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Garzón honored in Argentina

December 13, 2010
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Garzón honored in Argentina

At a massive celebration of the International Human Rights Day, with performances by Sting and others, Baltasar Garzón received the Azucena Villaflor award--named after one of the founders of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo--from Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. See BBC coverage here, and footage here and here.
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Lee Kutnick (1914-2010)

December 13, 2010
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Lee Kutnick, former secretary of the Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, passed away two weeks ago. From an obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Lee worked tirelessly as a community and union organizer, devoting her life to making the world a better place for working people. She was Secretary...
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IB Park at Benissa inaugurated

December 13, 2010
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Robert Llopis reports on the inauguration of the  "Parc Dels Internacionals," dedicated to the International Brigades, at Benissa this past October 30th as part of the Homage to the IB, in the presence of a representative of the City of Benissa, Irene Filip from the Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes (Archive of the Austrian Resistance,...
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Josef Eisenbauer (1917-2010)

December 11, 2010
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Josef Eisenbauer (1917-2010)

Gert Hoffman writes with sad news: This is to announce that Josef "Joschi" Eisenbauer, one of the three surviving Austrian brigadistas died on December 10.  He was one of the more than 1400 Austrians who had gone to defend the Spanish Republic. He went to Spain in 1937, was a member of the XIIIth and XIth International Brigades, was wounded and taken to...
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More on Spain & WikiLeaks

December 9, 2010
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Andy Worthington at The Public Record provides an extensive overview of the revelations of US pressure on Spain to curb torture investigations:

The cable reveals how US officials immediately began sounding out Spanish officials, and how, on April 15, an apparently unlikely figure for the Obama administration to embrace — Sen. Mel...
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El País: US eyes on Garzón

December 7, 2010
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In the English-language edition of El País this past Sunday, an overview by Carlos E. Cué of the WikiLeaks revelations in relation to Baltasar Garzón and the US attempts to influence the Spanish judiciary:

The American Embassy in Madrid has been keeping a close eye on the High Court, and...
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El País: WikiLeaks justified

December 7, 2010
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El País--with The Guardian one of the main recipients of the latest WikiLeaks dump--has dedicated an editorial to defending its role in making the thousands of diplomatic cables public:

The revelations show a seamy side of the political world, about which we all had well-grounded suspicions, but no clear certainty....
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Belfast IB memorial rededication

December 6, 2010
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Belfast IB memorial rededication

Iskra announces:

The Belfast memorial to the courageous Irish volunteers who travelled to fight against Fascism and the forces of reaction in the Spanish Civil War will be rededicated in a ceremony on saturday, the 11th of December, at 12.30pm in Writers Square. The guest speaker will be Joe Bowers of the CPI who...
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Town reclaims Franco’s summer villa

December 6, 2010
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The Guardian's Giles Tremlett reports:

A country palace given to Spain's former fascist dictator, General Francisco Franco, to use as his summer house is to be expropriated from his family and donated to the people of the country town of Sada, north-west Spain. Franco used it for his summer holidays, when he...
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Wikileaks, ctd: Garzón “anti-American”

December 6, 2010
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The Guardian has continued to post Spain-related memos from the WikiLeaks cache; here a piece by Giles Tremlett; here a memo on Garzón's investigation of torture at Guantánamo; here one in which Garzón is dubbed "anti-American":

He clearly has an anti-American streak (as evidenced by occasional scathing editorials in...
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