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Evidence grows of Aznar's Spanish lie

03 April 2004
THERE IS further proof that Spain's former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar lied when he announced the Basque separatist group ETA was behind the bombings in Madrid. Police officers and firefighters involved in the rescue told the Financial Times last week that they knew immediately ETA could not have carried out the bombing.

When Spain revolted

27 March 2004
CHRISTIAN HOGSBJERG reviews the play Homage to Catalonia, based on George Orwell's book of that name, and MIGUEL ARIAS recommends Orwell's original account of revolution in Barcelona.

The only democrats they can live with

27 March 2004
A DIFFERENT election, a different result and a different response. Senior figures in the White House couldn't wait to pour abuse on Spanish voters for daring to kick out Bush and Blair's friend (and their equal in the lying stakes) Jose Maria Aznar.

Millions on the march

27 March 2004
ANTI-WAR campaigners around the globe protested on 20 March after a call went out at this year's World Social Forum in India. The example set by Spain's anti-war movement inspired marchers in Italy. Two million filled the streets of Rome chanting "Berlusconi's next!"

Your chance to hit at Blair

20 March 2004
SPAIN'S ELECTORATE shocked the world by voting out its pro-war government on Sunday. There is no mainstream party you can vote for in Britain that has been unequivocally against the war. The Tories backed the war, the Lib Dems supported the war once it started.

The roots of ETA

20 March 2004
SPAIN'S TORY government tried to blame ETA for the Madrid explosions as part of its attempt to hang on to power using Spanish nationalism in a completely reactionary manner. Under the Spanish republic established in 1931 Catalonia and the Basque country had their own governments. Franco's fascists destroyed this independence when they overthrew the republic in the civil war of 1936-9.

Millions tell Aznar, 'The blood is ours. The war is yours'

20 March 2004
'NO WAR! No war!" the crowd chanted as the Socialist Party leader, Zapatero, made his acceptance speech in Madrid on Sunday. They did so as a shock election result in Spain removed from office the Tory Popular Party of Aznar. Aznar was the one of the key European leaders who most backed the war against Iraq, and a year ago posed with Bush and Blair in the Azores as they launched that war.

Spain's people grasp the genuine connections

20 March 2004
"THIS IS not the time for politics. We must show our unity against the terrorists, regardless of class or party." So proclaimed all the mainstream politicians in Spain and Britain after last week's bombings. But the governments supporting last year's war did not lose one minute in trying to squeeze the political advantage for themselves.

Sink Blair

20 March 2004
Spanish voters kick out Bush's other ally

What Spain's right wing hoped to gain

20 March 2004
THE TERRORIST attacks in Madrid, placed in three local trains, took place around 7.30am last Thursday. Most of the victims were commuting to work and school. The aim of the terrorists, according to the police, was to blow up the trains inside Atocha's station and bring down the whole building.

They can't get their own way

29 November 2003
LAST WEEK was a pretty bad one for George W Bush and his neo-conservative administration-and not just because of events in London, Istanbul and Baghdad. Bush suffered a bad setback back home in Florida, the state where he secured his dubious victory in the 2000 presidential race.Miami last week hosted a ministerial meeting whose aim was to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas, better known in Latin America by its Spanish acronym ALCA.

Inspecting to make a profit from schools

18 October 2003
MOST OF us wouldn't expect to get paid for running a vital service into the ground and then get paid again to "rescue" it. Not so if you head the government's privatised education inspectorate, Ofsted. The quango became notorious for systematically rubbishing schools and teachers with "inspections" that resembled the Spanish Inquisition.

Colin Clark

31 May 2003
MANY IN York were shocked by the sudden death of Colin Clark. Colin fought for socialism in the Labour Party and in engineering and council workplaces in the West Midlands during the 1960s and 70s. Let down by Labour, he joined the Socialist Workers Party in York. In his early fifties he successfully studied for a degree in History and Spanish.

The 'ricin' which cleans your clothes

19 April 2003
REMEMBER THE headlines when in January Spanish police arrested 16 North Africans who lived in Barcelona and Girona? "Major Al Qaida Attack Foiled" trumpeted the BBC. Tabloid papers ran lurid tales and the Guardian declared that "the group was poised to launch bomb attacks in Europe".

Why I support campaign

05 April 2003
LAST YEAR some 15,000 people from Iraq fled to Britain and applied for asylum. At last count, only 700 had received refugee status. In early March the Home Office deported to Spain an Iraqi family that had come to this country in 1999.

Real democracy

15 February 2003
Parliament is not nearly democratic enough. We need a revolution to get genuine control, writes Paul Foot

500,000 in protest

12 October 2002
UP TO 500,000 workers demonstrated in Madrid in Spain last Saturday against the right wing government's attacks on workers' rights. The demonstration is a continuation of a struggle that included a general strike in June. Spanish leader Jose Maria Aznar is a key ally of Blair in Europe.

Around world

05 October 2002
IT WAS not just in London that people took to the streets to protest against war last weekend. Other demonstrations around the world included 5,000 marching in Washington in the US, 50,000 in Madrid in Spain and 3,000 in Athens in Greece. In Rome in Italy 100,000 took part in a demonstration which had a major anti-war theme.

Two worth viewing

07 September 2002
TWO MEN, a nurse and a travel journalist, and their relationships with two women, a dancer and a bullfighter, who are both in a coma. Talk To Her, a new film by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, uses that unlikely storyline to reveal a lot about sexuality in Spain today. The characters are sensitively drawn, especially male nurse Benigno and his obsessive and one-sided relationship with the dancer.

Socialists and the struggle for Basque freedom

31 August 2002
THE SPANISH government this week won a parliamentary vote to make the Basque nationalist political party Batasuna illegal. Batasuna is the political wing of the ETA armed group. We spoke to INAKI ORTIZ of Socialist Worker's sister paper in Spain, En Lucha.

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