The Greatest Generation, then and now

June 15, 2013
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The Greatest Generation, then and now

Filmmaker Oliver Stone offered a moving encomium to the volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in his keynote speech at the 77th annual reunion held at Pace University in New York on May 5, where United We Dream received the annual ALBA / Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism (video | pictures).
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ALBA roundtable on immigration reform: What can be done

June 15, 2013
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ALBA roundtable on immigration reform: What can be done

Courage and fear, hope and despair: those were the recurring emotions expressed by five panelists who spoke about immigration reform at a round-table discussion organized by ALBA in New York on May 5. Speaking from the trenches, they confirmed that much has been achieved....
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Stone and Ratner speak of courage and activism

June 20, 2013
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Stone and Ratner speak of courage and activism

Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and filmmaker Oliver Stone spoke at ALBA’s event in New York, highlighting the connection between the courage of the Lincoln Brigade’s internationalist activism and the courage of the activists of United We Dream. See...
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HR COLUMN Obama’s illegal, unwise drones

June 20, 2013
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<em>HR COLUMN</em> Obama’s illegal, unwise drones

President Barack Obama has escalated the Bush administration’s use of targeted killing with drones and other methods. Drones, which avoid U.S. casualties, are more palatable to the American people...
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ALBA Institute New Jersey teachers on track

June 20, 2013
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<em>ALBA Institute</em> New Jersey teachers on track

Hurricane Sandy swamped the schools of Bergen County, New Jersey last November, forcing postponement of ALBA’s teaching institute, but the spring term brought an exciting revival as 22 Spanish...
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Missing Migrants Seeking truth on the border

June 20, 2013
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<em>Missing Migrants</em> Seeking truth on the border

Several hundred undocumented migrants die each year of heatstroke or at the hands of organized crime as they attempt to cross the deserts of Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Law...
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The man who can’t say no: Preston is working harder than ever

June 7, 2013
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<em>The man who can’t say no</em>: Preston is working harder than ever

Paul Preston is impossible to avoid. Author of twelve books, editor of several more, and director of an important series on the subject, he towers mile-high in the landscape of Spanish Civil War scholarship. And yet in person he can be quite elusive. A previously arranged meeting for an interview in London first had...
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Tourism in Franco’s Spain

June 20, 2013
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Tourism in Franco’s Spain

Among many other Spanish Civil War commemorations this year, it may be interesting to note that July 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the conflict’s most bizarre episodes. In December 2005, Professor Sandie Holguín of the University of Oklahoma published a piece...
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Franco, Nazi Collaborator

Franco, Nazi Collaborator

Francisco Franco, who ruled Spain until 1975, was obsessed with the notion of a powerful international conspiracy—led by Jews, Masons, Communists, and other “reds”— against the “new” Spain that emerged from his victory in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. He referred to this...
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British allies: Keeping history alive

June 20, 2013
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British allies: Keeping history alive

There were mixed feelings at the end of last year among those of us dedicated to preserving the memory of the 2,500 International Brigade volunteers from Britain and Ireland....
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Réquiem por la última imagen

June 20, 2013
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Réquiem por la última imagen

“This is the most photogenic war anyone ever has seen.”* Estas palabras transcritas por Claud Cockburn carecían, en plena guerra civil, de perspectiva, mas no de perspicacia. Cierta magia...
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Poetry and moral imagination: Luis García Montero

June 20, 2013
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Poetry and moral imagination: Luis García Montero

Luis García Montero is one of Spain’s most prominent public intellectuals. A successful poet and frequent political columnist for the progressive online paper Público, he is also a leading...
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George Sossenko (1918-2013)

June 20, 2013
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George Sossenko (1918-2013)

George Sossenko, who joined the fight in Spain at the young age of 16 and remained active in the fight for social justice until the end of his life,...
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Remembering Marcus Billings

June 20, 2013
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Remembering Marcus Billings

Marcus Judson Billings was born on June 10, 1914 in Redlands, California to O. S. Billings, a printer and the former Francis Devore, a housewife. He grew up...
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Review: The British in Spain

June 20, 2013
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Review: The British in Spain

Unlikely Warriors: The British in the Spanish Civil War and the Struggle against Fascism. By Richard Baxell. (London, Aurum, 2012).
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Review: War Comes to Andalusia

June 20, 2013
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Review: War Comes to Andalusia

Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground: Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town. By Richard Barker. (London: Sussex Academic Press, 2012).
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Looking for my grandfather, Arturo Martín

June 20, 2013
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Looking for my grandfather, Arturo Martín

As a child growing up in Madrid, I frequently used to ask my mom, María Luisa Jerez Marín, about her parents, whom I had never met. My grandmother, Modesta...
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Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

June 19, 2013
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Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

Ralph Fasanella’s first gallery retrospective celebrates New York City’s bridges, skylines, and tenements; your neighbors, my neighbors, our memories and our aspirations.   These pictures draw you in to conversations. ...
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Amnesty: Spain abets impunity

June 18, 2013
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Amnesty: Spain abets impunity

The Spanish authorities are not investigating crimes under international law committed during the Civil War and Franco period, sending the message that impunity for human rights abuses is allowed,...
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Canadian War Museum Features Exhibit on Mac Paps

June 2, 2013
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Canadian War Museum Features Exhibit on Mac Paps

The Canadian War Museum has just opened a new exhibit featuring the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, a group of Canadians volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War.
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