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“Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic” annual conference in Berlin, Germany

November 17, 2014
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“Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic” annual conference in Berlin, Germany

Victor Grossman, of the German organization “Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic” sent a brief overview of their annual Spain Conference in Berlin to share with the ALBA community. “Held in late October 2014, the annual Spain Conference, as always included friends from similar organizations in other countries – this time Spain, France,...
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Dutch Brigader Biography Project

November 14, 2014
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Dutch Brigader Biography Project

Great news from the Netherlands, where a group of volunteers has started an online biographical database of all the Dutch who fought in Spain between 1936 and 1939 to defend the Spanish Republic against the forces of General Franco. This is the first exhaustive investigation into the Dutch volunteers.In the Netherlands the Spanish Civil...
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The last FBI burglar

October 22, 2014
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The last FBI burglar

The 1971 break-in at the FBI office in Media, PA, which led to the discovery of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s secret COINTELPRO operation, was never solved by the FBI. But the mystery of that break-in was revealed earlier this year in Betty Medsger’s book "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s...
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

September 27, 2014
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

The voices of British Battalion’s Charlie Donnelly, Bob Doyle, John Cornford, Jim Haughey and Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria) were heard again at the Shankill Road Library in Belfast this August.  Moving readings of their poetry and memoirs were delivered by Marlene Sideway, IBMT President and actor, Dr. Sinead Morrissey, Belfast’s first poet Laureate, and...
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Ruby Dee memorial celebration

September 25, 2014
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Ruby Dee memorial celebration

Ruby Dee, legendary actress, author and activist was honored with a public memorial celebration at the Riverside Church in New York City on Sept. 20. She and her husband Ossie Davis, long-time friends of the veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, were extraordinarily generous and bold, lending their celebrity to a host of leftist causes....
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ALBA Festival features 13 human rights documentaries

September 6, 2014
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ALBA Festival features 13 human rights documentaries

Over the course of three days, a selection of cutting-edge human rights documentaries will challenge, educate, and inspire audiences at IMPUGNING IMPUNITY: ALBA’s Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (program and trailers here). Now in its fourth year, and featuring films produced since 2013, this annual film festival brings human rights struggles to life through...
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Exhibition of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings

August 31, 2014
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Exhibition of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings

The exhibition of Lincoln Vet Ralph Fasanella’s paintings “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget,” organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens on Tuesday (Sept. 2) at the American Folk Art Museum. (Through Nov. 30, 2 Lincoln Square, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org.)
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Len Crome Memorial Conference on Guernica

August 24, 2014
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Len Crome Memorial Conference on Guernica

  Annual IBMT Len Crome Memorial Conference Date: Saturday 7th March 2015 Guernica: the destruction of a town and the creation of a masterpiece Speakers: Gijs van Hensbergen, Nicholas Rankin, Helen Little and Manuel Moreno Date: Saturday 7th March 2015Time: 11 am – 5 pm (optional meal in the evening).Venue: The Manchester Conference Centre and Hotel, Sackville Street, M1 3BBCost:  Conference and...
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Rediscovering Gerda Taro

August 8, 2014
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Rediscovering Gerda Taro

The legacy of the courageous, young war photographer, Gerda Taro, was once buried in history. With the discovery of the photographic negatives, that have come to be known as The Mexican Suitcase, she is being rediscovered and her legacy celebrated. The first female photojournalist to shoot from the front lines, and the first to...
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UN Demands Spain Move Toward Recovery and Reconciliation

July 31, 2014
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UN Demands Spain Move Toward Recovery and Reconciliation

A United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances released a report on Thursday giving Spain 90 days to provide “schedule indicating the measures that will be taken” in regard to a long list of recommendations. The report comes on the heels of a fact-finding mission conducted last September.  It addresses a wide-range of...
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