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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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Book review on the Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

October 29, 2013
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Book review on the Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

The Asian Review of Books just published a review article by Juan José Morales on the book Los Brigadistas Chinos en la Guerra Civil: La Llamada de España (1936-1939). “Glimpses into the lives of some of these volunteers give us insights as to who they were. Chen Wenrao, from Taishan, Guangdong, known...
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Pope Beatifies over 500 Spanish Civil War Cleric “Martyrs”

October 23, 2013
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Pope Beatifies over 500 Spanish Civil War Cleric “Martyrs”

Earlier this month, Pope Francis 'beatified' over 500 Spanish Clerics 'martyred' in the Spanish Civil War, despite opposition asserting that the Catholic Church has not yet apologized for its role in the war and  Francisco Franco's dictatorship.  In spite of the UN's recent efforts to open a full public investigation of Franco's crimes,...
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Robert Capa at 100

October 23, 2013
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Robert Capa at 100

Today, October 22, marks 100 years since Robert Capa's birth in Budapest, Hungary.  One of the most famed photojournalists of the 20th century, Capa's reputation has been challenged in recent years by claims that the "Falling Soldier," arguably his most famous photo, was staged.  Earlier today, the International Center of Photography released one...
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New website dedicated to John Dos Passos

October 22, 2013
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New website dedicated to John Dos Passos

The family of John Dos Passos, the American novelist and public intellectual who began visiting Spain in the 1920s and was deeply involved in the Spanish Civil War, has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the author's legacy:  www.johndospassos.com. A press release about the launch is here.
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