years after coming to Spain/US. What our global labor pool does not know is the goals of these global population migration policies and it does not end well for their children and grandchildren as too US/Spanish citizens.
Again, we are not against our immigrant citizens---we are against an orchestrated movement by global 1% to break down what was the strongest Democratic Republic structure in world history for 99% of WE THE PEOPLE to have power of public policy. Our immigrant citizens want that as well.
'Albeit, the harsh economic crisis has since then, interrupted the influx - today 15 percent of Catalans are foreign nationals'.
As well, our young adults both here in Spain and in the US are facing the worst of global corporate fascist media deliberately CREATING FAKE NEWS while baby boomers as below were able to access strong, broad, democratic media allowing them to hold POWER ACCOUNTABLE and at bay. New immigrant citizens and our young adults are the targets for MOVING FORWARD GLOBAL 1% and we see this strongly in the breakdown of our US public K-university corporatization policy.
“When we were young, there was a dictatorship,” says Miguel Salas, 66, who from the age of 13 worked 12-hour days in a Madrid dairy before moving to the Baix Llobregat. “There was no question who was the enemy. There weren’t any Catalan nationalists.”
We encourage our new immigrant citizens to be aware that global 1% Wall Street Clinton/Obama neo-liberals PRETENDING to be friends to immigrant and Muslim citizens are actually that 5% to the 1% killing 99% of immigrant and sovereign citizens.
In Catalonia’s ‘red belt’ leftwing veterans distrust the separatists
Nationalism is not the answer to Spain’s problems, say an older generation who fought against General Franco
Thousands of pro-independence supporters rally in Montjuic, Barcelona, on 29 September. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
Saturday 30 September 2017 16.00 EDT Last modified on Monday 2 October 2017 06.34 EDT
In the war of words in the run-up to Catalan referendum, the language has grown increasingly intemperate, amid talk of dictatorship and “occupation” forces. The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has even compared Spain to Turkey.
But for some Catalans who lived through the dictatorship and were beaten and jailed for demanding basic rights, such talk seems overblown.
“For young people it’s easy to believe that independence is going to usher in this wonderful Arcadia,” says Laura Jiménez, a veteran of the Catalan labour movement. “They can march in the streets and the police don’t bother them, they wreck a Guardia Civil car and nothing happens and then they call this Francoism. For heaven’s sake!”
Jiménez, 61, comes from Cornellà, one of a string of satellite towns thrown up around Barcelona to accommodate the mass migration from the south and west of Spain in the 1960s and 1970s. The towns are known as the cinturón rojo, the red belt, because of their history of radical politics.
As the Baix Llobregat area south of Barcelona began to industrialise, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards abandoned the countryside in search of a better life up north. The factories and housing estates became a crucible of leftwing politics and to this day the cinturón rojo has never voted for nationalist candidates.
“El Baix Llobregat was the laboratory where we learned all about communism,” says Pepe Martínez, 64, who led the first general strike in the area in 1974. “For example, while we were still deciding whether to strike, one guy grabbed the microphone and shouted: ‘Workers of the Baix Llobregat, don’t fall for the siren voices of these revisionists. Now’s the time to establish a government of the workers and peasants’. There were people like that here,” he says, laughing at the memory.
“When we were young, there was a dictatorship,” says Miguel Salas, 66, who from the age of 13 worked 12-hour days in a Madrid dairy before moving to the Baix Llobregat. “There was no question who was the enemy. There weren’t any Catalan nationalists.”
Salas got involved in politics and was jailed for 12 days when the police raided a secret union meeting. “They beat me up a bit but not too much,” he says. “That was my initiation.”
Another veteran of the struggle, Paco Arias, 81, recalls a confrontation between strikers and the Guardia Civil in Cornellà. “The cop was holding a pistol to my chest when another guy hit him from behind. The pistol fell to the ground and there was a moment when no one knew what would happen next. Then another cop picked it up and we ran off,” he says.
All four dismiss the independence movement as a distraction from more pressing social issues, claiming it has proved a useful smokescreen for the Catalan government’s spending cuts.
“What’s happening now is that everyone has been told that Spain is the origin of our problems,” says Salas. “They are being fed a version of Catalan history that has nothing to do with reality and this has radicalised young people around independence.”
“There’s been a sort of mantra, that Spain is robbing us, and there’s a lot of confusion, as though the Spanish government and the Spanish people were one and the same,” Jiménez says. “With a prime minister like Mariano Rajoy it’s very easy for everyone to oppose the government.”
The Baix Llobregat has its own history and none of the four feels included when politicians talk about “the Catalan people”, they say.
“All of us here are immigrants but we’re all Catalans, too,” says Martínez, who is dismissive of the case for Catalan independence. “It’s about class. I don’t have a problem with the person standing next to me, it’s the one above me who’s the problem.”
US or Spanish backlash to these Robber Baron few decades and failed immigration policy is not aimed at our 99% OF IMMIGRANT CITIZENS..
“It’s about class. I don’t have a problem with the person standing next to me, it’s the one above me who’s the problem.”
Spain and by extension our LATIN AMERICAN nations heavily controlled by Spanish colonialism has never escaped the strongest in European DARK AGES SPANISH INQUISITION CATHOLIC authoritarianism----last century brought an opening of society but that door was easily closed as the Spanish Royal family and OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% never let free and fair elections and 99% of citizen participation grow as in greater Europe and North America.
FRANCO was the same far-right wing authoritarian fascist as a Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Mussolini all coming to power after WW 2. It is this fear of a FRANCO return that drives 99% of citizens who KNOW MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE will be worse than that FRANCO period.
'Since the first elections of the post Franco era in1978, Spain has seen the peaceful exchanges of socialist and conservative governments although most have been unable to obtain a majority and have been forced to form coalition governments with small regional parties that often have separatist agendas. The improved economy has gone some way to mitigate the independence threat, as has membership in the EU under whose umbrella many separatists view themselves as Europeans rather than Spaniards'.
We see POST FRANCO in 1978 being the installation of global NEO-LIBERALISM in Spain as occurred in UK and US----this was the stage being set for ROBBER BARON few decades of stealing all wealth and moving it to global 1%. So, Reagan/Thatcher was hitting US/UK while Franco was set aside for the staging of RAGING LAISSEZ FAIRE neo-liberalism giving Spain its own version of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----NOW TRUMP.
IN EACH CASE----WHETHER CALLING FRANCO A MARXIST OR ZAPATERO A MARXIST ----ALT RIGHT ALT LEFT NEITHER WERE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ARMS OF GLOBAL 1% PRETENDING TO BE POPULIST RIGHT OR LEFT.
1975 forward was restoration of Bourbon monarchy---Juan Carlos. REAL left social progressives in US KNEW this and KNEW REAGAN represented the same in US.
1975-- Restoration of Bourbon monarchy, Juan Carlos I.
Those citizens not knowing Reagan/Asnar era was MOVING BACK TO DARK AGES didn't know because they were watching and reading main stream national news keeping citizens UNINFORMED. We can be sure that most Spanish and Latin American 99% knew----this is why civil wars and unrest were so strong in Latin America. What captures Spain and Latin American citizens? Those pesky Catholic freemason/Greek and secret societies -----dividing 99% of citizens.
20th C Spain. Overview: Politics
1885-1902: Regency; 1902-1931: Alfonso XIII; 1923-30 monarchy with dictatorship of Primo de Rivera; 1931-1936: Second Republic; 1936-39: Civil War; 1939-1975: dictatorship of Francisco Franco; 1975-- Restoration of Bourbon monarchy, Juan Carlos I.
Modern Spain is made up of 17 autonomous regions. Within mainland Spain, 15 of the 17 regions form a quilt of uneven pattern and size, the borders of some regions following naturally along geographical lines, others stitched by historical circumstances. The Balearic and Canary Islands make up the other two regions. Holding these disparate parts together is difficult given the historic penchant of Spaniards to identify themselves first with their village (pueblo) and then with their region, the patria chica (small homeland). Spain, as a nation, has always been a tough sell, and the battle between centralization and regionalism has been a constant in Spanish history.
During much of the 20th century, Spain was politically unstable, a carry over of the chaos of the 19th century. Three assassinated prime ministers in the space of 24 years (1897, 1912, 1921), not to mention numerous bombings, attempts on the life of the king, labour strikes, uprisings, rumbling separatism and military repression are uncomfortable reminders of the volatile nature of Spanish life in the first quarter of the 20th century.
Unfortunately, things did not get better: a discredited monarchy was subsumed, from 1923 to 1931, into a strange hybrid of monarchy and dictatorship. This was followed, from 1931 to 1936, by a volatile Second Republic, then a bloody Civil War (1936-39), and finally a long dictatorship (1939-75) under General Francisco Franco.
Spain under Franco
Following Franco’s victory in 1939, Spain was for a while an international pariah. It was refused entry into the newly formed United Nations, France closed its border, and members of the UN removed their ambassadors. Only the Vatican, Portugal and Argentina maintained diplomatic relations. But attitudes changed dramatically in the 1950s with Soviet expansionism and the threat of communism around the world. Suddenly Franco’s repressive regime and fascist connections were conveniently forgotten in favour of his staunch anti communism, particularly for the U.S.A. Even more important was Spain’s strategic position, mid way between Europe and Africa and controlling the western end of the Mediterranean. So began Spain’s international rehabilitation although it was denied entry into the European Union (EU) as long as Franco remained in power. After Franco’s death in 1975, the way was paved for integration. In 1982 Spain became a member of NATO, and in 1986 it was officially accepted as a member of the EU.
Spain in Transition
After Franco’s death in November 1975, a new Constitution was approved, the monarchy restored and political and social transition achieved despite earlier fears that the country would sink into violence. The peaceful transition from a highly centralised, dictatorial regime to a pluralistic, liberal democracy showed a remarkable political sophistication and a determination not to let the scars of the Civil War impede progress towards democratic reforms. Indeed, many issues were downplayed in the early years of the transition in order to avoid inflaming passions. Even so, a botched coup on February 23, 1981 (now simply referred to as F 23), plots on the king’s life, ongoing terrorist activities of Basque nationalists (ETA), and rumblings of linguistic nationalism and separatism in the Basque Provinces and Catalonia are constant reminders of underlying historic and national tensions.
Since the first elections of the post Franco era in1978, Spain has seen the peaceful exchanges of socialist and conservative governments although most have been unable to obtain a majority and have been forced to form coalition governments with small regional parties that often have separatist agendas. The improved economy has gone some way to mitigate the independence threat, as has membership in the EU under whose umbrella many separatists view themselves as Europeans rather than Spaniards.
“New” Spain, “Old” Spain
One of the buzz words of the political and social transformation that has taken place is “New” Spain. Implicit in this, of course, is the idea of an “Old” Spain resisting change. Another term is "The Two Spains" alluding equally to the present situation between the "New" and "Old" Spain.
Some of the changes that created the "New Spain" were born out of reaction to the restrictions of the Franco years: sexual liberation, empty pews in churches, feminism, the movida madrileña (“swinging Madrid”) of the 1980s, women entering the work force or attending universities, a plunging birth rate etc. Other changes were legislated: for instance, the various autonomies with linguistic pluralism in some regions, the removal of Roman Catholicism as the official state religion, the right to divorce and to abortion. The last 4 years under the socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero have brought further changes including enhanced women’s rights, a fast track to divorce and legalised gay marriage.
The clash between the “old” and the “new” is never far from the surface, even now. Periodic developments are reminders that the wounds have not healed totally. In January 2006, for example, a ruling by the National Court to return all documents confiscated from the Catalan National Archive after the Civil war and deposited in the National Archive of Salamanca met with the widespread disapproval of right wing politicians and public.
More recently a controversial bill, approved by Congress in October 2007, called the Ley de la Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Law) openly confronts some burning issues. It deals specifically with the Franco regime and amongst its provisions seeks to remove all public symbols and statues of that regime as well as giving all grandchildren of Spaniards exiled during the Civil War or Franco’s time the right to Spanish nationality. In addition, the government will provide maps of mass graves so that the remains of the victims may be exhumed and reburied if relatives wish. For opponents, this is an unnecessary reopening of the past, for supporters it is a means of closing a painful chapter in Spanish history.
A major social impact on “New” Spain has come from the amnesty granted in 2005 to 700.000 illegal immigrants, and from the waves of new immigrants arriving between 2001 and 2007, estimated at some 2.800.000. A total of 4.800.000 immigrants is now calculated to be living in Spain, making up 15% of the population. According to government statistics, Moroccans represent the largest group (about 583.000), followed by Romanians whose numbers shot up enormously from 31,641 in 2001 to 407,159 in 2007.
There is a certain irony in this search for work in Spain by foreign nationals. In the 1960s and early 70s it was Spaniards who emigrated in search of work. In that period about 2 million --mostly men— left their villages mainly for Switzerland, France and West Germany, sending back much needed money to their families, money that also went a long way to helping balance the national budget. This reversal of emigration to immigration is a telling indicator of the changed fortunes of Spain.
The dramatic increase in immigrants was a major factor in the recent general elections in Spain (March 9/08), which were won by the PSOE (the Socialist Party), although without a majority. In the debates prior to the elections, both the PSOE and the conservative Partido Popular (PP) agreed that the immigrants had contributed enormously to the country’s economic progress and neither side suggested reducing the level. The crux of the matter was integration. The PP proposed an integration contract that would oblige all immigrants to learn Spanish, obey the law and adhere to “Spanish customs.” Failure to do so would result in deportation. The PP proposal was to be enforced by law; the PSOE maintained its policy of persuasion (it had in fact set up a fund of $2.6 billion in 2007 to help immigrants adjust to their new environment, a generosity that infuriated many native-born Spaniards).
The result of the March 9 elections in which the PSOE won 169 of the 350 parliamentary seats to the PP’s 154, is seen as general approval for Zapatero’s policies, but the PP vote is a reminder that a good percentage of Spaniards (40% to 43.5% for the PSOE) remain attached to conservative values. Besides the immigration contract, Manuel Rajoy, the PP leader, attacked the rising crime rate (which he attributed largely to immigrants), and also called for a return to family values and less regional autonomy. A deciding factor against the PP may have been the tacit support of the Pope for Rajoy in a rally in December 2007, and the strong backing of the Church. For many Spaniards, the spectre of the Church interfering once again in politics is an ominous reminder of its past power.
Besides forming a coalition government, Prime Minister Zapatero also has to address rising inflation (at 4.3%), and growing unemployment which is partly the result of a housing boom gone bust. And in the background the question of the regions remains a constant. The murder of a former socialist politician on March 7 (the eve of the elections) by ETA, the Basque terrorist group, was a potent reminder of the political violence that has beleaguered Spain for so long.
If we understand that FRANCO was simply an extension of OLD WORLD CATHOLIC MONARCHY then we know who is behind this movement across Europe but especially in Spain back to what will be that far-right, authoritarian, militaristic, dictator EXTREME WEALTH EXTREME POVERTY LIBERTARIAN MARXISM-----the global 1% and their 2%--that small fringe group.
Here is that corporate university 'professor' ORTEGA making sure citizens think FRANCO is different from OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE DARK AGES ruling families. This is the CHRISTIAN MONITOR --so global media is selling the idea that sovereign citizens angry at immigrants taking their jobs are moving far-right NATIONALIST/RACIST. THAT is what is taking strong freedom and liberty democratic republics back to DARK AGES AUTHORITARIANISM.
“Spain has not been ‘de-Francoized,’ as Germany has been de-Hitlerized,” explains Félix Ortega, a sociology professor and expert in public opinion in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. “There are still Franco symbols even in my university!”
Spanish 99% have a far steeper road to climb in fighting back this MOVING FORWARD DARK AGES then greater Europe and US.
We discussed in detail the capture of all our religions by OLD WORLD JEWISH, CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, MUSLIM, HINDI FREEMASON AND GREEK groups who are not religious but use religion to grow power and wealth. That is who OPUS DEI is -----as we saw in yesterday's article OPUS DEI is tied to RAJOY in Spain just as OPUS DEI is tied to much of Trump's administration----PENCE----DEVOS ET AL.
These Catholic freemason groups are simply those global 1% having fleeced all the world's wealth to the themselves now pulling those puppet strings on those 5% to the 1% players and pols.
For our 99% of Spanish whether greater Spain or Catalonia-----STOPPING MOVING FORWARD is stopping Foreign Economic Zone expansion tied to Barcelona-----we can be sure the BASQUE region was assured expanded Foreign Economic Zones----bad for the 99% with only a 1% made extremely rich.
Our Latin American 99% have already seen almost all of Latin American nations colonized by these ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----ergo, the colonized status of Latin America.
Franco-fascism on the march in Spain: Is the government doing enough?
Critics say Spain's fascist threat comes not from small groups like those set to march in Barcelona Saturday, but from the radical fringe that is part of Spain's governing Popular Party.
By Andrés Cala, Correspondent October 11, 2013 Madrid — Extreme, neo-fascist groups in Spain are preparing for a show of force during this weekend’s nationalist holiday, and Spanish authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation.
But experts worry that the real fascist concern in Spain is not from small extremist groups, but rather from growing public displays of fascist sympathies by a small part of the conservative government's constituency – and even among elected officials.
“Spain has not been ‘de-Francoized,’ as Germany has been de-Hitlerized,” explains Félix Ortega, a sociology professor and expert in public opinion in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. “There are still Franco symbols even in my university!”
An alliance of radical right groups – including violent neo-Nazi ones – have mobilized to travel from around the country to Barcelona to protest Catalonian nationalism on the October 12 "Día de la Hispanidad," or "Hispanic Day," holiday. Authorities said Thursday they plan to prevent violent groups from entering Catalonia.
The holiday march is held annually, and is normally small and peaceful. But the nationalist undertones of Hispanic Day – which originally commemorated Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the American continent until was renamed in 1958 by the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco – make it a flashpoint.
Five groups – including violent neo-Nazi cells and a political party that the Supreme Court is considering banning – in July formed a common platform called "Spain on the March." Its leaders have warned they will resort to violent acts if required to preserve Spain’s territorial unity, which they feel threatened especially by regional independence aspirations.
National and regional officials and security services have since increased security ahead of Saturday's march. Barcelona authorities this week denied access to part of the route the marchers had requested in order to reduce the risk of violence and clashes with pro-independence marches.
And in Catalonia’s parliament on Friday, the chamber passed a motion to characterize fascism, Franco, and Nazis as ideologies “inciting violence and hate” – which would have given authorities more power to prosecute them. Although members of the Popular Party, which governs Spain but is a minority in the Catalonian parliament, walked out on the motion, it ultimately passed with the support of other parties.
The weekend march is not an isolated incident. As Catalonian plans to hold a referendum on independence move forward, the extreme right has re-energized, even if it remains small compared to the resurgent movements in Greece, France, and elsewhere.
Last month, a dozen radicals forced their way into a library where Catalonians were commemorating their own national day, injuring several people and tearing down Catalonian symbols. Police arrested them in the aftermath.
The real concern
Police estimate there are about 10,000 members involved in violent extreme right groups. They lost political representation in parliament in 1982, seven years after Franco died. But they didn’t disappear. They melded into the now governing PP.
The concern is not so much over the very small group of violent groups, which authorities constantly monitor. These are mostly contained, experts agree. The real problem is in from those within the government's ruling party that sympathize ideologically – even if they condemn the use of violence.
“I’m more concerned about complacency and permissive attitudes in the PP than I am about these reactionary groups,” Dr. Ortega says. “The PP has many faces. Is it an extreme right party? No. But the extreme right is part of the PP. And they now they have to tender complex electoral messages to different constituencies, including the extreme right.”
Catalonian secessionist plans have united the traditionally fragmented nationalist forces and radical fascist groups. And the extreme right is part of the constituency of the conservative PP, with some experts estimating as much as 10 percent of the party sympathizes with radical ideology, although it’s impossible to contrast.
The political heirs of Franco merged with the PP, which is ideologically a center-right party. And amid the eurocrisis, they could gain more political clout that could be significantly more dangerous than the violent groups, experts warn.
The government has been criticized by the opposition, regional governments, and human rights groups for condoning fascist public support among its own followers – which even if small in number, were unheard of until recently – even if violent groups are suppressed.
Such criticism arose again on Thursday, when PP legislators voted down a motion like that in the Catalonian parliament to criminalize public support for fascism, Franco, and the Nazis. The PP said the move was unnecessary, because such a ban is already implicit in the law.
“They publicly condemn it, but they clearly tolerate it,” Ortega says.
The crisis has brought an unprecedented public display of Franco nostalgia, with some public officials and members of the PP openly making the Nazi salute, displaying the former regime’s flag and other memorabilia, and posting pro-Franco messages on social media sites.
Municipal, regional, and even country legislators have reminisced about Franco’s era, mostly subtly, though some have openly said those killed by Franco’s forces deserved it.
On Thursday, the PP mayor of a Madrid suburb tweeted that he would send some "skinheads" to target the Socialist Party as part of a broader public debate. He later said he was just joking.
The mayor of a small town in Galicia showcased the picture of the dictator in his office and played the fascist anthem – that is, until a small bomb partially damaged the municipal building early Monday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, anarchist groups are suspected.
And earlier this month, a small town governed by the PP near Madrid allowed a fascist group to put up a stand in a public school exhibiting Franco-era and Nazi memorabilia. Officials later apologized and said that they weren’t aware of the stand.
The government and the PP leadership so far have limited their reaction to condemning violence and pro-fascist displays within its ranks. No officials have been reprimanded. “The problems are not majors or councilmen. It’s that high-ranking legislators and ministers condone this,” says Ortega.
Additionally, the PP is trying to revise history to paint a rosy picture of the Franco dictatorship, while blaming the deposed and democratically elected left-wing government for the brutal Spanish Civil War that ended in 1938.
The PP-controlled parliament last month voted down proposals from opposition parties that would have penalized pro-Franco propaganda and banned pro-Franco political parties.
“It’s true that this is not Greece or France, where the extreme right has become a political power,” Ortega says. “But you never know, especially if it seems that the PP tolerates it.”
The use of religion to MOVE FORWARD GLOBAL 1% RULE by the very global 1% trying to install yet again a MARXISM that kills religion. Remember, the OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS---OR MERCHANTS OF VENICE were not religious----they took our 99% of religious beliefs and used it to control and capture in DARK AGES.
Whether the Saudi---Jordanian----Qatar EMIR -----these global 1% of Arabic nations is no more Muslim than our global 1% Catholic. Here we have Barcelona paying that religious card -----to boost support for SEPARATION TO INDEPENDENT FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE under global 1% rule. The idea of left social progressivism around bringing all the world's religions back to what used to be a diverse CATALONIA in Medieval global trade is ridiculous today.
MOVING FORWARD COMES WITH FAR-RIGHT AUTHORITARIAN MARXISM--PRAGMATIC NIHILISM IS HUMANIST--WITHOUT MORALS, ETHICS, RULE OF LAW, GOD'S NATURAL LAW----
The US founding fathers created conditions for FREEDOM OF RELIGION by installing SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. What CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA now Trump is doing as in Spain and Europe is pretending to open the state to religion when those religious groups are only FREEMASONS/GREEKS.
It is no accident as we see above in Catalonia with the EMIR OF QATAR-----that QATAR has been chosen to be the NEXT FAKE TERRORIST affiliated group and it is MARXIST.......
'Five Arab countries — six if you count one of Libya’s rival governments — suddenly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the small Gulf state of backing militant groups including the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, a move that could potentially complicate the U.S.-led coalition against terrorist groups'.
So, Spain has FAKE FRANCO MARXISM meets FAKE QATAR MUSLIM MARXISM all filling Catalonia and Barcelona as well as Basque Foreign Economic Zones.
Catalonia to Muslims: Support Independence, Get Mega-Mosque
Qatar to Fund Third-Largest Mosque in the World
by Soeren Kern
August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am
- The tentative plan calls for the Emir of Qatar to purchase the stadium and cover all costs associated with converting the property into a mosque, which would be the third-largest in the world after those in Mecca and Medina.
- The mosque would be accompanied by a towering 300-meter (985-foot) minaret which, if approved, would dominate the Barcelona skyline and overshadow the spectacularly emblematic Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic cathedral less than one kilometer away.
- The mega-mosque is "not suitable" for Barcelona because the "people and countries" involved in the project may have "values which collide with ours," according to Alberto Fernández Díaz, leader of the Popular Party.
- Analysts say that Catalonia, which has the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe, is already a main center for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and has the potential to become one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism in the West.
- "Muslims should vote for pro-independence parties, as they need our votes. But what they do not know is that, once they allow us to vote, we will all vote for Islamic parties ... and as we begin to accumulate power in the Catalan autonomous region, Islam will begin to be implemented." — Abdelwahab Houzi, a Salafi jihadist preacher in Catalonia.
Officials from the Catalonia's ruling Convergence and Union Party (CiU) are seeking the ballots of all of the roughly 100,000 Muslims in the region who are eligible to vote. "If you support us in the referendum, there will be a mosque," CiU officials are said to have promised Muslim leaders, according to Spanish media.
The mega-mosque in question is said to involve a 2.2 billion euro ($3 billion) project to convert a historic bullfighting stadium in Barcelona into the third-largest mosque in the world, after those in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The tentative plan calls for the Emir of Qatar to purchase the stadium, known as the La Monumental, and to cover all costs associated with converting the property into a mosque. The five-year project would be completed sometime around 2020.
The historic bullfighting stadium "La Monumental" in Barcelona may become the largest mosque outside of Saudi Arabia, under a tentative plan worked out between Catalan nationalists and the Emir or Qatar. (Image source: Sergi Larripa/Wikimedia Commons)
The mosque would have an interior capacity for 40,000 worshippers and an exterior capacity for another 80,000. The mosque complex would include a Koranic study center, a library, a conference room and a museum of Islamic art and history.
The mosque would also include a research center on the history of Al Andalus, the Arabic name given to those parts of Spain, Portugal and France that were occupied by Muslim conquerors (also known as the Moors) from 711 to 1492.
Moreover, the mosque would be accompanied by a towering 300-meter (985-foot) minaret which, if approved, would dominate the Barcelona skyline. The proposed minaret would completely overshadow the spectacularly emblematic Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is situated less than one kilometer from the bullfighting arena. The spires of the church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are only 170 meters (560 feet) tall.
An interior view of "La Monumental" stadium in Barcelona. (Image source: Re Artù/Wikimedia Commons)
Catalonia is home to an estimated 465,000 Muslims, who account for more than 6% of the total Catalan population of 7.5 million. This gives Catalonia the largest Muslim population in Spain.
By way of comparison, if Catalonia were to achieve independence, it would emerge as the country with the third-largest Muslim population in Western Europe, in percentage terms, just behind France and Belgium, and far ahead of Britain and Germany.
Nevertheless, there are no official mosques in Catalonia, and Muslims normally worship in makeshift prayer centers that are located in shops and basements. Although the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, is home to an estimated 50,000 Muslims, it remains one of the only major cities in Spain without an official mosque.
The Muslim community of Barcelona has pleaded with municipal officials for a purpose-built mosque for more than two decades, and although many promises have been made, none has materialized.
"The law says that everyone has the right to pray in a dignified place, not in a shop," says the leader of the Catalan Islamic Federation, Mowafak Kanfach, who is heading the push to convert the stadium into Barcelona's first real mosque.
The stadium, which opened in 1914, has been closed since January 2012, when a Catalonia-wide ban on bullfighting entered into effect. The current owners of the property, the Balañá Group, are said to be prepared to accept the Qatari offer.
Kanfach says that a "pre-project proposal" was submitted to municipal officials in Barcelona in early 2014. He believes that the project stands a good chance of being approved because the Qatar Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the current Emir's father, already has a strong presence in the city, and the state-owned Qatar Airways sponsors Barcelona's football team.
But a leader of the Catalan branch of the center-right Popular Party (PPC), Alberto Fernández Díaz, says the mega-mosque is "not suitable" for Barcelona because the "people and countries" involved in the project may have "values which collide with ours."
Others are worried that the mosque could become a hub for Islamic terrorism. Analysts say that Catalonia, which has the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe, is already a main center for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and has the potential to become one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism in the West.
Adding to those concerns, at least three Muslim proponents of the mega-mosque with close links to the CiU have recently been tied to radical Islam.
Spanish counter-terrorism officials say that the individual representing Pakistani immigrants within the CiU, Khalid Shabaz (aka Chuhan), is believed to "hold extreme ideological views." He was arrested in 2011 for fraud and document forgery. During a recent trip to Pakistan, Chuhan was photographed wearing traditional Pakistani dress and holding an assault rifle in his hands.
Shabaz's right-hand man, Shaoib Satti, was arrested in January 2013 for heroin trafficking in a major Catalan anti-narcotics sting operation. Noureddine Ziani, a well-known Moroccan proponent of the Barcelona mega-mosque, was deported in May 2013 because the Spanish intelligence agency CNI considered him to pose "a grave danger to the security of Spain."
Kanfach counters concerns about terrorism by saying that the citizens of Barcelona "should be proud that Muslims are transforming the pain of the bulls into a spiritual center."
City officials have so far denied that the mosque project even exists, possibly to forestall public opposition to the plans.
Kanfach says that Catalan nationalism is at play in the official denials. "The only reason they are denying the existence of the project is clear," Kanfach claims. "They want Catalan construction companies to have part of the pie. They do not care whether or not the project is 'in the local interest,' they simply want guarantees that Catalan, and not Spanish, companies will get contracts."
According to Spanish media reports, the project as currently envisioned involves only German firms. So far, the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Tamim al-Thani, has commissioned KSP Engel, Zimmermann Architekten and Krebs und Kiefer International.
In mid-July, the PPC called for a vote on a proposed municipal regulation that would prohibit the stadium from being used for religious purposes. The CiU abstained from voting on the basis that it cannot vote against a project that does not exist. All of Barcelona's other political groupings rejected the proposed regulation on the grounds that it was "discriminatory and incoherent."
It remains unclear whether Catalan Muslim leaders will rally Muslim voters for Catalan independence in the absence of clear guarantees on the mosque issue.
Catalan multiculturalists have long attempted to bribe Muslim immigrants into voting for Catalan independence. Catalan pro-independence activists, for example, often post signs in front of unofficial mosques around Catalonia which state that "Catalan sovereignty will help to integrate Muslim immigrants."
Muslim mass immigration has been a key component of the Catalan independence movement for many decades. In an effort to promote Catalan nationalism and the Catalan language, Catalonian pro-independence parties have deliberately promoted immigration from Arabic-speaking Muslim countries for more than three decades, in the belief that these immigrants (unlike those from Latin America) would learn the Catalan language rather than speak Spanish.
But many of those immigrants are attached to Salafism, a radically anti-Western ideology that seeks to impose Islamic Sharia law in Catalonia and other parts of Europe.
In an ominous sign for the future of Catalonia, Salafi preachers—who reject democracy because it is a form of government designed by man rather than by Allah—are calling on Muslims who are eligible to vote to support Catalan separatist parties as a means firmly to establish Islamism in Catalonia.
Consider Abdelwahab Houzi, a Salafi jihadist preacher in the Catalan city of Lleida who adheres to the radical Wahhabi sect of Islam. He recently declared: "Muslims should vote for pro-independence parties, as they need our votes. But what they do not know is that, once they allow us to vote, we will all vote for Islamic parties because we do not believe in left and right. This will make us win local councils and as we begin to accumulate power in the Catalan autonomous region, Islam will begin to be implemented."
How do global 1% create the same civil unrest civil wars they did in Latin America these few decades? They create these deliberate conditions manufacturing CRISES around religions or not ------
'Analysts say that Catalonia, which has the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe, is already a main center for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and has the potential to become one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism in the West'.
No one knows this better than OPUS DEI AND JESUIT CATHOLIC FREEMASONS/GREEKS. What is the goal of ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE? Ending organized religion as they return to the ancient Greek paganism.
This article is written by FOREIGN AFFAIRS-----FOREIGN AFFAIRS has last century been right wing Jewish OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE-----Christian Science Monitor has been the same OLD WORLD global media tied to Jesuit freemasonry. We have spent several decades reading both and it is EASY PEASY to see over time how these major global media journals hide the truth of MOVING FORWARD GOALS as in these articles.
This article from BEITBART is right wing conservative media that bashes Jewish global citizens-----when BREITBART KNOWS ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE global 1% are NOT RELIGIOUS. So, a very, very CATHOLIC Spain is not opening up to colonization by Jewish citizens----they are all the same GLOBAL 1%.
'The BDS movement has claimed victory, since “The Festival Méditerranée of Ashdod is a clear example of how Israel uses culture to whitewash its image and show itself to the world as a modern and open-minded country, hiding its occupation, colonization and apartheid policies. By giving an image of multiculturalism and tolerance, this festival is covering up the Zionist colonizing machine, and is trying to show Israel as a ‘normal’ country.”'
As Spain Grants Exiled Jews Citizenship, Some Muslims Demand Return to ‘Al-Andalus’
Daniel Bar-On/AFP/Getty Images
by Dr. Phyllis Chesler15 Jun 201513
The Spanish government is offering citizenship to the descendants of formerly exiled Spanish Jews. No longer will such Jews actually have to travel to Spain; they need only “hire a Spanish notary and pass tests on the Spanish language and history.”
With Spain’s Jews offered a right to return, now Muslims are also demanding the same. Indeed, Morisco-Moroccan journalist, Ahmed Bensalh, has argued that the departure of Muslims who left for Muslim North Africa, and who now number up to five million, amounts to “flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination.”
Other Muslim journalists are demanding that Spain treat Muslims just as they are now willing to treat Jews. Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar has written directly to the Spanish Monarch demanding an apology and a “full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population of Andalusia by the French, English, European, and papal crusaders.”
Outrageous, clever, typical. The Muslims had occupied Spain as invaders. They were expelled to end their occupation. Jose Ribeiro e Castro, one of the Portuguese lawmakers “who drafted Portugal’s law of return for Sephardic Jews, puts it this way: ‘Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison.’”
The timing for such calls raises questions; Spain has been very much on the mind of Jihadists. They call it “Al-Andalus” and it is a region and a country that Muslims conquered, ruled, and thrived in from 711-1492. The final expulsion of Muslims from Granada did not take place until 1609.
On March 11, 2004, Al Qaeda bombed four trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding 1,800 more. Al Qaeda claimed they did so in order to punish Spain for having supported the war in Iraq. On March 15th, the Spanish people voted in the Socialist Worker’s Party, headed by Prime Minister Jose-Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Perhaps the Spaniards viewed this as a way of appeasing the Muslim/Islamist “street.”
In 2011, the socialists were voted out of power. They were defeated by a center-right party, Partido Popular, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy—a man who had served in several ministerial positions between 1996 and 2004. On his watch, the bill to “repatriate” the descendants of formerly exiled Spanish Jews began to wind its way through the legislature.
Predictably, the United Left and Basque National Party opposed the law, arguing “that it discriminates against non-Jews who were expelled during the Inquisition, including Muslims.”
Are Sephardic Jews likely to move to Spain? Namely, will the Jews under siege in other European countries (think France, Holland, England, and Germany), in Central Asia (think Turkey) or in South America (think Argentina) choose refuge there or in Portugal? Should they?
Israeli (Ashkenazi and Sephardi) Jews are, by nature and history, world travelers. Many have moved to Europe, especially to Germany for business and cultural interests. Germany has an outstanding record in terms of trying to combat Jew hatred and teaching the truth about the Holocaust.
Does Spain have a comparable record? Is the Inquisition and the Holocaust taught in school? Is the Muslim invasion of Spain taught? Is there a basis upon which Jews can decide whether or not they should move to Spain?
According to a 2012 poll, 72% of Spanish citizens believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country”; 67% believe “that Jews have too much power in the financial world;” 60% believe that “Jews have too much power in the business world;” and 47% believe that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”
In contrast, 49% of those polled in 2014, “held favorable views of Muslims.” Left-right differences also existed: only 38% of Spain’s leftists as compared to 54% of Spain’s right wing held any unfavorable views of Muslims.
Perhaps it is a small thing, but on May 15, 2015, Spanish singer Marinah pulled out of the upcoming June music festivals in Ashdod and Tel Aviv. Marinah’s concert was part of the Idan Raichel Project, where the Portuguese António Zambujo is also scheduled to perform. She followed BDS reasoning as too many misguided artists do.
The BDS movement has claimed victory, since “The Festival Méditerranée of Ashdod is a clear example of how Israel uses culture to whitewash its image and show itself to the world as a modern and open-minded country, hiding its occupation, colonization and apartheid policies. By giving an image of multiculturalism and tolerance, this festival is covering up the Zionist colonizing machine, and is trying to show Israel as a ‘normal’ country.”
This propaganda is sheer madness—but a huge number of people believe it and are not open to facts or reason.
The Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic global 1% coming back to what will be that Barcelona Foreign Economic Zone.
We discussed during population public policy and Climate Change that Western Europe over the coming 21 century will be ARID----DESERT much as Africa especially central Spain where greater Spanish 99% live. We shouted that in US the development in our US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones were deliberately undermining sustainability for US 99% of citizens as climate change conditions worsen---as natural resources are depleted---and this same situation is as dire in Spain as in US. What the global 1% in Spain is doing is building those coastal Foreign Economic Zones----Basque country is mountainous so will be most protected from 21 century climate change-----and this is what drives Spain's development MOVING FORWARD.
Global 1% and their 2% filling Foreign Economic Zones in Europe, US, this 21st century to the exclusion of 99% of sovereign citizens will have those same global 1%---whether calling themselves Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Hindi----will migrate to NORDIC/SIBERIAN real estate leaving this coastal Catalonia to extremes in weather and SEA LEVEL RISE. These policies have nothing to do with religion.
Spain: Sephardi Jews to receive instant citizenship
By Marion Fischel
November 27, 2012 23:30Spain has decided to offer automatic citizenship to anyone who can successfully prove their Sephardi origins.
Spain has decided to offer automatic citizenship to anyone who can successfully prove their Sephardi origins, Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón announced during a ceremony last week at Madrid’s Casa Sefarad-Israel.
Presiding over the ceremony was Casa Sefarad-Israel director Florentino Portero, and attendees included Gallardón, Foreign and Cooperation Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, and Isaac Querub, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities and Casa Sefarad’s director, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
In his speech, Querub referred to the “nostalgia” and “longing” of the Sephardim for Spain, and the 500 years that had passed from the 1492 Expulsion Decree until King Juan Carlos’s 1992 visit to Madrid’s Beit Jacob synagogue, where the king emphasized that “the Hispanic Jews are at home.”
Querub said the king’s words had come true in the updated version of the Carta de Naturaleza (“conditions for citizenship”).
In that charter’s previous incarnation, the naturalization stipulations – for those who could prove they were Jews originating from Sefarad (Spain) – included a two-year residence period in the country. The upgrade has abolished that condition and allows for granting immediate citizenship to those able to come up with a mixture of family anecdotes, genealogical trees, ancestors buried in Jewish graves, language and customs, whether they live in Spain or abroad, said Gallardón.
He called the move a mechanism for putting the Sephardim back into Spain – “a procedure aimed at reuniting those who have been unjustly deprived of their nationality and have recreated in their hearts a Spain that they never resigned themselves to losing and that from now on is as much theirs as it is ours, under the law.”
Gallardón remembered his great-grandfather José Rojas Moreno – the Spanish ambassador to Romania from 1941-43, who saved several Jews from the Nazis – and recalled his own long connection with the Sephardi community, dating back to his days as deputy for the North African Spanish city of Melilla.
According to data he presented, some 250,000 people speak Judeoespañol, also known as Ladino.
García-Margallo, who is also president of Casa Sefarad-Israel, said this measure was meant to speed up the naturalization process.
“Our relations [with the Sephardim] have never been interrupted, they have never been forgotten, and they have become stronger as Spain has become increasingly democratic and tolerant,” he said.
Another reason for this move, he continued, was to “recover Spain’s silenced memory,” bringing the descendants of those original Sephardim back to their land and to freedom.
Upon recognition of their Sephardi status from the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, Jews will be able to register as Spanish citizens after promising loyalty to the constitution and to the king of Spain. This will also entitle them to protection by Spanish consular offices.
There are Sephardim in Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Holland, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Italy, among others.
A spokesman for Casa Sefarad told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the initiative for easing the citizenship requirements for Sephardim had come from the the Spanish government.
“While we wait to learn more about the process, Casa Sefarad looks forward to seeing the longings of many Sephardim fulfilled. We are also very pleased with the sensitivity shown toward the Sephardi world by Spanish politicians, as the loyalty of the Sephardim to Spain is exemplary,” he said.
Founded in 2006, Casa Sefarad is a diplomatic project of the Exterior and Cooperation Ministry, the Greater Madrid Community and the Madrid Municipality, developed under former foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. Its aim is to study the Sephardi cultural legacy as an integral and living part of Spanish culture, to foster a greater knowledge of Jewish culture, and to encourage the development of friendship and cooperation ties between Spanish and Israeli society.
Spain will be feel the impact of climate change and sea level rise more than any Western European nation both from Atlantic and Mediterranean ---Catalonia is a few feet above sea level ------we KNOW sea level rise will be on average estimate 10-12 feet. We feel 21 feet is best guess. We hope our 99% of Spanish citizens AND those 99% new immigrants will not be caught in these race, class, religion issues while GORILLA IN THE ROOM development MOVES FORWARD for only the global 1%.
Climate change effects are becoming evident worldwide, but some water scarce regions present higher vulnerability. Spain, located in the Mediterranean region, is expected for instance to be highly vulnerable given its unbalanced distribution between water resources availability and existing demands'.
THE RAIN IN SPAIN WILL NOT BE FALLING MAINLY ON THE PLAIN.
Sea Level - The Rain In Spain
Sea Level (1977) You Tube