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US spied on ’60 million phone calls’ in Spain in one month

An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn

Mon, Oct 28, 2013, 10:42

The US National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone, according to a document published by a Spanish newspaper.

The report in El Mundo comes a week after Le Monde reported similar allegations of US spying in France, and German magazine Der Spiegel reported that a document shows that Washington tapped chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

El Mundo said that a document provided by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows that the NSA monitored the phone calls from December 10th, 2012 until January 8th, 2013 but not their content.

Meanwhile a German newspaper said yesterday that US president Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Dr Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know.

Germany received information this week that the NSA had bugged Dr Merkel’s mobile phone, prompting Berlin to summon the US ambassador, a move unprecedented in post-war relations between the close allies.

The NSA denied that Mr Obama had been informed about the operation by the NSA chief in 2010, as reported by the German newspaper. But the agency did not comment directly on whether Mr Obama knew about the bugging of Dr Merkel’s phone.

Both the White House and the German government declined comment. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the NSA ended the program that involved Merkel after the operation was uncovered in an Obama administration review that began this summer. The NSA was not immediately available for comment on the report.

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Spain warns US of breakdown in trust after new NSA revelations

White House struggles to contain diplomatic crisis after claim that NSA harvested 60m Spanish calls

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US ambassador to Spain, James Costos, arrives at Spain’s foreign ministry to discuss the alleged US spying on Spanish leaders Photograph: Kote Rodrigo/EPA

The Spanish government has warned of a potential breakdown of trust with the US following reports that the National Security Agency monitored more than 60m phone calls in Spain in the space of one month.

As the White House struggled to contain a growing diplomatic crisis with its allies across the world, Madrid summoned the US ambassador to Spain to demand an explanation of the extent of US spying. The NSA is alleged to have intercepted 60.5m phone calls in Spain between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013.

In the latest revelations from the documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, El Mundo newspaper published an NSA graphic, entitled “Spain – last 30 days”, showing the daily flow of phone calls within Spain. On one day alone – 11 December 2012 – the NSA reportedly monitored more than 3.5m phone calls.

The outcry comes days after it emerged that the NSA spied on the phone calls of scores of allies, including the personal phone of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

It appears that the content of the calls was not monitored but the NSA recorded the serial and phone numbers of the handsets used, the locations, sim cards and the duration of the calls. Emails and other social media were also monitored in what human rights groups have called an extraordinary invasion of people’s privacy. El Mundo said software called Boundless Informant was used to process the information.

Following the meeting between the US ambassador, James Costos, and Spanish government ministers, the foreign ministry released a statement, saying: “Spain has relayed to the United States the importance of preserving a climate of trust … and its interest in understanding the full reach of practices that, if true, would be considered inappropriate and unacceptable between allies”.

Costos said Washington acknowledged “that some of our closest allies have raised concerns about the recent series of unauthorised disclosures of classified information”. However, he defended the NSA, saying it had not only played a critical role in protecting the US, but had “also played an instrumental role in our co-ordination with our allies and in protecting their interests, as well.”

 

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Obama ‘Aware Of Merkel Tapping Since 2010’

US President Barack Obama is being dragged further into the transatlantic spying row after new allegations are made.

Chancellor Merkel and President Obama

Video: The new claims contradict what Mr Obama told Mrs Merkel

Barack Obama knew three years ago that his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel, according to a newspaper, despite reports he told the German leader he knew nothing about the situation.

Bild am Sonntag claimed the US President allowed US intelligence to continue listening to the German Chancellor’s calls, after being briefed on the operation by the National Security Agency in 2010.

It also alleged that Mr Obama personally authorised the monitoring of Mrs Merkel’s mobile phone.

Germany received information last week that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had bugged Mrs Merkel’s phone, prompting Berlin to summon the US ambassador – a move unprecedented in post-war relations between the close allies.

The NSA denied Mr Obama had been informed about the operation by the NSA chief in 2010, as reported by the newspaper, but the agency did not comment on whether Mr Obama knew about the bugging of Mrs Merkel’s phone.

Both the White House and the German government declined to comment.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the NSA ended the programme that involved Mrs Merkel after the operation was uncovered in an Obama administration review that began this summer.

The programme also involved as many as 35 other world leaders, some of whom were still being monitored, according to the WSJ report, which was attributed to US officials.

 

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Spain sees link between quakes and offshore gas storage plant

A platform, part of the Castor Project, located in the Ebro Delta off the coast of Alcanar, stands at sea on October 2, 2013 (AFP, Lluis Gene)

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Madrid — Spain’s government said Thursday that a wave of small earthquakes that have rattled the country’s eastern coast could be caused by a large offshore gas storage plant.

Over 300 earthquakes have struck the Gulf of Valencia, a zone not normally known for seismic activity, over the past month, according to Spain’s National Geographic Institute. The quakes have not caused any damage but have frightened residents.

The strongest, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, hit in the early hours of Tuesday.

Two earthquakes measuring 4.1 struck the region late on Wednesday.

Environmentalists blame the earthquakes on the injection of gas into a giant underground gas storage facility located in the Gulf of Valencia but the government has up to now said there was no confirmed link.

The Castor storage plant aims to store gas in a depleted oil reservoir 1.7 kilometres (1.05 miles) under the Mediterranean Sea and send it via a pipeline to Spain’s national grid.

“There seems to be a correlation, a direct relationship between the gas injection in the underground storage facility which is 22 kilometres from the coast and the microearthquakes that have occurred,” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in an interview with radio Cadena Cope.

Spanish firm Escal UGS which owns and operated the Castor storage plant stopped injecting gas into the underground reservoir on June 16.

 

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Published on Oct 1, 2013

Architect Camino Alonso wanted to create a small, portable, prefab homes, but she didn’t want it to feel like a shipping container. Camino, along with her husband and siblings (also architects at their firm Ábaton), created ÁPH80, a tiny home that ships like furniture, but has the style and usability of a smartphone.

Their Casa Transportable (“Transportable House”) is manufactured in 6 weeks in a CNC factory in Northern Spain. Their largest model (9 by 3 meters) is still small enough to fit on the back of a truck. The height of 3.5 meters allows for a gabled roof to give it the feel of a real house, but it’s just low enough to fit under bridges and tunnels while on the road.

Once the house arrives at the site, like a shipping container, it is craned into place in as little as 20 minutes. When Ábaton installed their prototype house on an empty plot in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Madrid, they had dug a few small holes in preparation for the “foundation footings”: in this case, recycled wood blocks leftover from other construction projects, but cement or a nice rock work as foundation as well.

Ábaton provides instructions and sketches so any crane operator can put the home in place. The home arrive fully plumbed and wired. Their prototype home is the “apartment” with kitchen/living room, bathroom (with full shower) and bedroom (bed included), but they offer other models for those looking interested in simply placing an extra bedroom in their backyard (they offer several combinations e.g. a bedroom/bathroom, 2 bedrooms, livingroom/kitchen, bedroom/living room).

CNC-milled grey cement-board panels lock together to provide not only a sleek exterior, but a ventilated facade. This layered exterior along with 10 centimeters of insulation means the home is thermally efficient – useful for off-grid purposes, but it also means that even without AC on a very hot day in Madrid, the inside of the space stayed cool (we also filmed a video with the Alonso’s at the abandoned stable they turned into a country home).

Ábaton: http://abaton.es/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…

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Make yourself at home in a DAY: Architects create a house small enough to be delivered by truck and put up in a few hours… and if you’re worried it looks like a concrete shed, just take a peek inside

By Kieran Corcoran

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Loaded up on the back of a lorry, it looks like an unremarkable metal shed.

But this portable home, which can be set up in just one day, is actually a luxury home with a living room, full bathroom and a double bedroom.

The tiny home, which can be set up anywhere, is only 290 square feet, but has everything you need to comfortably house two people.

 

Moving house: The portable home fits comfortably on the back of a lorry

Moving house: The portable home fits comfortably on the back of a lorry

Mobile: The unassuming grey box can be carried by a lorry and set up within a day

Mobile: The unassuming grey box can be carried by a lorry and set up within a day

Assembled: But peel away the concrete panels and inside is a luxurious home

Assembled: But peel away the concrete panels and inside is a luxurious home

Plush: There is ample living space inside the home

Plush: There is ample living space inside the home

Room with a view: And the glass doors let in plenty of natural light

Room with a view: And the glass doors let in plenty of natural light

Dreamy: The bedroom, to the left of the home, can fit a full double bed

Dreamy: The bedroom, to the left of the home, can fit a full double bed

Cleansing: There is even a bathroom area

Cleansing: There is even a bathroom area

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Locals try to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, central Portugal, on August 30, 2013

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Locals try to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. (AFP Photo/Patricia de Melo Moreira)

Firefighters battled wildfires on Friday in Portugal where they have claimed five lives and tamed another major blaze in northern Spain, officials said.

In Portugal, some 1,400 firefighters backed by Spanish and French aircraft were battling a series of fires that have ravaged thousands of hectares of forest in the north and centre of the country.

Locals helped fight Portugal’s main fire in the central Caramulo mountain range, tipping buckets of water or beating it with branches. Others stood by amazed, holding rags over their mouths to shield them from the smoke.

“I’ve never seen such a fierce fire. Everything is covered in soot. It is going to be difficult to continue living here,” said Maria Sousa, 66, a local resident.

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Locals shout as they try to extinguish a wildfire in Caramulo, central Portugal on August 29, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country’s north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters works at the site of a wildfire O Rosal near Pontevedra, on August 29, 2013. Spain is prone to forest fires in summer because of soaring temperatures, strong winds and dry vegetation. Last year wildfires destroyed some 150,000 hectares of land in Spain from January to July, after one of the driest winters on record. PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

Flames and smoke rise into the air as a firefighters works at the site of a wildfire in Lousame, near A Coruna, on August 29, 2013. Spain is prone to forest fires in summer because of soaring temperatures, strong winds and dry vegetation. Last year wildfires destroyed some 150,000 hectares of land in Spain from January to July, after one of the driest winters on record. PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

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Freed pedophile rearrested in Spain after Morocco pardon fiasco

Release of Daniel Galván on Sunday after serving barely two years of 30-year sentence sparked riots outside Morocco’s parliament

Moroccans protest against release of Spanish paedophile

Demonstrators in Morocco protest against the release of Daniel Galván. Photograph: Abdelhak Senna/EPA

A convicted Spanish paedophile whose pardon by the King of Morocco sparked riots there has been arrested in Murcia in south-east Spain.

Daniel Galván’s arrest is the latest episode in a diplomatic farce that began with his release at the end of July along with 47 other Spanish prisoners held in Moroccan jails, the majority of them on drugs charges, after Spain’s King Juan Carlos allegedly appealed for their pardon.

He was released on Sunday after serving barely two years of his 30-year sentence for sexually abusing 11 children aged between three and 14, leading to riots in front of the parliament building in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

In response to the protests, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI revoked Galván’s pardon late on Sunday, saying he would never have granted it had he been aware of the seriousness of his crimes – but Galván had already left the country.

Initially there was speculation that Galván, an Iraqi with Spanish citizenship, was pardoned on the orders of Spain’s secret service, for whom he had allegedly been working as a spy in Iraq.

It then emerged that the Moroccan authorities had been presented with two lists by the Spanish government: one with the names of 15 prisoners to be pardoned, and the other with 33 prisoners to be sent to Spain to complete their sentences. The king mistakenly pardoned them all, including Galván, who went to Spain with the help of Spanish authorities.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fires

Photo - A helicopter works above a fire, near the village of Andratx on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, July 28, 2013. The regional government of Spain's Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean luxury tourist destination. A statement says some 700 residents had to be evacuated early Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
A helicopter works above a fire, near the village of Andratx on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Sunday, July 28, 2013. The regional government of Spain’s Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean luxury tourist destination. A statement says some 700 residents had to be evacuated early Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)

01.08.2013 Forest / Wild Fire Spain Palma de Mallorca, Estellencs Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in Spain on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 15:14 (03:14 PM) UTC.

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In Mallorca, 700 people have been evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of the island as a fierce forest fire edges closer. Security forces told euronews that the blaze is not yet under control. It began two days ago near Andratx, quickly scorching through the oak and pine forest above the town. Since then, the fire has blazed through an area of more than 2,000 hectares – the worst fire in Mallorca since 1999. With temperatures of 40 degrees in the shade and high winds, it is moving fast and difficult to contain. More than 300 firefighters have been deployed. Aeroplanes and helicopters are also being used to douse the flames.

Forest / Wild Fire in Spain on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 15:14 (03:14 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 01 August, 2013 at 03:45 UTC
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The regional government of Spain’s Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean tourist destination. A statement says some 700 residents were evacuated early Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills. The fire started Friday just east of the port of Andratx and began to move along the island’s northern forested parkland. Some 360 firefighters and 26 water-carrying aircraft are combatting the flames, the government says. The hills to the north of Mallorca, known as the Sierra de Tramontana, are of great natural beauty and many wealthy people, such as Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, are known to have acquired villas along its coastline.

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Wildfire rages out of control in Spain’s Mallorca

 

MADRID (AP) — The regional government of Spain’s Balearic Islands says a wildfire is raging out of control in Mallorca, the popular Mediterranean tourist destination.

A statement says some 700 residents were evacuated early Sunday morning from the village of Estallencs as fires fanned by winds spread eastward along wooded hills.

The fire started Friday just east of the port of Andratx and began to move along the island’s northern forested parkland. Some 360 firefighters and 26 water-carrying aircraft are combatting the flames, the government says.

The hills to the north of Mallorca, known as the Sierra de Tramontana, are of great natural beauty and many wealthy people, such as Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, are known to have acquired villas along its coastline.

 

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‘I’ve Derailed!’: Excess Speed Suspected in Spanish Rail Disaster

Photo Gallery: Video Stills of Spanish Train Crash
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Was the driver of the train that derailed in Spain on Wednesday night going too fast? Eyewitness accounts, a video of the deadly crash and statements from the driver himself suggest he was. Why did safety systems fail to prevent the disaster?

“July 24 will no longer be the eve of a day of celebration,” said Alberto Nunez Feijoo, regional president of Spain’s Galicia. Rather, it will commemorate “one of the saddest days” in the region’s history.

Feijoo on Thursday ordered a seven-day period of mourning in the region following the previous night’s disastrous train crash not far from the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. The accident killed 80 people and injured many more, with over 90 reportedly still in the hospital. Dozens of the injured remained in critical condition on Thursday. The train was reportedly carrying 218 passengers and five crew members, though the numbers reported have varied.

The crash is the worst rail disaster seen in Spain in decades, and there are mounting indications that excessive speed may have been the decisive factor in the derailment. Spanish daily El País on Thursday posted a video to its website from a security camera located at the site of the accident. The footage shows the train rapidly coming around a sharp bend before the first and second cars appear to jump the tracks. The engine is dragged onto its side and the rest of the eight-car train piles up behind it. The video ends with the train apparently crashing into the camera.

At least 77 people were killed and over 130 injured on Wednesday evening when a...

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At least 77 people were killed and over 130 injured on Wednesday evening when a train derailed on the outskirts of the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in one of Europe’s worst train disasters in recent years.

One of the drivers, too, confirmed that he had been travelling too fast. Immediately after the crash, he radioed the railway station, saying he had entered the sharp bend at 190 kilometers per hour (120 mph), more than double the maximum allowed of 80 kmh, according to national broadcaster TVE.

“I’ve derailed! What am I going to do? What am I going to do?” he shouted, according to TVE. He also repeatedly said, “We’re only human! We’re only human!” He then added: “I hope there are no deaths because they would weigh heavily on my conscience.” On Thursday, police opened an investigation into one of the drivers on suspicion that he may bear some responsibility for the disaster.

Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is expected to visit the crash scene on Thursday.

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Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is expected to visit the crash scene on Thursday.

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Date: 13 June 2013 Time: 12:12 PM ET

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Possible future scenarios for the subduction zone developing off Spain’s coast.
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A budding subduction zone offshore of Spain heralds the start of a new cycle that will one day pull the Atlantic Ocean seafloor into the bowels of the Earth, a new study suggests.

Understanding how subduction zones start is long-lasting mystery in plate tectonics, said lead study author João Duarte, a research fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Subduction zones are key players in creating supercontinents and opening and closing Earth’s oceans. In a subduction zone, one of Earth’s tectonic plates dives beneath another, sinking into the mantle, the layer under the crust. As oceanic crust disappears, continents may draw closer together and collide, as has happened numerous times in the history of the planet. Subduction zones also spawn the biggest earthquakes on the planet, as in Japan, Chile and Alaska. [The 10 Biggest Earthquakes in History]

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many commit suicide when eviction day arrives

many commit suicide when eviction day arrives

‘Escrache’ in Spanish means a demo at the home of a corrupt person in power.

In recent weeks a wave of such demos has spread round Spain, protesting aginst politicians rejection of the proposed popular law to stop mortgage evictions (now running at over 500 a day).

The anti eviction campaign went viral and the PAH platform gathered over 1 million signatures to qualify for presenting a progressive new law.

But the politicians, themselves mired in a huge wave of disgusting money scandals, are rejecting it, to squeeze every penny possible to help their banker friends and feed the insatiable creditors.

They have even refused to abolish ‘dación en pago’ whereby you have to go on paying the mortgage, often for 40 years, even after you have been evicted and the house repossessed. This is so unjust that people are furious. Especially since the public now realise that the credit for loans is just ‘created’ by the banks, out of thin air (though in relation to their levels of our deposits).

 

 

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So much  for the  doomsday  prophesies  of   the  population  explosion alarmists….Not  to  mention the justification for the  Eugenics  Agenda.

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A model predicts that the world’s populations will stop growing in 2050

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 10:37 in Earth & Climate

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This is an estimated and projected world population according to different variants, 1950-2100 (billions). The model matches with the low fertility variant.

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The results, obtained with a model used by physicists, coincide with the UN’s downward forecasts. According to United Nations’ estimates, the world population in 2100 will be within a range between 15.8 billion people according to the highest estimates -high fertility variant- and 6.2 billion according to the lowest — low fertility variant-, a figure that stands below the current 7 billion.

A mathematical model developed by a team from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the CEU-San Pablo University, both from Spain, seems to confirm the lower estimate, in addition to a standstill and even a slight drop in the number of people on Earth by the mid-21st century.

The population prospects between 1950 and 2100 provided by the UN were used to conduct the study, published in the journal ‘Simulation’. Mathematical equations which are used in scientific fields, such as condensed matter physics, were then applied to this data.

“This is a model that describes the evolution of a two-level system in which there is a probability of passing from one level to another,” as explained by Félix F. Muñoz, UAM researcher and co-author of the project.

The team considered Earth as a closed and finite system where the migration of people within the system has no impact and where the fundamental principle of the conservation of mass -biomass in this case- and energy is fulfilled.

“Within this general principle, the variables that limit the upper and lower zone of the system’s two levels are the birth and mortality rates,” Muñoz pointed out and recalled the change that occurred in the ratio between the two variables throughout the last century.

 

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