1533 Pizarro Executes Last Inca Emperor, Precipitates Conquistador Hecatombe Reply

 Pizarro Executes Atahuallpa

Tunji Okegbola writes for Daily Times.com.ng–Atahuallpa, the 13th and last emperor of the Incas, died by strangulation at the hands of Francisco Pizarro’s Spanish conquistadors. The execution of Atahuallpa, the last free reigning emperor, marked the end of 300 years of Inca civilization.

High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the Inca built a dazzling empire that governed a population of 12 million people. Although they had no writing system, they had an elaborate government, great public works, and a brilliant agricultural system.


Spain’s Model Organ Donor System in Jeopardy? Reply

Spanish organ transplant

Spanish transplant candidates are some of the most likely to receive an organ, since the country has the highest organ donation rate in the world: 35.1 donors per million.

Evangeline O’Regan writes for Al Jazeera.com–Sonia Gallego, 30, was born with polycystic kidney disease. Since birth, she has had ongoing renal dialysis, and undergone three kidney transplants. Now, she is back on the waiting list and on stand-by to receive her fourth kidney. “He [the kidney] can come when he wants, as long as he arrives all right and stays for many years,” says Sonia with a touch of humour. “That’s the most important thing”. Worldwide, there are one million patients just like Sonia waiting to receive a much needed heart, kidney, liver, lungs, or pancreas. According to the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (associated with the World Health Organisation) just 100,000 transplants are carried out each year. Only one in 10 patients will receive a transplant.


Spanish Scientist: Sunscreen Floods Oceans as Warmer Waters Boost Tourism Reply

Sunscreen pollutes oceans

Scientific American.com–Sunscreen runoff from beachgoers may already be altering coastal waters. Researchers have begun to focus on the environmental and health consequences of nanoparticles, tiny shreds of elements used in a range of commercial products. One of them is the impact of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles used in sunscreens.

David Sánchez-Quiles, a doctoral candidate at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain, explained that nanoparticles of TiO2 act as ultraviolet light filters in sunscreens, but are often coated with silica or alumina to avoid undesirable reactions on the skin.


Barcelona Locals Fight Back Against Drunk, Naked Tourists Reply

Italian tourists Barcelona

Smh.com.au–Sick of drunken, naked visitors cavorting in the streets, residents of one seaside neighbourhood in Barcelona are fighting back, complaining that the Spanish city has fallen victim to its own tourism success. Long popular with foreign merrymakers, the beachside district of La Barceloneta surged to notoriety last month when newspapers published photographs of smirking tourists shopping stark naked in a supermarket there.

Local families soon took to the streets themselves in angry demonstrations, condemning a mass tourism industry that they say packs visitors into cheap, unregulated rental flats in their district. “La Barceloneta rebels,” read signs waved by the locals. “Stop mass wild tourism… My building is not a hotel.” “It’s a daily ordeal for us. At night the place fills up with illegal parties, people getting drunk and shouting in the street. It is disgraceful and unbearable,” said Manel Serrano, 59, pushing his mother in a wheelchair at one of the demonstrations.


Fighting Bull Beef: ‘The Most Ecological Meat in the World’ Reply

Fighting beef graph

In Spain, meat from fighting bulls is experiencing a resurgence – and its adherents argue that it comes from happier, healthier cattle than commercial beef. Would you eat the byproduct of a bullfight?

The Guardian.com–La Pepona is one of Seville’s most exciting new tapas bars. It is light, airy and trendy, offering natural Andalusian wines and local olive oil. It is, perhaps, not the sort of place you would expect to find such traditional dishes as ragout de toro de lidia – slow-cooked fighting bull meat. But there it is, atop a bed of lightly truffled parmentier. In Spain, as in many parts of the world, he maintains: “Most beef cattle are killed within a year and a half of birth; their diet is very forced, being designed to make them grow unnaturally fast; and they live in very cramped conditions.”


Spain Pulls Plug on Israeli Arms Sales Reply

Israeli Plane Gaza

The Spanish government has temporarily stopped the export of arms to Israel in the midst of a month-long conflict in which at least 1,800 Palestinians have been killed.

A military committee made the decision to put the temporary stop on arms shipments to Israel on July 31st, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. The decision could be revisited in September. Spain exported just €4.9 million ($6.6 million) worth of military material to Israel in 2013, or just above 1 percent of its total weapons exports. That included bombs, rockets, missiles and military vehicles. But the decision to pull the plug on shipments sends a strong political message to Israel.

Spain’s foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo recently described the number of victims of bombings in the Gaza strip as “alarming”. While recognizing Israel’s right of Israel to protect its citizens, he said civilians were protected under international law.


Authentic El Bierzo Wines Achieve International Projection Reply

Bierzo vineyards Spain

Rosa María González Lamas writes for Foods from Spain.com–Autóctona del Bierzo, a winery association from the Bierzo DOP works on a new stage of its campaign “Authentic Bierzo”, a promotional effort that pretends to expand and strengthen the presence of Bierzo wines in the United States highlighting the unique landscapes, the indigenous flavors of Mencía and Godello grapes and their very old vines of origin, and the authenticity and singularity of Bierzo wines as quality products. The Association works in conjuction with the Bierzo DOP Regulatory Council.

This new stage is based on developing a new web site for the US market to be launched by mid-2014, and on capitalizing in social networks to promote the wines from Bierzo in America. As part of the new web site, a comprehensive catalogue of the wineries’ portfolios will be available online, offering  information about these, images, export contacts and other key wine and winery information, framed to also reflect the essence and history of the Bierzo wine region so that Americans can be attracted to its wines.


La Liga: A Preview of Spain’s Top Soccer League Reply

Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo

Here’s up-to-date, comprehensive English-language coverage of the Spanish futbol league–from Elkhart, Indiana, USA!

Dustin George-Miller writes for the Elkhart Truth.com–The World Cup is “done and dusted,” as they say, but club football is just beginning in Europe and around the world. If you caught football fever this summer, there are lots of ways to keep scratching that itch. Earlier we previewed the English Premier League. This time, let’s head south and visit sunny Spain. When you think of Spanish football, you probably think of Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the biggest, best and most important football clubs in the world. Honestly, you’re forgiven if those are the only two teams you can name from the Spanish league, since, with only a few rare exceptions, those are the only teams that matter.


Spanish Village Offers Free Accommodation in Exchange for Sculptures Reply

Genalguacil Spain

Barry Neild writes for CNN.com–As vacation deals go this one isn’t bad. The beautiful southern Spanish village of Genalguacil is offering free accommodation for more than two weeks during the summer peak season. There’s a catch of course. The offer is open only to artists who must produce sculptures or other work during their stay, and bequeath at least one to the village.

Call it “Artbnb.” Long before Airbnb began undercutting hotels with cheap deals in other people’s homes, this sleepy Andalucian community came up with it’s own version.


Mysteries of Authentic Paella Revealed by Valencian Chefs Reply

Paella over woodfire

Six great Paella master cooks from different areas of the Valencian Community, cook six different authentic paella recipes, including all necessary ingredients in the making of this icon of Spanish gastronomy. This project is just a sample of the multiple variations of Spain’s most international dish, always based on Valencian tradition.

Editor’s note: Two things strike us about these recipes: their extreme simplicity and the fact that none of them include any fish or seafood. (So the “authentic” paellas you’ve been eating in restaurants all these years are essentially counterfeits.) Everything is made clear here: the recipes, the instructions and the video demo. Anybody who follows this simple guide can make an authentic Valencian paella. So what are you waiting for?