2012 ALBA Puffin Human Rights Award honors struggle for accountability in Latin America

March 9, 2012
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2012 ALBA Puffin Human Rights Award honors struggle for accountability in Latin America

Two winners share the honors of this year’s ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, splitting $100,000 to continue their fight for justice in Latin America. (Read the full press release here. En castellano; order tickets here). Both Fredy Peccerelli, Executive Director of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation, and Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America...
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“From Guernica to Human Rights”: ALBA’s annual NYC celebration

March 9, 2012
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“From Guernica to Human Rights”: ALBA’s annual NYC celebration

ALBA's 76th annual celebration (tickets here) will focus on civilian victims of armed conflict, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the Basque city of Guernica (which took place on April 26, 1937) and the struggle for Human Rights in Latin America...
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ALBA announces 2012 Institutes for high school teachers in five states

February 17, 2012
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ALBA announces 2012 Institutes for high school teachers in five states

ALBA is proud to announce its 2012 teaching institutes for high school teachers, made possible by the Puffin Foundation and donors like you: March 17, 2012: Professional development day in Seattle, co-hosted by the Center for Spanish Studies and the Division of Spanish and Portuguese...
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Garzón absolved in Francoist crimes case, but still disbarred

February 28, 2012
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Garzón absolved in Francoist crimes case, but still disbarred

In an ostensible attempt to save face, the Spanish Supreme Court absolved Judge Baltasar Garzón yesterday from "prevarication," or knowingly making a decision against the law, in relation to...
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Caught in the crossfire: Collateral damage in the Garzón case

March 3, 2012
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Caught in the crossfire: Collateral damage in the Garzón case

I have just read the writ with which the presiding judge dismisses, on the grounds of an expired statute of limitations, the so-called “New York” case against Baltasar Garzón....
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Belafonte, Sarandon, Baldwin, and Sheen invite you to join us in NYC

March 9, 2012
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Belafonte, Sarandon, Baldwin, and Sheen invite you to join us in NYC

Harry Belafonte, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, and Martin Sheen are among the members of the Honorary Committee inviting you to join us at the annual event in New York City honoring...
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The truth about Guernica: Picasso and the lying press

March 9, 2012
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The truth about Guernica: Picasso and the lying press

What inspired Picasso to paint his Guernica? The great cultural tradition that links Picasso with artists like Goya has always been the High Road towards the masterpiece. But exploring the Low Road of newspapers, pamphlets and street posters can also provide surprisingly rich pickings, allowing us to reconstruct a street view of Picasso...
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Teaching Human Rights and the Spanish Civil War

March 9, 2012
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Teaching Human Rights and the Spanish Civil War

As we begin the fifth year of ALBA’s teaching programs for high school instructors, we are detecting positive patterns in the anonymous evaluations each teacher is asked to complete at the end of the program. Last December in Chicago, for example, a male world...
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The Civil War Begins: Savage Coast (Costa Brava)

March 9, 2012
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The Civil War Begins: Savage Coast (Costa Brava)

On July 18, 1936, at the age of 22, the American poet Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) traveled to Barcelona, on assignment for the British magazine Life and Letters Today, to report on the People’s Olympiad (Olimpiada Popular). An anti-fascist alternative to Hitler’s Berlin Olympics, the...
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Book review: Memoir of a survivor

March 9, 2012
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Book review: Memoir of a survivor

Fugitive from Spanish Fascism. A Memoir. By Miguel Domínguez Soler. Translated and with an Introduction by Richard Baker. Cornerstone Press, 2010. Miguel Domínguez Soler, a young Spanish Socialist worker, committed...
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Book Review: Ivor Hickman, the last to fall

March 9, 2012
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Book Review: Ivor Hickman, the last to fall

The Last to Fall, The Life and Letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigadier in Spain, by John L. Wainwright’s. Hatchet Green Publishing, 2012. From the cover photograph, of the...
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Book review: Human Rights start at home

March 9, 2012
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Book review: Human Rights start at home

Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First Century America, by Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler. The New Press, 2011. (Buy.) Somewhere lurking in our imaginations we carry...
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Archive news: Photos now available online

February 16, 2012
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Rickard Jorgensen, who has generously supported the development of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade collection at NYU's Tamiment library, writes: After much work by Mike Nash, Gail Malmgreen,  Elizabeth Compa,...
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The future of ALBA: The Brigade’s legacy and yours

March 9, 2012
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The future of ALBA: The Brigade’s legacy and yours

Planning for your will and your legacy? The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade established their legacy with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Now you can continue their “good...
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Letter: Nick Carter’s death was not in vain

March 9, 2012
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Letter: Nick Carter’s death was not in vain

Dear Editors, In the December issue, in an article on “Nick” Carter, the writer makes what seems to me some shameful and unwarranted remarks. He says Carter’s death fighting...
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Franco’s victims get their day in court (sort of)

February 5, 2012
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Franco’s victims get their day in court (sort of)

Many thought the day would never come. And yet this past week, a handful of aging victims of Francoist repression appeared before Spain's Supreme Court to tell the...
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Fighting impunity in Guatemala, case by case

February 10, 2012
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"The secrets from a vault of moldy documents long covered in bat and rat droppings could soon help to put former top Guatemalan officials behind bars, years after the...
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Flowers for a Lincoln buried in Spain

January 5, 2012
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Flowers for a Lincoln buried in Spain

Jeremy O. Simer sends a touching note: A couple of months ago, my friend Lonnie Nelson called from Seattle to ask me to help her arrange for someone in...
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Photography exhibit sparks symposium

December 7, 2011
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Photography exhibit sparks symposium

Agustí Centelles (1909-1985) is one of the most important photojournalists of the Spanish Civil War, and his work should be studied alongside that of Robert Capa, David Seymour, Gerda...
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Margaret Palmer and Robert Raven

December 17, 2011
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Margaret Palmer and Robert Raven

In the 1930s, Margaret Palmer was an American expat living in Spain, and working as a local agent for the Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art.  She also was in...
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