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Hundreds of thousands protest Spanish labour reforms

MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of people, many waving red and white union flags, protested across Spain on Sunday against sweeping labour market reforms that make it easier to slash pay and lay off workers. Spain’s two biggest unions, the CCOO and UGT, led protests in 57 cities against the…

U.N. complaint alleges illegal pressure on Spain to stop Bush torture trials

A complaint filed Thursday with the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers alleges that the United States and the government of Spain colluded to stop the Spanish judiciary from prosecuting U.S. figures for torture under a legal theory construct known as universal jurisdiction. Those individuals…

Leak reveals U.S. threat moved Spain to implement anti-piracy law

Much as U.S. officials leaned on France to pass an Internet disconnection law for repeated copyright offenders, so too was Spain threatened with repercussions if their lawmakers did not pass a strict new anti-piracy law, according to a leaked U.S. diplomat’s letter obtained by Spanish newspaper El Pais. Dated Dec.…

Spaniards ring in new year of more austerity

MADRID — Luis Zorrilla wants to celebrate the New Year and forget, at least for a day, Spain’s economic crisis and government spending cuts that have triggered the “indignant” protest movement. “Today is a day to forget the crisis,” says Zorrilla, a teacher, laughing as he gets ready to eat…

From cannabis beer to seeds, Spanish fair has it all

MADRID — Aitor Hernandez has been looking to buy a new glass pipe to smoke cannabis since June but waited for an annual cannabis fair which got underway Friday near Madrid to make his choice. “You can see all the types of pipes that exist, the newest styles, in one…

WORLD CUP FINAL: Spain 1-0 Netherlands

8 goals in 7 games net Spain the World Cup. Despite the paltry scoring, they’re deserving champions — I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a midfield dominate possession so completely and effortlessly in every game. They sent teams chasing after the ball until an opening presented itself, usually late, and…

Spain 1 – 0 Paraguay: Meh, shrug, yawn, OMFG!!!

Yeah, so…there were these penalty kicks… So. This game. I wasn’t going to have much to say about it, really. The first half was a scoreless…well, I won’t go so far as to call it a bore, but it was far from exciting. Paraguay’s defense was pretty strong, and they…

Round of 16, final match: Spain moves on

Yay, me! All me! I win! The knockout round ended today with the Iberian derby, as Spain pushed past Portugal with a 1-0 victory. Super happy David Villa’s 63rd minute strike may have been the only goal, but it was a far more entertaining game than the scoreline would have…

Group H Results: Spain win, Chile hang on

Spain-Chile began as wide open as promised, and in the early-going, it was Chile who looked looser and bolder. Fernando Torres continued his tentative play, and even Iker Casillas made some basic miscues in the opening 20 minutes. Then everything changed, thanks mostly to one guy. This guy. You know…

Spain 2-0 Honduras

SCORE! SCORE! CHOKE! Almost a great performance from Spain thanks to an almost-cluch performance by one of their star strikers leaves them almost in a good position. A zig-zagging strike for the ages from David Villa after 17 minutes gave the impression Spain was about to open the floodgates. When…

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