Hands off the Madrid Monument!

September 14, 2013
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Hands off the Madrid Monument!

A Madrid court order to remove the recently installed monument honoring the foreign volunteers who supported the Republic during the Spanish Civil War has sparked worldwide outrage. Spain’s Friends of the International Brigades (AABI) report.
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Spaniards want truth on Franco’s crimes

September 14, 2013
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Spaniards want truth on Franco’s crimes

A broad coalition of organizations, including both ALBA and Baltasar Garzón's new foundation, is calling for a commission to establish, once and for all, the truth about the crimes of Francoism. Will they be successful? And if they are, what can a...
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ALBA joins Truth Commission platform

September 14, 2013
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ALBA joins Truth Commission platform

On July 3, ALBA became the first organization from the United States to join the Plataforma por la Comisión de la Verdad sobre los Crímenes del Franquismo (Platform for the Truth Commission about the Crimes of Francoism). This initiative is the first step toward...
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ALBA needs your commitment

September 14, 2013
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ALBA needs your commitment

Milton Wolff, last commander of the Abraham Lincoln battalion, marveled that it took him more years to write his memoir of the Spanish Civil War (Another Hill) than it...
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Teaching a new generation

September 14, 2013
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Teaching a new generation

The new Common Core Standards provide ALBA with an opportunity to help more high school teachers introduce the Spanish Civil War into their classes. Students will study history not...
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Bay Area reunion in October

September 14, 2013
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Bay Area reunion in October

Bay Area ALBA Reunion, October 6 This Land is Our Land: Internationalism, Citizenship, Resistance; a commemorative celebration marking the 77th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War Join us!
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The Singing Dutchman of the Lincoln Brigade

September 14, 2013
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The Singing Dutchman of the Lincoln Brigade

The wandering Dutchman Bart van der Schelling painted with Willem de Kooning, sang with Woody Gunthrie and Pete Seeger, fought fascists in the Lincoln Battalion, and is credited with the lyrics to "Viva la Quince Brigada"--yet much of his life remains shrouded in mystery. Yvonne Scholten investigates.
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HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN: Imagining immigration reform

September 14, 2013
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<em>HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN:</em> Imagining immigration reform

As Congress returns from its summer vacation, for the first time in a generation it will confront the meaningful prospect of enacting immigration reform legislation. That reform is even a possibility is due in large part to the courage, militancy, and strategic vision...
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US cinema and the Popular Front: Spain as common cause

September 14, 2013
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US cinema and the Popular Front: Spain as common cause

On July 25, 1937, the New York Times’ John T. McManus interviewed Joris Ivens, a young Dutch movie director who had just arrived in the United States. What sparked the interview was the premiere of The Spanish Earth, a documentary about the Spanish Civil...
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Faces of ALBA: Josie Yurek and Andrew Plotch

September 15, 2013
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Faces of ALBA: Josie Yurek and Andrew Plotch

Get to know two members of the ALBA community.
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Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia revisited

September 15, 2013
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Orwell’s <em>Homage to Catalonia</em> revisited

‘Homage to Catalonia’ Praised for literary merit but criticised for narrow focus at Len Crome Memorial Lecture
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Víctor Jara’s Murderer Found, to Face US Court

September 6, 2013
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Víctor Jara’s Murderer Found, to Face US Court

In the first days of Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup, Chilean Army officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos tortured and killed popular folk singer Víctor Jara.  Jara, a respected artist who had joined...
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Book Review: Rukeyser’s “Lost” Memoir Rediscovered

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Rukeyser’s “Lost” Memoir Rediscovered

Savage Coast by Muriel Ruykeyser.  The Feminist Press, 2013.
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Book Review: Eyewitness account recovered

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Eyewitness account recovered

The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic, by Henry Buckley. (London, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013). Introduction by Paul Preston.
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Book Review: A short history of the Spanish Civil War

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> A short history of the Spanish Civil War

A Short History of the Spanish Civil War, by Julián Casanova (IB Tauris, London, 2012) £12.99
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Book Review: A century of antifascism

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> A century of antifascism

Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism, by Dave Hann (Zero Books, Winchester, 2013) £18.99*
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Book Review: Norman Bethune in Spain

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Norman Bethune in Spain

Norman Bethune in Spain: Commitment, Crisis and Conspiracy, by David Lethbridge (Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, 2013) £25
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Book Review: Exhuming a buried past

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Exhuming a buried past

The Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past, edited by Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2013) £90
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Book Review: Franco’s International Brigades

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Franco’s International Brigades

Franco’s International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War, by Christopher Othen (Hurst & Company, London, 2013) £15.99
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Book Review: Poverty, war and football

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> Poverty, war and football

In and Out of the Lion’s Den: Poverty, War and Football by Julie Ryan (2013) £9.99
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Book Review: In Spain with Orwell

September 15, 2013
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<i>Book Review:</i> In Spain with Orwell

In Spain with Orwell: George Orwell and the Independent Labour Party Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, by Christopher Hall (Tippermuir Books, Perth, 2013) £12.50
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

August 17, 2013
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

From Spain we have received the sad news of the passing of Gervasio Puerta, vice-president of the Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI), who dedicated his entire...
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Documenting the Ríos Montt trial

July 16, 2013
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Documenting the Ríos Montt trial

Paco de Onís of Skylight Pictures, who together with Pamela Yates and Peter Kinnoy made Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, writes: We filmed the entire genocide trial of General...
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Toshi Seeger passes away

July 11, 2013
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Toshi Seeger passes away

We have just received the sad news that Toshi Seeger, Pete Seeger’s wife, passed away on July 9. Mark Moss at singout.org writes: She was a mother, an organizer,...
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UT Austin’s Ransom Center acquires Probst Solomon papers

July 11, 2013
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UT Austin’s Ransom Center acquires Probst Solomon papers

This week the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas–which houses one of the largest humanities collections in the world–announced the acquisition of the papers of Barbara Probst Solomon (b....
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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On August 24, a sea of people packed around the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin...
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Jarama Valley, International Brigades Remembered in SCW Tours

July 10, 2013
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Jarama Valley, International Brigades Remembered in SCW Tours

"Now we're far from that valley of sorrow/But its mem'ry we'll never forget/In the midst of the struggles around us/Let's remember our glorious dead."  The lyrics of the International...
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