Author Archive for Lisa Berger

Zaragoza: 100 years of Anarchism

November 11, 2010
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Zaragoza: 100 years of Anarchism

The exhibit Tierra y Libertad, 100 años de anarquismo en España, (Land and Freedom, 100 Years of Anarchism in Spain), covers the history of the anarchist movement in Spain on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding. On view in Zaragoza until December 8th, the exhibit is an attempt to do...
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Tortosa: Franco Monument to stay

November 10, 2010
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Tortosa: Franco Monument to stay

A vote held on November 8th rejected an local initiative to remove a monument inaugurated by Franco in 1966, in honor of those who died in the Ebro Battle, fighting on the Nationalist side. The motion was proposed by residents of Tortosa and other towns near the Ebro River in Tarragona, in accordance with...
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Anti-Pope demonstrations in Barcelona

November 8, 2010
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Anti-Pope demonstrations in Barcelona

Europa Laica (Secular Europe) and over 20 other Spanish associations held a well-attended demonstration to protest against the Pope's trip to Barcelona, under the banner of "We're not coming to greet you!" in Plaza Sant Jaume in front of City Hall on the evening of Nov. 4th in advance of...
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A Cemetery Unites Winners and Losers in Zaragoza

November 1, 2010
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A Cemetery Unites Winners and Losers in Zaragoza

Today is the first All Saints Day, the traditional day to visit the graves of loved ones who have passed away, that relatives of the 3,543 Republicans assassinated by Francoists either during or after the Civil War in the cementery near Torrero prison can visit a plaque with their name on it in the...
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Planeta Award goes to Civil War Novel

October 25, 2010
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Planeta Award goes to Civil War Novel

The most prestigious literary award in Spain, the Planeta, went to Eduardo Mendoza’s latest novel, Riña de gatos. Madrid 1936 (Cat Fight; Madrid, 1936) on Oct. 15th, according to El País. Eduardo Mendoza competed against 508 other novelists, mostly from Spain and Latin America, to win the 601,000 euro prize. In his acceptance speech,...
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Valley of the Fallen Changes Use

October 13, 2010
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Valley of the Fallen Changes Use

The Spanish Senate approved a proposal to enforce the Law of Historical Memory by converting the Valley of the Fallen monument into a site which will recognize the victims of the Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship, reports Natalia Junquera, for El País . The progressive coalition, Entesa Catalana del Progrès, (made up of...
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Valley of the Fallen, at the center of new debate

October 12, 2010
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Valley of the Fallen, at the center of new debate

Today, the day Spain commemorates its conquest of Latin America (Día de la Hispanidad), known as Columbus Day in the U.S., the Spanish Minister of Justice spoke on Spanish national public television to defend the research going on at the Valley of the Fallen, and denied that any mass graves are being...
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“Hidden Truths” CD now available

October 8, 2010
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“Hidden Truths” CD now available

Utopia Productions based in Guillena, Andalucía has produced a CD of a live concert performed by the 24-year old Andalusian singer-songwriter, Lucía Sócam. She lends her voice to those who were forced to remain silent for so many years. All 18 songs are based on testimony by different people who tried to save the...
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Exiles’ descendants speak

October 5, 2010
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Exiles’ descendants speak

This past May Javier Nuñéz, reporting for Deia, interviewed Ludivina García and Ceferino Álvarez (who passed away in August), of the Association of Descendents of Spanish Civil War exiles, on the the Garzón case and the quality of Spanish democracy. When asked what they thought about Garzón being debarred...
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