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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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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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