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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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2014 Len Crome Lecture announced: Photography, Art, Film & Journalism in the SCW

October 19, 2013
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2014 Len Crome Lecture announced: Photography, Art, Film & Journalism in the SCW

Len Crome lecture: Taking Sides: Artists and Writers and the Spanish Civil War Date/Time: Saturday, 1st March, 2014 11 am – 5 pm (optional Spanish evening meal 6pm – 9pm) Speakers:  Republican Education and the Arts: Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom The Representation of the International Brigades in Spanish Cinema: Carmen Herrero Gerda Taro and Robert Capa: Photographing War: Jane...
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ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival: NYC, November 22-24

October 17, 2013
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ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival: NYC, November 22-24

ALBA is pleased to present Impugning Impunity: A Human Rights Documentary Film Series, which will be held from November 22-24, 2013 at Pace University in the Multipurpose Room, 3 Spruce Street New York, NY 10038 (press release here). Now in its third year, this annual film series activates a community-wide dialogue on human rights...
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David Graeber dedicates new book to his Lincoln vet father

October 14, 2013
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David Graeber dedicates new book to his Lincoln vet father

In 2011, David Graeber’s monumental book "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" was published. In that very same year, he burst into national consciousness with the Occupy Wall Street movement he helped to spark. This year, he has written a daring book “The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement.” Part reflection on Occupy...
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The Spanish Supreme Court and the Truth Commission

October 14, 2013
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The Spanish Supreme Court and the Truth Commission

Spain's cooperative newspaper La Marea, which just launched its new website, has published an op-ed column about last year's verdict by the Spanish Supreme Court that closed the judicial avenue as a way to seek reparation and justice for the victims of Francoism (while acquitting Baltasar Garzón after having disbarred him in another case). Reading the...
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Alleged Franco Torturer Spotted at Madrid Half-Marathon

October 13, 2013
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Alleged Franco Torturer Spotted at Madrid Half-Marathon

Last month, an Argentinian judge named María Romilda Servini de Cubría, called for Antonio González Pacheco's extradition.  One of the Franco's most notorious torturers, Antonio González Pacheco, was reportedly spotted running in a Madrid half-marathon.

On Sunday, El Mundo newspaper published a photograph of González Pacheco that shocked many of his alleged...
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Pro-Choice protesters removed from Spanish Parliament

October 12, 2013
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Pro-Choice protesters removed from Spanish Parliament

While Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon was giving a speech on proposed abortion reforms three pro-abortion activists, associated with the feminist group Femen, staged a protest in the public gallery of Madrid’s parliament. The three women who had written “abortion is sacred” on their chests while chanting the phrase were taken into police custody. Lara...
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New book challenges cultural wasteland notion of Franco Spain

October 2, 2013
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New book challenges cultural wasteland notion of Franco Spain

In his new book, Franco’s Crypt, British biographer Jeremy Treglown challenges the idea that during the years of the Franco regime Spain was a intellectual and cultural wasteland. Mr. Treglown writes about subversive elements in the arts. Many paintings, books, and other works of arts in Spain, he argues, used symbolism, hyper realism, and...
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NY Times cover Franco’s victims case in Argentina

October 2, 2013
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NY Times cover Franco’s victims case in Argentina

Raphael Minder, writing for the New York Times, highlights the recent indictments of former Francoist officials by the Argentine judge who, invoking universal jurisdiction, has taken up the case brought by victims of the Franco regime:

When the Argentine judge in the case, María Romilda Servini de Cubría, issued arrest...
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UN working group: High time the Spanish government take enforced disappearances more seriously

October 1, 2013
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UN working group: High time the Spanish government take enforced disappearances more seriously

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances closed its visit to Spain yesterday with a poorly attended press conference at which the two UN representatives presented the Spanish government with a long list of urgent tasks: “The State must assume a leadership role and engage more actively to respond to the demands...
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