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Carlos Blanco: Critical thinker from the margins

December 20, 2013
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Carlos Blanco: Critical thinker from the margins

Along with thousands others, Carlos Blanco left Spain defeated but managed to preserve what is most admirable of the Spanish Republican values at the core of his identity, and to return them to the world through his actions.
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Happy birthday, Del!

December 19, 2013
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Happy birthday, Del!

One of the two last reported living veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Delmer Berg, is turning 98 tomorrow, Friday December 20. We invited you to send your birthday greetings earlier this week and have been completely overwhelmed by the response. The package to Del has gone out; below is a small sampling of your good...
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Newsweek covers Civil War graves

December 19, 2013
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<em>Newsweek</em> covers Civil War graves

Mike Elkin, writing for Newsweek, tackles Spain's lingering legacy of violence committed during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.
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A Civil War heritage trail in Spain

December 4, 2013
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A Civil War heritage trail in Spain

Alasdair Fotheringham, writing for The Independent, explores a curiously uninformative official heritage trail--the first of its kind established by a governmental entity--commemorating a Spanish Civil War battlefield outside of Madrid.
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Next Wednesday: Goodbye Barcelona!

December 4, 2013
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Next Wednesday: Goodbye Barcelona!

ALBA PROUDLY PRESENTS: A screening of the passionate musical Goodbye Barcelona In 1936, as fascism sweeps across Europe, one country reaches out in its hour of need…and tens of thousands of ordinary people make an extraordinary decision to help.  More than 42,000 travel to Spain from all over the world, risking their lives for the freedom of...
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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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ALBA Human Rights Film Festival: Impugning Impunity, Nov. 22-24

November 18, 2013
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ALBA Human Rights Film Festival: Impugning Impunity, Nov. 22-24

This weekend! Impugning Impunity: A Human Rights Documentary Film Series with eight powerful and inspiring films exploring issues of governmental abuse, historical memory, civil rights an racial inequality.
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Experts discuss NSA surveillance

November 17, 2013
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Experts discuss NSA surveillance

On Nov. 14, 2013, McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham Law School was jam packed with people. The title of the event was “They’re watching us: So what? Assessing the dangers of the new surveillance powers” featuring a distinguished panel: Glenn Greenwald (Journalist), James Bamford (Author and NSA expert), Ariel Dorfman (Novelist, Playwright and Human Rights...
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Ireland’s stolen children

November 9, 2013
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Ireland’s stolen children

Our friend Manus O’Riordan sends along the following: PHILOMENA, SEAN ROSS ABBEY and ANNETTE v HILDEGARDE   Michael A. Hess had been Deputy Chief Counsel of the US Republican National Committee under President Reagan and had risen to Chief Counsel under President Bush Senior by the time of his death in 1995. So, what...
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IB anniversary events in Spain next weekend

November 4, 2013
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IB anniversary events in Spain next weekend

Our compañeros at the Association of Friends of the International Brigades (AABI) write with an announcement: On Saturday November 9 AABI will perform the annual celebration in honor of the International Brigades to mark the 77th anniversary of his arrival in Madrid to assist in its defense. The main event will be the unveiling of a plaque to...
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