Category Archives: Spain

Spain: Islamic State Recruiting in Prisons

Spanish police have dismantled a jihadi network operating inside and across more than a dozen Spanish prisons. The network, allegedly linked to the Islamic State, was established and operated by one of the most implacable jihadis in the Spanish prison system — apparently under the noses of prison authorities.

The network’s existence has called into question not only the effectiveness of security procedures in Spanish prisons, but also of Spanish “deradicalization” programs, which are aimed at “rehabilitating” Islamic militants for eventual “reinsertion” into society.


Spain’s immigrant population will increase by 7 to 10 million by 2050

The AIReF considers that the total population of Spain will increase between 4 and 13 million people in 30 years, so that it will reach between 51 and 60 million people by 2050. Immigration will be “fundamental” to maintain this population gain.

I don’t think they’re taking the inevitable pogroms into account.


The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Under Islamic Rule

The existence of a Muslim kingdom in Medieval Spain where different races and religions lived harmoniously in multicultural tolerance is one of today’s most widespread myths. University professors teach it. Journalists repeat it. Tourists visiting the Alhambra accept it. It has reached the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, which sings the virtues of the “pan-confessional humanism” of Andalusian Spain (July 18, 2003). The Economist echoes the belief: “Muslim rulers of the past were far more tolerant of people of other faiths than were Catholic ones. For example, al-Andalus’s multi-cultural, multi-religious states ruled by Muslims gave way to a Christian regime that was grossly intolerant even of dissident Christians, and that offered Jews and Muslims a choice only between being forcibly converted and being expelled (or worse).”1 The problem with this belief is that it is historically unfounded, a myth. The fascinating cultural achievements of Islamic Spain cannot obscure the fact that it was never an example of peaceful convivencia.


Spain sees huge spike in Venezuelans seeking asylum

Most of the asylum applications filed in Spain in recent years have come not from African or Middle Eastern refugees, but rather South American nationals. The number of Venezuelan asylum-seekers in particular has risen dramatically.

“For three years now, most of those seeking safety in Spain have been Venezuelan nationals,” Maria Jesus Vega, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), told DW. She noted that Venezuelans filed 4,200 asylum applications in 2016, 10,600 in 2017, and 12,700 so far this year. According Spain’s department for asylum-seekers and refugees, OAR, the second-highest number of asylum applications were filed by Colombian nationals, followed by Syrians.


‘Terrorist’ knifeman, 29, shot dead at Barcelona police station had just come out as gay and was suicidal, wife claims

Abdelouahab Taib Gay Muslim Terrorist

A terrorist knifeman shot dead while trying to stab police near Barcelona had come out as gay before the attack and wanted to commit suicide because he ‘felt shame,’ his wife has revealed.

The 29-year-old Algerian, identified by local media as Abdelouahab Taib, stormed a police station with a knife and shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) before he was shot dead on Monday morning.


‘Allahu Akbar!‘: Knife-Man Shot Dead After Attacking Spanish Police

An Algerian migrant male was shot dead early Monday morning by Spanish police after he attempted to attack officers with a knife.

Officers fired on and killed the 29-year-old man outside the police station in Cornellà de Llobregat in Catalonia, Spain, the Catalan edition of elPeriodico reports. Besides the slain attacker, there were no reported injuries.


Sick posters encouraging tourists to jump off balconies emerge on the streets of Barcelona

Anti-tourist graffiti and posters encouraging visitors to jump to their deaths from balconies have been popping up across the Spanish city of Barcelona.

The posters proclaim that ‘balconing IS fun’, stating that it ‘prevents gentrification and improves neighbours’ quality of life’.

‘Balconing’ is the practice of climbing between balconies or, if at a hotel, jumping into a swimming pool from a balcony.


Barcelona attack: The jihadists and the hunt for a second gang

A neighbour had just walked past when an explosion tore through a small, white house in the Spanish coastal town of Alcanar last August.

Debris was flung hundreds of metres by the force of the blast and the bodies of two men landed in nearby gardens. A third man who had been on a roof terrace talking on his phone survived.

The next day a van attack was launched on pedestrians in Barcelona’s central tourist avenue, Las Ramblas. Hours later there was another attack, in Cambrils, a coastal town. Sixteen people died and more than 130 were injured.

Catalonia had come under attack from a jihadist gang of 11 people.