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Marty Delfin
Martin G. Delfin produces the Latin American news pages for El País English edition and also specializes in national security issues and the US federal court system. A native of San Antonio, Texas, he previously worked for The San Juan Star in Puerto Rico and The Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela, and has reported for AFP and Voice of America. His weekly political column “Memo from Madrid” is published in The News of Málaga, Spain. He and his Jack Russell Toby have been living in Madrid since 2005.

How an historic sea booty slipped through Odyssey’s fingers

The sinking of the 'Nuestra Señora de Mercedes'.

A US treasure-hunting company recently failed in its attempt to claim ownership of the $500 million treasure trove it discovered off the Spanish coast. The dispute over the booty of the ‘Mercedes’ had drawn in Spain’s government, a US court and Washington lawmakers.

May 29th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s Syrian efforts received US backing

Spain's foreign minister said Syria had promised to exert its influence on Hizballah to help resolve the Lebanon crisis.

Wikileaks cables show that Spain’s Socialist government made substantial diplomatic attempts to calm tensions in the Middle East.

January 20th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Flamenco, Aznar and good behaviour: Gaddafi’s Spanish visit

Horses for courses: José María Aznar with Gaddafi in 2007.

When the Libyan leader came to Spain in 2007, there were fears he would severely embarrass the Socialist government. But while Zapatero faced criticism for welcoming Gaddafi, the guest created more of a stir with his personal quirks than his public comments.

October 24th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Iranian odd couple claimed nuclear program insider knowledge

The couple who contacted the US Consulate in Barcelona said they had information about Iran's nuclear capabilities.

A document unveiled by Wikileaks shows that two mysterious individuals sought asylum through Barcelona’s US Consulate, claiming they were privy to information about Iranian terrorist activities.

October 17th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Spanish air firm seeks sanction relief after Syria trade gaffe

A BAe 146-300 aircraft in Damascus is at the heart of Orion Air's problems with Washington.

Documents unveiled by Wikileaks reveal how Washington imposed sanctions on Spain’s Orion Air for leasing a jet to a company that had links to the Syrian president.

October 10th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Spanish air base layoff plan a PR nightmare for Washington

US cutbacks put Zapatero in a "difficult position."

In 2009, Zapatero’s promising relationship with the Obama administration was threatened by US defence cutbacks, a Wikileaks cable reveals. The issue drew the US Embassy closer than it would have liked to Spain’s notoriously conflictive domestic politics.

October 4th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

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