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Amy Goodman Interviews Víctor Jara’s Widow, Marks 40th Anniversary of Coup

September 11, 2013
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Amy Goodman Interviews Víctor Jara’s Widow, Marks 40th Anniversary of Coup

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Augusto Pinochet's CIA-backed coup, overthrowing the democratically elected presidency of Salvador Allende.  In the weeks that followed, thousands of  leftists were arrested, beaten, and murdered, including the famous folk singer Víctor Jara.  After tracking down Jara's murderer to the United States, Jara's widow Joan filed a lawsuit against...
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The Brigades’ last stand: New Memorial to be unveiled

September 8, 2013
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The Brigades’ last stand: New Memorial to be unveiled

The last stand of the British Battalion in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 will be remembered on Tuesday 24 September 2013 with the unveiling of a memorial in the village close to where the final day’s action took place exactly 75 years ago. The ceremony will be held at 12 noon in Corbera d’Ebre in...
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Víctor Jara’s Murderer Found, to Face US Court

September 6, 2013
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Víctor Jara’s Murderer Found, to Face US Court

In the first days of Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup, Chilean Army officer Pedro Pablo Barrientos tortured and killed popular folk singer Víctor Jara.  Jara, a respected artist who had joined the Communist Party, was arrested the day after the coup with hundreds of other students and professors at Santiago Technical University.  Although Jara’s widow and...
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75 Years Later, the Spanish Civil War still Haunts Spain

September 1, 2013
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75 Years Later, the Spanish Civil War still Haunts Spain

As reporters draw parallels between the Spanish Civil War and the Syrian Civil War, two recent events in Spain serve as a reminder that the war has yet to be fully resolved.  A Russian tourist recently found an unexploded howitzer shell dating from the Spanish Civil War off the coast of Mallorca....
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Franco Statue Stirs Controversy

August 31, 2013
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Franco Statue Stirs Controversy

Eugenio Moreno's recent statue of Francisco Franco, meant to draw attention to Franco's continuing legacy in Spain decades after his death  has drawn criticism from the Spanish far right, which claims that the 37-year-old Madrid artist 'insulted Franco's honor.'
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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On August 24, a sea of people packed around the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The “Dream” has not been realized, but not been forgotten. More than 200,000 people came...
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Video of IBMT commemoration online

August 23, 2013
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Video of IBMT commemoration online

A 25-minute video by Marshall Mateer of the IBMT Annual Commemoration at the International Brigade memorial in Jubilee Gardens, London, on 6 July is now on the IBMTnews channel on YouTube.  This year is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Ebro, which was fought mainly in Catalonia, and a strong Catalan theme runs...
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

August 17, 2013
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

From Spain we have received the sad news of the passing of Gervasio Puerta, vice-president of the Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI), who dedicated his entire life to the struggle for justice and against fascism. As a fifteen-year old boy, Gervasio lied about his age in order to join the Republican...
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Who is Edgar James Cody?

August 3, 2013
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Who is Edgar James Cody?

Samuel Basterra writes with a a request for help: Fausto Villar was a Spanish 19-year-old conscripted into the Spanish Civil war in 1937, assigned to the international Fifteenth Brigade. He felt a profound admiration for both Robert Merriman and Edgar James Cody. Fausto Villar chose to remain with Merriman when he died on the morning of April 2,...
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New IBMT Newsletter

July 30, 2013
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New IBMT Newsletter

Our friends in the UK at the International Brigade Memorial Trust have just sent us their latest newsletter: 28 pages with articles on the imperiled IB monument in Madrid, a new monument in Scotland, the Crome Memorial debates about Orwell, book reviews, and much more. Read it in pdf here.
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