Author Archive for Jacob Ertel

Journalist Links Franco to Holocaust

October 11, 2012
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Journalist Martín de Pozuelo has recently proved, document by document, direct links between the Franco regime and the Holocaust, in which, "the few times that the Franco government facilitated help towards the jews was for foreign causes in their own interest or for propagandistic purposes," reports El Plural. According to El Plural, these...
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U.S. Names 55 to Leave Guantánamo Bay

September 25, 2012
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This past Friday, the United States' Justice Department disclosed the names of 55 individuals who are currently being detained at Guantánamo Bay, approving them to be transfered to other countries. According to the New York Times, "the government’s move has no immediate, practical effect on the inmates’ detention," and "inclusion on the list...
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Regional Madrid Government Leader Resigns

September 20, 2012
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Regional Madrid Government Leader Resigns

Esperanza Aguirre, arguably one of the most important Spanish politicians in recent history, announced her resignation on Monday, due by and large to having been diagnosed with breast cancer. Aguirre, 60, served in the Spanish government for over thirty years, including a run as the head of the Spanish Senate. According to the...
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Spain’s Ministry of Justice Creates Archive for Concentration Camp Victims

September 19, 2012
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Spain’s Ministry of Justice Creates Archive for Concentration Camp Victims

According to Público, Spain's Ministry of Justice has created an archive in which one may access information about the 4,400 Spaniards who died in concentration camps in Austria and Germany during the Second World War. The database will provide names, dates of birth and death, and any relevant historical documents related to the...
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Memory of 9/11/73 in Chile Sparks Riots

September 11, 2012
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In addition to marking the 11th anniversary of the more recent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, today is also the 39th anniversary of General Augusto Pinochet's military coup in Chile, in which he forced a brutal, militaristic government upon the country. As the Associated Press reports, riots began earlier today, as...
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López Obrador Leaves the Democratic Revolution Party

September 11, 2012
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López Obrador Leaves the Democratic Revolution Party

Yesterday Mexican leftist politician and presidential runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced his decision to leave the country's Democratic Revolution Party. As the New York Times reports, López Obrador "was one of many political figures who abandoned the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in 1988 and was a popular Mexico City mayor before seeking...
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“To Say Goodbye” Competes at the San Sebastian Film Festival

September 4, 2012
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“To Say Goodbye” Competes at the San Sebastian Film Festival

From September 21-29, British director Matt Richard's new film, entitled "To Say Goodbye," will premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, Spain. According to El Público, the animated film tells the story of "4,000 Basque children who set sail on the Habana ship en route to the United Kingdom" during...
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Bullfighting to Be Televised Once Again in Spain

September 1, 2012
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Bullfighting to Be Televised Once Again in Spain

In the face of "falling popularity" and "economic crisis," state television in Spain will begin to air bullfighting after a six-year hiatus, reports the New York Times. This change in policy comes via the conservative Popular Party government, which, unlike many animal rights groups in Spain today, is staunchly pro-bullfighting, and opposes animal...
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López Obrador’s Election Challenge Rejected

September 1, 2012
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López Obrador’s Election Challenge Rejected

Mexico's highest election court has rejected election runner-up Andrés Manuel López Obrador's legal challenge to overturn the results of the Mexican presidential election, which Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI party won on July 1st. Shortly following the election, López Obrador accused Peña Nieto of having "engaged in widespread vote-buying and campaign overspending...
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“Helmets” Document Student Protests in Chile

August 29, 2012
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This summer in Chile a group of volunteers has gained notoriety for their documentation of the illegal police activity demonstrated in student protests across the country. The group, which calls itself the "helmets" (members wear blue or white helmets when covering protests), consists of "ordinary citizens of all ages and walks of life, professionals...
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