Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

29 September 2020 — The Grayzone

A Spanish judge’s request to probe a Las Vegas Sands staffer’s apparent role in a criminal spying operation against Julian Assange indicates the investigation is homing in on US intelligence. Tellingly, the Department of Justice is stonewalling the application.

By Max Blumenthal

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Catalonia News Links 19-20 October 2019

20 October 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Dramatic Footage Shows National Spanish Police In Brutal Catalonia Protest Crackdown
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ActivistPost/~3/9rkG60XpNgs/dramatic-footage-shows-national-spanish-police-in-brutal-catalonia-protest-crackdown.html

Tsunami Of Dissent Floods Streets Of Catalonia
https://popularresistance.org/tsunami-of-dissent-floods-streets-of-catalonia/

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Podemos, Catalan nationalists cover up role of intelligence in Barcelona attack By Alejandro López

22 July 2019 — WSWS

The exposure of the role of Spain’s National Intelligence Centre (CNI) in the August 2017 Barcelona attacks is also unmasking the reactionary role of Podemos and the Catalan nationalists. They are covering up reports by news site Público that the CNI intensively monitored the Islamic State (IS) cell up to the day it carried out the August 2017 Barcelona attacks, and used the IS cell’s leader, Abdelbaki Es Satty, as an informant.

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Podemos could lose half its seats in Spain’s general election By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell

2 April 2019 — WSWS

Support for Spain’s pseudo-left Podemos party has slumped ahead of the April 28 general election as a result of its pro-austerity, pro-Socialist Party (PSOE) policies.

Polls suggest the share of the vote for the Podemos-United Left coalition has crashed from 21.1 percent at the last election to a12.3 percent, and that it could lose up to half of its 71 seats in Congress.

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CIA Blames Its Proxy For Its Raid On North Korea’s Embassy In Spain

16 March 2019 — Moon of Alabama

The CIA is the main suspect in the military style raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid. It now launched a somewhat hapless effort to deflect from it. The Spanish report in which Spanish government sources accuse the CIA said:

At least two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and have connections to the US intelligence agency. The CIA has denied any involvement but government sources say their response was “unconvincing.”

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Spanish army threatens to intervene in Catalonia as ministers are jailed By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier

3 November 2017 — WSWS

After imposing Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to suspend Catalonia’s elected government last week, Spain, backed by the European Union (EU), is rapidly moving towards a military regime. As High Court judge Carmen Lamela remanded into custody eight ministers of the Catalan regional government, Spanish armed forces chief General Fernando Alejandre threatened yesterday to attack Catalonia.

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Catalan Premier Appeals To EU As Opposition Mounts To Madrid’s Crackdown By Alex Lantier

1 November 2017 — WSWS

From Brussels, where he fled to escape prosecution by Spanish authorities, deposed Catalan regional premier Carles Puigdemont appealed yesterday for the European Union to intervene in the secession crisis. Last week, Madrid invoked Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to impose an unelected regime in Catalonia in response to the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. Now Puigdemont is asking the EU to broker a deal between the Popular Party government in Madrid and the ousted Catalan authorities.

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Spain Imposes Military Rule in Catalonia to Preempt Independence Bid By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López

30 October 2017 — WSWS

The Spanish Senate formally voted 214-47 on Friday to authorize the implementation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, suspending parliamentary rule in Catalonia. It handed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy full powers to suspend the Catalan regional government, proceed with punitive measures outlined in Rajoy’s October 21 speech, and impose an unelected Catalan government answerable only to Madrid.

As Article 155 was being debated in the Senate, where Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party (PP) has an absolute majority, the Catalan parliament anticipated the outcome of the debate and voted to declare independence. Thousands of protesters surrounded Catalan government buildings in Barcelona Friday night amid calls to defend the newly-declared republic.

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Spain Moves Toward Military Rule In Catalonia By Alex Lantier

12 October 2017 — WSWS

In a menacing speech to the Spanish Congress on Wednesday, Popular Party (PP) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stated that, in response to Catalan regional Premier Carles Puigdemont’s speech affirming the October 1 independence referendum, he was preparing to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. This provision allows Madrid to suspend the authority of the Catalan regional government and seize control of the region’s finances and administration.

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Catalan Premier Affirms Right To Independence From Spain, But Delays Formal Declaration By Alex Lantier

11 October 2017 — WSWS

Speaking Tuesday evening before the Catalan parliament in Barcelona, regional premier Carles Puigdemont announced that Catalonia would secede from Spain, in line with the result of the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. However, he put off a formal declaration of independence for now and requested negotiations with the central government in Madrid. The Popular Party (PP) government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has declared the referendum illegal and treasonous and ruled out talks with Puigdemont.

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