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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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Bad news for Garzón

April 7, 2010
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Bad news for Garzón

Just in from the AP:

MADRID — The Spanish judge who indicted Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden has been charged with abuse of power in an investigation of Spanish civil war atrocities. Spanish Supreme Court investigating magistrate Luciano Varela has charged Baltasar Garzon with knowingly acting without jurisdiction by launching...
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Lectures on the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War

April 6, 2010
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Lectures on the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War

The Center for European Studies at the University of Michigan has streaming audio and video of five hour-long lectures on Spain's coming to terms with its violent past, including one by ALBA board member Jo Labanyi.
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Magnum photo essays: Images from the Great Depression

April 6, 2010
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Magnum photo essays: Images from the Great Depression

Six selections of compelling images from the 1930s at Magnum.
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Shadows of the Civil War in Spanish soccer

April 6, 2010
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Shadows of the Civil War in Spanish soccer

An informative piece from In These Times on the political dimensions of the rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid:

For more than 100 years, Barca has conducted itself as a “defender of freedom and democratic rights,”  On April 11, Barca will face its fiercest rival, Real Madrid....
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Spain then, Thailand today

April 6, 2010
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An interesting essay on possible parallels between Republican Spain and Thailand today, in the Asia Times:

Some foreign observations, reporting and analyses suggest the conflicts in Thai politics that are now being voiced on the streets of Bangkok are of the kind that brought many foreigners to the war against...
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Eva Green as Gerda Taro?

April 5, 2010
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Eva Green as Gerda Taro?

Speculation about Michael Mann's Robert Capa film from a Hollywood blog:

Has Eva Green joined Michael Mann's romance tale of renowned war photographerRobert Capa set during the Spanish Civil War? The actress' reported casting in the adaptation of Susana Fortes' "Waiting For Robert Capa" comes courtesy of a throwaway line Read more »

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New doc on Cipriano Mera screens in Tallahassee

April 4, 2010
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New doc on Cipriano Mera screens in Tallahassee

Vivir de pie: Las guerras de Cipriano Mera (Living on your Feet: The Struggles of Cipriano Mera) is part of the official selection at the Tallahassee Film Festival next week:

The film focuses on the odyssey of Cipriano Mera, a bricklayer who commanded the 4th army corps during the Spanish...
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