Author Archive for Reid Palmer

Letter to the Editor

June 10, 2016
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Letter to the Editor

Yesterday was the last of the three-day workshop. I look forward to participating in future ALBA events. I already started teaching the Spanish Civil War and used the ALBA website.
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Book Review : A Canadian’s revealing memoir

March 21, 2014
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<em>Book Review </em>: A Canadian’s revealing memoir

Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil War. By Ronald Liversedge. Edited by David Yorke. (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2013).
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From Ottawa to Spain and back again: Canadians in the SCW

December 19, 2013
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From Ottawa to Spain and back again: Canadians in the SCW

In June 1935, nearly 2,000 young, unemployed, and angry men living in western Canada and intent on demonstrating their discontent hitched a ride on a train of boxcars to Ottawa. The men who participated in the “On-to-Ottawa Trek” were fed up with the abhorrent conditions in Prime Minister Richard Bennett’s ‘relief camps’ and...
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U.N. Urges Spain to Tell Truth about Franco’s Enforced Disappearances

November 22, 2013
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U.N. Urges Spain to Tell Truth about Franco’s Enforced Disappearances

On November 6, the Spanish delegation to the United Nations said that it would not review the 1977 law which gave amnesty for political crimes committed during the civil war and General Francisco Franco's dictatorship.  According to Baltasar Garzon, at least 152,000 civilians living in territory controlled by Franco's Nationalist forces disappeared between...
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Pope Beatifies over 500 Spanish Civil War Cleric “Martyrs”

October 23, 2013
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Pope Beatifies over 500 Spanish Civil War Cleric “Martyrs”

Earlier this month, Pope Francis 'beatified' over 500 Spanish Clerics 'martyred' in the Spanish Civil War, despite opposition asserting that the Catholic Church has not yet apologized for its role in the war and  Francisco Franco's dictatorship.  In spite of the UN's recent efforts to open a full public investigation of Franco's crimes,...
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Robert Capa at 100

October 23, 2013
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Robert Capa at 100

Today, October 22, marks 100 years since Robert Capa's birth in Budapest, Hungary.  One of the most famed photojournalists of the 20th century, Capa's reputation has been challenged in recent years by claims that the "Falling Soldier," arguably his most famous photo, was staged.  Earlier today, the International Center of Photography released one...
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Alleged Franco Torturer Spotted at Madrid Half-Marathon

October 13, 2013
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Alleged Franco Torturer Spotted at Madrid Half-Marathon

Last month, an Argentinian judge named María Romilda Servini de Cubría, called for Antonio González Pacheco's extradition.  One of the Franco's most notorious torturers, Antonio González Pacheco, was reportedly spotted running in a Madrid half-marathon.

On Sunday, El Mundo newspaper published a photograph of González Pacheco that shocked many of his alleged...
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Ray E. Davis, U.S. Official Involved with the Murder of Two Americans under Pinochet, Dies at 88

September 27, 2013
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Ray E. Davis, U.S. Official Involved with the Murder of Two Americans under Pinochet, Dies at 88

In 2011, a Chilean judge requested the extradition of Former American Navy Captain Ray E. Davis in connection with the  murders of Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi after Pinochet's 1973 coup.  However, it appears that Davis had been living in a Santiago nursing home for the last year, before dying of a "multisystemic...
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Last Canadian Spanish Civil War Volunteer Dies at 96 (Edit)

September 12, 2013
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Last Canadian Spanish Civil War Volunteer Dies at 96 (Edit)

Jules Paivio, the last Canadian veteran of the Spanish Civil War, died last week at the age of 97.  He volunteered to fight for the Spanish Republic at the age of 17.  His family had taught him to "believe in justice, liberty and fair play for all." Yet, when asked why he volunteered...
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Amy Goodman Interviews Víctor Jara’s Widow, Marks 40th Anniversary of Coup

September 11, 2013
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Amy Goodman Interviews Víctor Jara’s Widow, Marks 40th Anniversary of Coup

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Augusto Pinochet's CIA-backed coup, overthrowing the democratically elected presidency of Salvador Allende.  In the weeks that followed, thousands of  leftists were arrested, beaten, and murdered, including the famous folk singer Víctor Jara.  After tracking down Jara's murderer to the United States, Jara's widow Joan filed a lawsuit against...
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