News, November 2004

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November 30th, resumé.

(Church and Sport news click more) Ex-president Aznar defended his record yesterday before the 3/11 parliementary commission, investigating the terrorist killings - up to 2.5 million were watching the 11 hours live on TVE2, the commision president says his continbutions open up new avenues of investigation; cabinet met to prepare new vote on membership of judiciary; 9 injured in work on new high speed rail tunnel north of Madrid; 100 illegals dead so far this year attempting to land on Spanish soil; heavy snow and rain warning in Madrid, La Mancha, Galicia and Extremadura. Over the past 2 weeks other major headlines have included: Basque Lehendakari believes we are in a post-ETA time more >>

Historic ETA leaders call a halt to 'military action'

2nd November. On a day when terrorism is the nº1 issue in the US election, and the same day that another bunch of suspected terrorists have been arrested, six historic leaders of ETA (all currently serving jail sentences) have called for an end to their reign of terror. In a nutshell, they admit that this is the worst moment in ETA's history and there seems no point in attempting to continue their political struggle by armed means. They would now prefer to see their political wing take up the struggle for the independence they so desire for their country. more >>

New wave of arrests as Islamics suspected of attack plan against National Court.

29 October. On the 19th seven suspected terrorists were detained for questioning about a plot to attack the national court in Madrid. Another 10 were questioned inside Spanish prisons. Today another 13 suspects have been 'arrested' (some also within prisons) around Spain. Switzerland holds the suspected cell leader, more >>

News theme: Basque politics and ETA

Until 2003, terrorism in Spain meant ETA. Bombs, or bomb threats, assasinations and extortion were a regular part of life, affecting few directly, but leaving no one completely sure that it could not hit him or her. Evidently, the events of 11th March, 2004 changed the whole way Spaniards look at terrorism, as ETA lost its monopoly with the arrival of islamic terror. At the same time, over the past year many accused of key ETA roles have been arrested. Yet, while terrorism is now regarded in a different way, the Basque 'problem' continues to be a major theme in the news and the political agenda. more >>

News Theme: Big events in 2005, 400th anniversary of El Quijote

In 2005 is the 400th anniversary of the mother of all novels, Cervantes' Don Quijote, a book written under the eyes of the Spanish Inquisition but which expresses many ideas and quotes scripture at large. Evangelicals have not missed this fact and are hard at work to point out the references! more >>

News theme: weather and winter travel

Spain is not, contrary to its image, permanent summer! The tourist season is limited, even at coastal areas, except in the Canary Islands, to half the year. Winter, especially inland, is far harsher than it is in (mostly) mild Britain, so far further north. more >>

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