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Harper’s on Spain and WikiLeaks

December 2, 2010
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Scott Horton writes:

Diplomats routinely monitor and report on legal cases that affect national interests. These cables show that the U.S. embassy in Madrid had far exceeded this mandate, however, and was actually successfully steering the course of criminal investigations, the selection of judges, and the conduct of prosecutors. Their...
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Amy Goodman covers Spanish WikiLeaks angle

December 1, 2010
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Amy Goodman covers Spanish WikiLeaks angle

In its broadcast today, Democracy Now! talked with Scott Horton (Harper's) about the revelation from the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables that the U.S. has actively tried to thwart Spanish investigations, by judge Garzón and others, involving the American government. Watch the segments here and here.
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Woody Guthrie on Steve Nelson

December 1, 2010
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Geoff Lawes' indefatigable quest to compile a complete catalogue of songs inspired by the Spanish Civil War continues unabated. A recent post to Mudcat Café deals with a Woody Guthrie song about Lincoln Brigader Steve Nelson. See more discussion threads here.
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WikiLeaks cables: US tried to stop Garzón

December 1, 2010
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WikiLeaks cables: US tried to stop Garzón

The U.S. government urged its Spanish counterpart in the spring of 2009 to stymie the investigation into torture and war crimes at Guantánamo initiated by judge Baltasar Garzón under the principle of universal jurisdiction, El País reports (see also The Guardian).
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SCW Posters at Library of Congress

November 28, 2010
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SCW Posters at Library of Congress

In addition to the collections at UC San Diego and the Digital Library of Catalonia highlighted before, the U.S. Library of Congress has a collection of about 120 posters of the Spanish Civil War. Access it here.
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Interview with John Gerassi

November 24, 2010
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Mitchel Cohen talks with John Gerassi, son of Spanish Civil War veterans and author of The Premature Antifascists: North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1986) and, most recently, Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates:

Gerassi was writing for the NY Times in 1962 and later Newsweek...
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Dora Levin (1911-2010)

November 23, 2010
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Dora Birnbach was born on Septmber 20, 1911 to a Jewish orthodox family in the town of Sokolov, Poland. She entered Spain on a small fishing boat with a doctor from Bulgaria, nurses from Poland and Romania, a former Canadian priest who brought money donated by Canadian workers for the Republic and a young...
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Glazer’s Radical Nostalgia reissued

November 23, 2010
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Glazer’s Radical Nostalgia reissued

Peter Glazer's Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America (Rochester, 2005) has been reissued in paperback, just in time for the holiday season:

Radical Nostalgia asks and answers important questions about the meaning of memory and the politics of history. Peter Glazer's warm, empathetic, and insightful study of ceremonies...
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SCW materials in Europeana

November 21, 2010
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SCW materials in Europeana

Europeana, the central digital repository for Europe's cultural heritage, features some 150 items related to the Spanish Civil War, including videos, posters, and photographs from the collections of the Imperial War Museum (UK), Televisió Catalana, and the Scottish Life Archive.
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Francoists denied access to dictator’s tomb

November 21, 2010
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Francoists denied access to dictator’s tomb

Franco died on November 20th, 1975, and for almost thirty-five years following his death, his followers and sympathizers--including Falangists and other neofascists--gathered at his tomb in the Valley of the Fallen to pay him tribute. This year the Spanish government ordered their access to the tomb blocked, Público reports, officially for security...
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