Archive for June 14th, 2006

Spain wins 4-0!!!

DORTMUND, Germany (Ticker) – Spain is known for its international flops. But the curtain opener for the 2006 World Cup was a rousing success.David Villa scored a pair of goals, including one on a penalty kick, to lead Spain to a dominant 4-0 victory over World Cup newcomer Ukraine in a Group H match at Leipzig.The Spaniards are making their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, but have failed to reach the semifinals since posting their best result – a fourth-place finish in 1950.

However, this team appears to be the class of Group H and is riding a 23-match unbeaten streak under coach Luis Aragones.
“It doesn’t often happen that you win your first match 4-0,” Aragones
said. “The heat was a factor, certainly, but we did our bit too.”
Xabi Alonso opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a header off a corner kick by Xavi.
Just four minutes later, Villa scored on a deflected free kick.
Villa scored again just two minutes into the second half on a penalty
kick after being brought down by Vladyslav Vashchyuk, who was ejected
for pulling his opponent’s shirt.
Fernando Torres capped the scoring with a powerful right-footed shot in the 81st minute.

Spain rolls to dominant win in World Cup opener – World Soccer – Yahoo! Sports

Well, at least the football is going OK…. :). Hope this continues….

But Roman said “panem et circenses” (bread and circus). World hasn’t changed much…

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I do not have much time but I think there has been some very important developments:

  1. ETA, feeling its power after the behaviour of Mr. Zapatero, has now written -again- to French authorities, stating that, “the “Basque Conflict will go on, if France does not recognise Euskal Herría”. According to the communiqué, France imposes “censorship and silence for the conflict not to be known“. They reclaim France also to suspend the “attacks and violations of human rights against Basque citizens and Euskal Herría“.
  2. Spanish Vice-President, Fernández de la Vega (you know, “don’t know why they are demonstrating against terrorism, if there is no terrorism in Spain“), has answered that is not realistic to involve other State.
  3. And France has answered that “a pacific solution is a matter of Spanish sovereignty” and that “they support Spanish authorities in that process“. France denies there is any French Basque country, whatever the words of the terrorists are. French MSM have said nothing about it. The only reference I have found to Spain in the French Media is this title: “Des Espagnoles se mobilisent pour éradiquer le foootball“. Or Spanish women are mobilizing to end football matches”. Well, I have not heard about them, really… But I doubt that they are going to be succesfull. 😉
  4. Also today, the Association of Firms in Navarra has denounced the letters Eta has sent them, asking them for money, after the truce. The Government has said that they had no knowledge these letters had been sent.
  5. As a result, PP has answered that dialogue “is not appropriate yet“.
  6. Los dos etarras, en la primera sesión del juicio por la muerte del edil José Luis Caso. (Foto: EFE)In the National Court a very important criminal process is being held: the one against ETA terrorist “Txapote” and his girlfriend (image) accused of kidnapping and killing, among others, Miguel Ángel Blanco, and the PP Ermua Councilman. He is also accused of the murders of José Luis Caso, Councilman in Rentería; PP Cpuncilman, Gregorio Ordóñez; Chief of the Local POlice of San Sebastián, Alfonso Morcillo; of PSOE Councilman Fernando Múgica; of the Spanish Army Brigade Mariano de Juan. He is also accused of the bombings against the military barracks in Loyola and against Txitxarro disco Pub, which was owned by the family of José María Korta, also killed by ETA in 2000. The first day in Court, they quarreled with the Police. In the second day, they had been expelled from the Court Room, because of the lack of respect they have shown to the Tribunal. Yesterday they sat giving their back to the Tribunal.
  7. If yesterday Rajoy and Piqué were insulted and slapped, today Acebes has been the object of these aggressions. They have called him fascist and have shouted at him “We are a nation”. To avoid this scenario, PP had changed the place in which the act was going to be held. But the nationalists have found it . In his speech, Acebes La diputada del PPC Ángeles Olano.has insisited in denouncing the plan that Zapatero, has according to him, that consists in “maintaining a coalition between leftists and nationalists to expell PP from public and political life“. There has been no clear condemnations of these acts from the rest of the political parties. What is more, they have justified them in the “provocative attitudes of PP“. (Must we remind people in the Basque country back in the 80’s justified the murder of people saying “they must have done something to merit that death?”).
  8. One of the members of PP in Catalonia, Ángeles Solano, has received an envelope that contained salt and drawing paintign her as target.
  9. Aznar, in a conference in FAES titled “World situation: a new geopolitical environment“, alerted about the losing of competitiveness of the Spanish economy which is provoking problems with the rest of the associates of EU. He said he is worried about “some articles that say Spain can be expelled from euro-zone”. He also remarked Spain has a very high inflation and that the public expenditure is going to rise enormously in the next months to come. Here is the summary from FAES.

You can see the thoughts of Spanish bloggers: Radikales libres, Diario de las estrellas, Carmelo Jordá, Ajopringue, Batiburrillo, Liberalismo.org, Libre para Pensar, El blog de John Galt, El paraíso perdido, Prevost, Indrackia, Anghara,

Lastly a video I have found here:

NOTE: the music is from the Spanish song of the summer “Opá, yo viazé un corrá” (Daddy, I am going to make a stockyard”), but the music is as if Mr Rodríguez Zapatero would sing it.

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Aung San Suu Kyi is the elected leader of Burma and a pro-democracy activist, but the military junta there has kept her under house arrest for ten out of the last 17 years.
The junta moved the capital, renamed the country Myanmar, and is steadily buying arms from China. They are a repressive regime with an insurrection on their hands, they are massing troops at the borders of Thailand, and they continue to build “Nationalities Youth Resource Development Degree Colleges” which could be re-education camps for the youths in rebel regions.In the UN the US will shortly introduce a resolution to urge the junta to change it’s repressive policies, frowned on by most countries in the world.

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Interesting that they are buying weapons from China.

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Police and protesters have clashed in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, on the second day of a general strike called by the opposition Awami League party.Police fired tear gas to disperse opposition workers in the city’s Mahakali and Mirpur areas, reports say.The nationwide 36-hour strike called by the Awami League and its allies has closed businesses and schools and hit transport across the country.
The opposition is demanding electoral reforms ahead of polls due in January.An unelected interim administration is due to supervise the elections. The opposition says it will be full of government supporters.
On Tuesday, at least 50 people were injured in clashes with police in Dhaka and the neighbouring town of Narayanganj.”We are agitating to assert our democratic rights. But the government shows no tolerance because it is an autocratic regime,” senior Awami League leader Tofayel Ahmed told Reuters news agency.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Bangladesh strike turns violent

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