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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.

Moldovan rage over Spain’s “ineffective approach” to separatism

The Zapatero government faced withering criticism as it attempted to resolve a diplomatic spat over Eastern European separatism, according to documents released by Wikileaks.

September 26th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Friendship with Chávez “a necessary evil” for Portugal’s Sócrates

Wikileaks cables show how his relationship with Chávez left Sócrates concerned both at relations with Washington and the well-being of the Portuguese community in Venezuela.

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Portugal News, Wikileaks | Read More »

How Sarkozy “turned Andorran politics upside down”

US Cables released by Wikileaks state that the French leader lambasted the Pyrenean principality’s government over its foot-dragging on banking reform, thus influencing ensuing elections.

September 14th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Wikileaks | Read More »

Recycling woes

When it comes to recycling, Spain is near the end of the line among other European Union members. According to Eurostat figures released March 8, Spain recycled only 15 percent of its garbage in 2009.

March 16th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

The sun still shines in Europe’s money-laundering hub

It isn’t surprising to see Spain once again listed among the group of nations singled out by the US State Department as major money laundering centres. This dubious distinction was pegged in the department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, which was released March 3 in Washington. Spain is one of 63 countries and jurisdictions that the United States says are of “primary concern.”

March 9th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Governing for unruly Spaniards

It is impossible to present a plan in this country without some backlash of outlandish criticism.

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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