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Emilio Silva speaking in London

June 30, 2014
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Emilio Silva speaking in London

From our friends at the IBMT: One of Spain’s leading campaigners for justice for the tens of thousands of victims of Franco’s dictatorship will address the annual commemoration this Saturday (5 July 2014) for the British volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War as part of the legendary International Brigades. Emilio Silva will...
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Book Review Culture and dictatorship

June 17, 2014
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<em>Book Review</em> Culture and dictatorship

Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory since 1936. By Jeremy Treglown. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.)
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Remember the International Brigades on July 5

June 15, 2014
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Remember the International Brigades on July 5

Our friends at the International Brigade Memorial Trust are getting ready for their annual gathering at the IB monument in Jubilee Gardens, London: Saturday July 5,2014 IB Memorial, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London SE1 Assemble 12:30, program runs to 2pm Music from Maddy Carty and Na-mara Speakers include Emilio Silva of Spain’s Association for...
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Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

June 13, 2014
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Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

  The actress and activist Ruby Dee, a long-time friend of the veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, passed away this week at age 91. From her obituary in the New York Times: Ms. Dee went from being a disciple of Paul Robeson to starring with Mr. Poitier on Broadway. She was a featured player in the...
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ALBA/Puffin winner Stevenson elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 26, 2014
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ALBA/Puffin winner Stevenson elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has been elected a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his accomplishments with the EJI, NYU reports: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected 204 new members this year, including Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Dan Shechtman; Pulitzer Prize...
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Garzón Foundation sponsors conference on Universal Jurisdiction

April 26, 2014
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Garzón Foundation sponsors conference on Universal Jurisdiction

This coming May 20-23, the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón is sponsoring an international conference on the challenges facing the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, whose application was recently curbed by the Spanish government (see Adam Hochschild's piece in the New York Times). Participants include Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch, Wolfgang Kaleck, general...
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Adam Hochschild on Spain’s court of memory

April 15, 2014
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Adam Hochschild on Spain’s court of memory

“In most countries, there is no statute of limitations for murder. Should there be one for torture?” Adam Hochschild asks in a New York Times op-ed today; In Spain, neither charge can be brought against anyone who worked for the harsh, long-lasting regime of Francisco Franco, because of an amnesty law that eased the country’s...
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In the Lincolns’ footsteps, continued

April 2, 2014
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In the Lincolns’ footsteps, continued

Anna Martí, who has been following in the Lincolns' footsteps for The Volunteer, sends this video (with English subtitles) of her recent journey re-tracing the night time retreat between Batea and Corbera over the 1st and 2nd of April 1938.
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Taking sides: Artists and writers on the Spanish Civil War

March 11, 2014
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Taking sides: Artists and writers on the Spanish Civil War

Marshall Mateer has produced a video report (running for just under 10 minutes) of the IBMT’s conference, Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War, which was held in Manchester on March 1st. Separate videos of all four lectures will be posted on the IBMTnews YouTube site in due course.  
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

March 10, 2014
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

On February 1, 2014 I had the honor of bringing fraternal greetings from ALBA to the International Brigades Commemoration Committee, where an overflow crowd met to honor these men from Belfast who joined common cause in the earliest battlefields in the war against fascism in Spain. The International Brigades Commemoration Committee exists to...
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