Spain’s Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory Wins Human Rights Award

March 13, 2015
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Spain’s Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory Wins Human Rights Award

ALBA is proud to announce the winner of the 2015 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism--the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain. (TicketsPress Release  | Comunicado de prensa.) Founded by journalist Emilio Silva in 2000, the Association has...
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Untreated Memories: Franco’s Disappeared

March 13, 2015
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Untreated Memories: Franco’s Disappeared

Some 114,000 Spaniards lay in unmarked mass graves strewn all over the Iberian Peninsula. Only Cambodia has more densely populated killing fields. These are not men and women killed at the front during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39); they are victims of systematic extrajudicial...
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Letter from ALBA: The fabric of time

March 13, 2015
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<i>Letter from ALBA:</i> The fabric of time

The threads of the past are woven into the fabric of the present. That is what we mean when we talk about the Lincoln Brigade as a legacy: we acknowledge that the lives of the volunteers, and the values that drove them, continue to...
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Poem by M. Rivas: The Anti-Sepulcher El antisepulcro

March 13, 2015
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<i>Poem by M. Rivas:</i> The Anti-Sepulcher <i>El antisepulcro</i>

A poem by the Spanish writer Manuel Rivas, who nominated the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory for this year's ALBA/Puffin Award. Photography by Clemente Bernad.
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French Collaboration on Display, 1940-1944

March 13, 2015
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French Collaboration on Display, 1940-1944

Seventy years after the liberation of Paris from German occupation, the National Archives of Paris opened "La Collaboration, 1940-1945," an exhibition exploring multiple facets of French collaboration with the...
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Teaching Institute Leads to POW’s Letter

March 13, 2015
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Teaching Institute Leads to POW’s Letter

Among the high school teachers who attended ALBA’s teaching institute at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington last November was Dean Burrier Sanchis, a Spanish teacher at Elk Grove High...
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From Guernica to Human Rights: The shifting paradigms of the Spanish Civil War

March 13, 2015
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From Guernica to Human Rights: The shifting paradigms of the Spanish Civil War

Writers and soldiers alike saw Spain as the first battlefield of World War II. In the title essay of his new book, excerpted here, historian Peter N. Carroll traces the war’s legacy, from the shocking bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by German and Italian air forces to the attacks on civilians and...
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HR COLUMN: Youth Protest and Human Rights

March 13, 2015
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<em>HR COLUMN:</em> Youth Protest and Human Rights

Four years ago, Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street merchant unable to obtain licenses to operate his business without local harassment, immolated himself in desperation. His death set off protests throughout the Arab world and sparked a two-year series of youth demonstrations, lasting through 2013,...
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Podemos’ Pablo Iglesias visits New York

March 13, 2015
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Podemos’ Pablo Iglesias visits New York

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the grass-roots political movement PODEMOS, paid an intense three-day visit to New York in mid-February, where he was interviewed, among others, by Amy Goodman. When asked if he intends for Spain to meet its obligations, under international law, to investigate...
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Book Review: When the Party Was Over

March 13, 2015
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<i>Book Review:</i> When the Party Was Over

Paul Preston, The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo (New York: William Collins: 2015).


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Book Review: Bryan Stevenson on Alabama Justice

March 13, 2015
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<i>Book Review:</i> Bryan Stevenson on Alabama Justice

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2014).


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Letter to the Editor: Help for History Day

March 13, 2015
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<i>Letter to the Editor:</i> Help for History Day

We emailed you a while ago about questions regarding Francisco Franco, as I was in a group that was creating a documentary about him.
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The Jarama Society: Keeping our mission alive

March 13, 2015
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The Jarama Society: Keeping our mission alive

We welcome and thank the members of the newly established Jarama Society, a group of individuals who decided to include ALBA in their estate plans. These gifts build our...
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Songs of the Spanish Civil War: Rave reviews

March 13, 2015
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Songs of the Spanish Civil War: Rave reviews

Early reviews are rolling for the newly-released Smithsonian Folkways album Songs of the Spanish Civil War, Volumes 1 & 2. Royalties go to ALBA!
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Heart of Spain in Berkeley: SCW Musical Back in March

March 13, 2015
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Heart of Spain in Berkeley: SCW Musical Back in March

Heart of Spain - A Musical of the Spanish Civil War, created by ALBA’s Peter Glazer and Eric Bain Peltoniemi, a composer from St. Paul, Minnesota, comes to the...
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The IBMT Tour of the Aragon Front: Browne, Cornford & Heinemann

March 8, 2015
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The IBMT Tour of the Aragon Front: Browne, Cornford & Heinemann

Last October I joined the IBMT tour headed by Pauline Fraser and Charles Jepson, which took us along the trenches of Quito, the battle sites of Belchite, and included...
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Blast from the Past: A Love Story

February 3, 2015
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Blast from the Past: A Love Story

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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Blast from the Past: Deyo and John Jacobs

February 24, 2015
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Blast from the Past: Deyo and John Jacobs

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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Blast from the Past: Democracy in the Regiment de Tren?

February 10, 2015
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Blast from the Past: Democracy in the Regiment de Tren?

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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Blast from the Past: The First Day

January 27, 2015
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Blast from the Past: The First Day

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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Blast from the Past: I Didn’t Shoot Him

January 6, 2015
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Blast from the Past: I Didn’t Shoot Him

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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