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On Civil War and Symbols

April 12, 2010
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An interesting post at DailyKos linking Spain's memory of the Civil War with the situation in the United States:

After the transition to democracy, there was a Pact of Forgetting that was felt to be the only way to move forward. It allowed past Nationalists to participate in the nascent...
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Garzón appeals

April 11, 2010
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From the AP:

The appeal claims the indictment is "contrary to law and implies a serious challenge to judicial independence."

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Capa/Taro footage in Cartier-Bresson documentary

April 11, 2010
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Capa/Taro footage in Cartier-Bresson documentary

While looking through the photographs of the Mexican Suitcase to write a text for the catalogue of the exhibition that will open next September at the ICP in NYC I identified some images that match some of the sections of the HCB documentary. In one instance there is a photograph showing both the camera...
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Website of the Week: The SCW Memory Project

April 11, 2010
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A fascinating initiative from the University of California at San Diego, together with a group of Spanish organizations, to create an online audiovisual archive of victims' testimonies:

It aspires to constitute itself both as an archive of the repression and as an archive of the multiple political cultures (communism,...
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Orwell’s Life in Letters

April 10, 2010
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Orwell’s Life in Letters

Compiled by Peter Davison, reviewed by Juliet Gardiner for the Telegraph:

It is the portable Orwell, the condensed autobiography that Orwell never wrote, but maybe had his health rallied, he would have.

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NY Times reviews Cartier-Bresson DVD box set

April 10, 2010
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NY Times reviews Cartier-Bresson DVD box set

The new Henri Cartier-Bresson box set reviewed in the New York Times:

Two films made as fund-raisers for the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War, “Victory of Life” (1937) and “Spain Will Live” (1938), make a provocative contrast with two documentaries made for CBS News on American life in 1969...
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Chilean judge Juan Guzmán backs Garzón

April 10, 2010
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Chilean judge Juan Guzmán backs Garzón

In an interview with Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, the Chilean judge who tried Augusto Pinochet defends Baltasar Garzón's attempt to investigate crimes against humanity committed under Francoism.
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NYT comes out in support of Garzón

April 9, 2010
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NYT comes out in support of Garzón

An NYT  editorial today:

The real crimes in this case are the disappearances, not Mr. Garzón’s investigation. If, as seems likely, these were crimes against humanity under international law, Spain’s 1977 amnesty could not legally absolve them. The suspected perpetrators are all dead, and Mr. Garzón long ago halted his...
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Time Magazine on Garzón

April 7, 2010
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Lisa Abend writes from Madrid:

Charged with knowingly overreaching his jurisdiction when he opened an investigation into another dictator's crimes — in this case, Spain's Francisco Franco — Garzón has been suspended from his job while he awaits the start of his criminal trial.

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Valencia Franco statue removed

April 7, 2010
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Valencia Franco statue removed

Yet another removal of a statue of the dictator, this time from the city of Valencia. More here.
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