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Democracy Now! on Garzón rallies

April 27, 2010
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Democracy Now! on Garzón rallies

Amy Goodman--recipient of the First ALBA Activist Award this coming Sunday, May 2, in New York (tickets still available!)--reports:

Rallies were held around the world this weekend to support a leading human rights judge facing trial in Spain. Baltasar Garzón is accused of overreaching his authority in a probe...
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London exhibit on British & Irish SCW volunteers

April 27, 2010
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London exhibit on British & Irish SCW volunteers

The travelling exhibition ‘Antifascistas: British and Irish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’ opens at the 12 Star Gallery, 8 Storey’s Gate, London SW1P 3AT, on 5 May and runs until 14 May. The gallery is open daily, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. The exhibition and accompanying book tell the story of...
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Sandor Voros autobiography

April 26, 2010
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The Voros family is publishing one chapter per week of the Hungarian-American Lincoln Brigader:

Innocent as I was about politics I nevertheless began to observe some ugly cracks in the façade of democracy. The corruption of the Harding administration, the lynchings and floggings by the Ku Klux Klan in the...
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Guernica anniversary

April 26, 2010
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Today, April 26, is the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Guernica. EITB reports:

Peace Research Center 'Gernika gogoratuz'awarded Basque Premier Jose Antonio Agirre with the Peace and reconciliation Award -coinciding with the 50th anniversary...
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Giles Tremlett on Garzón

April 26, 2010
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The Guardian correspondent, and author of Ghosts of Spain, pens a long piece on the topic:

Many Spaniards are amazed by the protagonists who have suddenly reappeared into mainstream debate. The supreme court is acting at the behest of the Falange — the minuscule descendant of the party that provided...
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Cartier-Bresson at MoMA

April 26, 2010
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When Henri Cartier-Bresson died, he had taken a half million photographs.  Of these, 300 are on display at MoMA in New York, twenty percent of which have never been seen in public before. The show is reviewed by the Boston Globe:

Few artists contributed as much to the visual texture of...
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Garzón and MLK

April 25, 2010
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Scott Boehm writes on the Garzón case in Counterpunch: If Martin Luther King were alive today, he would undoubtedly support Garzón and those brave enough to publicly challenge the state of impunity that is the glaring stain on the sunny, smiley surface that characterizes Spanish democracy. Long after Franco’s death, Spain is segregated...
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A Civil War “Carmen”

April 23, 2010
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Bizet's masterpiece has been reworked to take place during the Spanish Civil War. The New York Times is enthusiastic about Richard Eyre's production at the Lincoln Center:

By teasing out details that show the characters bucking against civic and sexual constraints, he uncovers the rawness and daring at the opera’s...
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The death of Samaranch

April 23, 2010
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Juan Antonio Samaranch, of the International Olympic Committee, has died at age 89. Dave Zirin writes at The Nation:

When appointed head of the IOC in 1980 Samaranch was known as a proud and open fascist.   When General Francisco Franco's fascists fought the Spanish Republicans during the 1936 Spanish Civil...
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Walter Hood, ALB Monument Designer, wins competition

April 23, 2010
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Walter Hood, ALB Monument Designer, wins competition

SUNY Buffalo announces:

Internationally renowned artist and landscape architect Walter Hood of Oakland, Calif., is the winner of a public art competition to design the 1.1 megawatt solar array that will be constructed by NYPA this year on UB's North Campus. Hood has made important contributions to the cities...
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