Human Rights Journalists Highlight Anniversary Celebration in New York

June 9, 2016
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Human Rights Journalists Highlight Anniversary Celebration in New York

The torch has been passed. Eighty years after the Spanish Civil War inspired volunteers from 52 countries to challenge the spread of international fascism, no American veterans of that struggle are alive to bear witness, but their spirit and commitment to social justice, human rights, and anti-fascism lives on in the work of current...
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Jeremy Scahill: “Fascism, once again, is on the rise.”

June 9, 2016
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Jeremy Scahill: “Fascism, once again, is on the rise.”

Acceptance speech by Jeremy Scahill on receiving the 2016 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. May 7, 2016. New York. Lydia just pushed me to come here first (crowd laughs.) I really, in all candor, I feel like I shouldn’t be here receiving this award, particularly because...
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Lydia Cacho: “If the world was bigger, we would be there.”

June 9, 2016
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Lydia Cacho: “If the world was bigger, we would be there.”

Acceptance speech by Lydia Cacho on receiving the 2016 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. May 7, 2016. New York Thank you so much. I also want to dedicate this award to Mike, Jeremy father. You only see fantastic men that are involved in...
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80th Anniversary Event: Photos and Video

June 9, 2016
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80th Anniversary Event: Photos and Video

On May 7, the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Right Activism—a cash tribute of $100,000—honored two courageous journalists, Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill, for their dedication to exposing corruption, violence,...
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ALBA’s Back in School

June 9, 2016
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ALBA’s Back in School

ALBA’s Teaching Institutes continue to break new ground across the United States, reaching more teachers in new communities, expanding opportunities, and seeing exciting results.
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San Francisco Monument To Be Restored

June 9, 2016
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San Francisco Monument To Be Restored

Efforts are ongoing to address the deterioration of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade monument in San Francisco. After initial problems of deliberate vandalism were dealt with, the elements began to...
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Legible Legacies: A World without the Lincolns

June 9, 2016
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Legible Legacies: A World without the Lincolns

The legacy of the Spanish Civil War played a crucial role in the lives of Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill, the winners of the ALBA/Puffin Award. But how do we ensure its transmission to younger generations, whose life world is so different that they often have trouble even reading the Lincolns’ hand-written letters? ALBA’s...
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The Man Bill Wheeler Could Not Forget

June 10, 2016
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The Man Bill Wheeler Could Not Forget

On May 20, 1938, Dave Lipton tells his parents that he is leaving for the Catskills to work as a waiter. Instead, he sails for Europe to join the Abraham Lincoln. Dave sends letter after letter home detailing his hopes and begging for forgiveness....
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Human Rights Column Justice in El Salvador

June 9, 2016
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<i>Human Rights Column</i> Justice in El Salvador

Salvadoran survivors of state terror—crimes for which no one has been held accountable—have created an organization that helps families uncover the truth of what happened to their lost loved ones. This is no small task. But given the intense U.S. involvement in El Salvador,...
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Spain and Syria: Beyond Superficial Comparisons

June 10, 2016
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Spain and Syria: Beyond Superficial Comparisons

There are numerous comparisons that can be made between the conflict in Syria and the Spanish Civil War. Both conflicts feature a ruthless dictator, appalling loss of life, war...
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Rejecting the Cold War Alliance with Franco

June 10, 2016
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Rejecting the Cold War Alliance with Franco

In 1949 Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior under Franklin Roosevelt, described General Francisco Franco as a “mimic of Hitler” whose regime “chokes the breath out of liberty...
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Letter from ALBA

June 10, 2016
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Letter from ALBA

On May 7th over 200 family, friends and supporters of the women and men of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade met at Japan Society in Manhattan for an afternoon of...
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Michael Ratner (1943-2016)

June 9, 2016
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Michael Ratner (1943-2016)

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA, www.alba-valb.org) mourns the loss of Michael Ratner, a longtime defender of civil liberties in the United States and abroad.
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Delmer Berg (1915 –2016)

June 9, 2016
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Delmer Berg (1915 –2016)

Del Berg, the last known surviving veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, died peacefully in his California home on Sunday, February 28. He was 100 years old. Berg was...
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Julia Tello Landeta, “Tellito” (1920-2016)

June 10, 2016
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Julia Tello Landeta, “Tellito” (1920-2016)

Palmira Julia Tello Landeta, immortalized as miliciana on a magazine cover in wartime Spain, passed away in early 2016.
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“The Earth Endureth Forever”: Hemingway in Spain

June 10, 2016
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“The Earth Endureth Forever”: Hemingway in Spain

Diverse opinion abounds with regards to Hemingway’s actions during and after Spain’s Civil War. The Spanish journalist and diplomat Álvarez del Vayo recalled that “I talked with him ...
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Discovering a Local Lincoln Brigade Hero

June 9, 2016
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Discovering a Local Lincoln Brigade Hero

While attending an ALBA institute, a veteran Brooklyn teacher discovers that a Lincoln volunteer lived just around the corner. He decides to find out more and unearths a touching...
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ALBA’s Tony Geist Awarded Knighthood

June 10, 2016
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ALBA’s Tony Geist Awarded Knighthood

Our colleague Tony Geist—the longest serving ALBA Board member, professor of Spanish at the University of Washington, author and translator—has been awarded one of Spain’s highest civil honors, membership...
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Book Review: La otra cara del Caudillo

June 10, 2016
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<em>Book Review:</em> La otra cara del Caudillo

Ángel Viñas, La otra cara del Caudillo. Mitos y realidades en la biografía de Franco, Barcelona: Crítica, 2015, pp. 439.

Reviewed by Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez


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Book Review: International Brigades Comic

June 10, 2016
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<em>Book Review: </em>International Brigades Comic

Ángel Luis Arjona Márquez, Las Brigadas Internacionales a través del cómic: 1977-2012 (Albacete: Instituto de Estudios Albacetenses “Don Juan Manuel,” 2014)

Reviewed by Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom


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Book Review: Alphaeus Prowell, An Unordinary Life

April 19, 2016
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<i>Book Review:</i> Alphaeus Prowell, An Unordinary Life

Dawn Rolland’s newest e-book Alphaeus Prowell An Unordinary Life, A Genealogy Picture Book, is a companion piece to Letters From An American Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War.  She...
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Letter to the Editor

June 10, 2016
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Letter to the Editor

This report let me feel the atmosphere of the reunion, energetic, exciting, and promising for the future. The act to visit Del Berg and interview him, was excellent and...
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Letter to the Editor

June 10, 2016
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Letter to the Editor

Yesterday was the last of the three-day workshop. I look forward to participating in future ALBA events. I already started teaching the Spanish Civil War and used...
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Delmer Berg Memorial in Berkeley, CA

June 10, 2016
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Delmer Berg Memorial in Berkeley, CA

Del Berg’s son Ernst, comrades and friends celebrated Del Berg’s life at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley, CA on May 21, 2016. On the wall behind the podium, was...
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Jarama Series: Spanish Battalions

June 4, 2016
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In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete...
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Jarama Series: Killing Time

May 12, 2016
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Jarama Series: Killing Time

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete...
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Jarama Series: Garibaldis

April 22, 2016
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Jarama Series: Garibaldis

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete...
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