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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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Political posters from Chile on show at El Taller Latino

September 30, 2013
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Political posters from Chile on show at El Taller Latino

The exhibit “Chile Vive”  featuring historical posters from Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity Government in Chile (1970-73) is on show at El Taller Latino (2710 Broadway, NYC) until November 2. (See here for a review in the Indypendent.) Curators are Andrea Arroyo and Carol Smith, who sends along the following: I had the great privilege...
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Spanish tribute to Sam Levinger

September 29, 2013
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Spanish tribute to Sam Levinger

Juan Arana writes (for a version in Spanish, see below): Today, September 29, 2013, a group of friends and sympathizers of the International Brigades, brought together by Luis Granell, a writer and journalist from Zaragoza, gathered in  La Puebla de Híjar, Teruel (Spain) to pay tribute to Sam Levinger and all the other members...
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Ray E. Davis, U.S. Official Involved with the Murder of Two Americans under Pinochet, Dies at 88

September 27, 2013
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Ray E. Davis, U.S. Official Involved with the Murder of Two Americans under Pinochet, Dies at 88

In 2011, a Chilean judge requested the extradition of Former American Navy Captain Ray E. Davis in connection with the  murders of Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi after Pinochet's 1973 coup.  However, it appears that Davis had been living in a Santiago nursing home for the last year, before dying of a "multisystemic...
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Did Hollywood aid Hitler?

September 27, 2013
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Did Hollywood aid Hitler?

The New Yorker's David Denby has followed up his negative review of Ben Urwand's new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler--which claims that major Hollywood studies actively collaborated with Nazi Germany--with a detailed blog post pointing out additional errors and omissions:

Urwand leaves the impression, despite some perfunctory nods to the Hollywood Anti-Nazi...
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“Mexican Suitcase” exhibit makes it to Mexico

September 27, 2013
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“Mexican Suitcase” exhibit makes it to Mexico

The Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives by Capa, Chim, and Taro, the exhibit curated by Cynthia Young of the International Center for Photography, has finally made it back to Mexico City, from where the negatives were recovered several years ago. The show will open at the Antiguo Colegio San Ildefonso on October...
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