Impugning Impunity: ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival Denounces Violence and Inequality

December 8, 2015
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<i>Impugning Impunity: </i>ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival Denounces Violence and Inequality

ALBA’s fifth annual Human Rights Film Festival featured 21 documentary films from 12 countries (four world premieres, 12 New York premieres). The Randall Award went to Among the Believers, about radical Islam and a charismatic cleric in Pakistan.
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The Necessity of Teaching Human Rights

December 8, 2015
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The Necessity of Teaching Human Rights

When should one government intervene in the affairs of another country? When, if ever, should private civilians violate laws to participate in foreign wars? And how do we teach high school students to think about these questions? ALBA’s Peter Carroll considered these questions at...
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Bay Area Reunion Honors Activist Heritage

December 8, 2015
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Bay Area Reunion Honors Activist Heritage

“We have to reclaim our history, not discard or forget it,” labor organizer David Bacon advised an enthusiastic crowd honoring the legacy of the Lincoln Brigade at the 79th Bay Area reunion event in Berkeley, California on November 8. His talk, together with...
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Human Rights Column: On Moral Injury

December 8, 2015
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> On Moral Injury

Some soldiers instinctively respond to concepts in international law of which they may not even be aware. When men and women in the military do or see things that...
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

December 8, 2015
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

All my life I've known about Spain. I grew up singing Freiheit and Viva la Quince Brigada and Los Cuatro Generales, and knew the names of some of the...
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Not all Heroes Wear Capes: Letter from ALBA

December 8, 2015
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Not all Heroes Wear Capes: Letter from ALBA

We have just returned from the Bay Area, where we joined close to 200 Lincoln family members, friends and supporters at our Annual Celebration honoring the Lincoln Brigade in...
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Max Aub on the Republican Exodus: January without a Name

December 8, 2015
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<i>Max Aub on the Republican Exodus:</i> January without a Name

Max Aub (1903-1972) was born in Paris to a German-Jewish family that moved to Spain when he was 11. During the Spanish Civil War, he worked for the Republican government. After Franco’s victory he was arrested in France and spent three years in concentration camps, after which he fled to Mexico. He spent his...
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Digging History at Belchite: Civil War Archeology

December 8, 2015
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Digging History at Belchite: Civil War Archeology

British and Spanish archaeologists have spent two years investigating Spanish battle sites. American journalist Steve Dinnen joined the dig at Belchite. “We are not here to tell nice stories about the past. The past hurts.”
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Ángel Viñas: “No country can forget its own past forever”

December 8, 2015
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Ángel Viñas: “No country can forget its own past forever”

In the fall of 2014, Stanley Payne and Jesús Palacios published a new biography of Francisco Franco. Spanish historian Ángel Viñas, who was finishing up his own book on the dictator, was appalled to find their account riddled with “the most flagrant and, at...
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ALBA’s Essay Contest Rewards Exciting New Research

December 8, 2015
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ALBA’s Essay Contest Rewards Exciting New Research

The George Watt Prize for the best student essays received submissions from across the globe, the various entrants writing on topics of history, literature, politics, and culture of the...
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Soviet Show Trial in the Spanish Civil War

December 8, 2015
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Soviet Show Trial in the Spanish Civil War

The trial of the POUM in October 1938 is often seen as a Spanish version of the Soviet “show trial.” But it makes more sense to examine it as...
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Mexicans Divided over Support of Republican Spain

December 8, 2015
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Mexicans Divided over Support of Republican Spain

Mexico was one of the very few countries to stand by the Second Spanish Republic as it was attacked by fascism—but in practice, not all Mexicans agreed with their...
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

December 8, 2015
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

Twenty medical doctors serving in the International Brigades went straight from Spain to China to help the country defend itself against Japanese aggression. They are remembered fondly in China...
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Letter to the Editor: Ferrándiz and Cercas

December 8, 2015
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<i>Letter to the Editor:</i> Ferrándiz and Cercas

It is always tempting to imagine writers looking over our shoulders when we critique their works, smiling or grimacing as the case may be. The compelling interview that...
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Letters to the Editor: Milton Cohen, HUAC & Database Kudos

December 8, 2015
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<i>Letters to the Editor:</i> Milton Cohen, HUAC & Database Kudos

Hearty congratulations on the terrific job you have done setting up the huge database on the Volunteers! This is the crucial information and you have made it very accessible,...
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Book Review: Haunted by Hitler

December 8, 2015
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<i>Book Review:</i> Haunted by Hitler

Christopher Vials, Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States. University of Massachusetts Press, 2014. 296 pages.


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Book Note: The IB in Graphic Novels

December 8, 2015
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<em>Book Note:</em> The IB in Graphic Novels

Las Brigadas internacionales a través del cómic: 1977-2012, Ángel Luis Arjona Márquez, Albacete, 2014.
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Book Note Spanish Immigrants in the US (1868-1945)

December 8, 2015
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<i>Book Note</i> Spanish Immigrants in the US (1868-1945)

Of particular interest are the photos that Fernández and Argeo have rescued from family albums for Chapter V, which documents the intense pro-Republican mobilization of Spanish American communities all...
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Stretch Your Gift with a Monthly Pledge

December 8, 2015
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Stretch Your Gift with a Monthly Pledge

Ensure more of your money goes to our mission by lowering costs and supporting our cause without a big one-time hit to your wallet.
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ALBA as your Legacy: The Jarama Society

December 8, 2015
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ALBA as your Legacy: The Jarama Society

What you leave to friends and loved one--and the causes you champion--are ways of expressing your hopes and dreams for the future and perpetuate your part in the story...
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The Latest from Del Berg, Last Known Lincoln Vet

November 19, 2015
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The Latest from Del Berg, Last Known Lincoln Vet

Last week, the Modesto Bee released the latest interview with last known surviving Lincoln Abraham Brigade Veteran Delmer Berg, who will turn 100 next month. The article, written by...
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