Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Shedding some light on Spanish secret societies

Secret societies work covertly to achieve a hidden agenda where secrecy is a sanctuary and a source of power, writes Jack Gaioni

Fake news: How a lost suitcase changed photojournalism

Although the terms are contemporary, the role of journalism in ‘manufacturing opinion’ has been a human activity as far back as reliable evidence suggests, writes Jack Gaioni

The papal effect: What does a deceased, oversexed Spanish pope have to do with climate change?

Jack Gaioni examines Pope Alexander VI's life, role and global influence.

James Bond inspired by the iconic expat and British spy Alan Hillgarth

The author confessed ‘the Bond character is a compound of all the secret agents I knew'

The wrong kind of Catholics?

Spain’s Jesuits were just too successful for their own good

How a butterfly-catcher spied on Gibraltar for the Nazis

Adolf Clauss was running the largest and most efficient German spy ring in Spain, writes Jack Gaioni

Bugs life

The EU could learn a lot from the Iberian peninsula’s smallest residents

Cloak and dagger… an Andalucian legacy

Espionage, stealth and semantics: Back to the roots of the popular saying

Junipero Serra: Saint or sinner?

To Pope Francis he was a Spanish missionary worthy of sainthood, to others he was the devil incarnate

The forbidden visionary

Banned by Franco, Irish author Kate O’Brien was the world’s first political travel writer

Francisco Goya goes to Hollywood

The Spanish artist Goya died nearly two centuries ago but he lives on at the movies, writes Jack Gaioni

Did gold-greedy Romans kick-off climate change in Spain?

Columinst Jack Gaioni takes a look at Las Medulas as an example of what the Romans did for us

Santayana said it!

The sayings of the late, great Spanish philosopher, George Santayana, are an inspiration in these troubled times, writes Jack Gaioni

Viva Roma!

Jack Gaioni unearths the best and brightest ‘Spanish sons’ who made it big in ancient Rome, setting the literary and intellectual agenda for many centuries to follow

The legal battle that restored Spain’s claim to the biggest ever underwater bounty

Jack Gaioni explores modern-day treasure hunters, are they pirates or archaeologists?

Antequera: The town that’s ‘all heart’

The town surrounded by Andalucía’s Big Three cities is also at the centre of a ‘love triangle’, writes Jack Gaioni

What the Dickens?

Columnist Jack Gaioni takes a rather unusual ride to an eccentric event centered around tweed in Madrid

In Cordoban Skies… How a Moorish daredevil made aviation history

Columnist Jack Gaioni explores the history of flight in Spain

Where did your dinner really come from?

Columnist Jack Gaioni explores the real link between countries and their national dishes

The Liberator and the ecologist

Olive Press columnist Jack Gaioni on why the ghosts of Simon Bolivar and Alexander von Humboldt are alive and well
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