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Diana Hauk Payne (1921-2010)

December 31, 2010
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Diana Hauk Payne, widow of ALB vet Perley B. Payne, passed away earlier this month. The San José Mercury has an obituary:

Perley had recently returned from the Spanish Civil War when they met at a political gathering. They married in 1939 and lived on a fruit ranch and raised...
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NPR covers Mexican Suitcase show

December 31, 2010
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This past Wednesday, Margot Adler covered the Spanish Civil War photography exhibit for NPR's Morning Edition:

What's fascinating at the exhibit is that you can look at scores of tiny prints on contact sheets, frame by frame and then see what finally appears in photo news magazines like Look, or in...
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ALB family members travel to Spain

December 31, 2010
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Alan Entin, nephew of Bernard "Butch" Entin, traveled to Spain this fall together with Josie Nelson (daughter of Steve Nelson) and Vaughn Parker, brother of Clinton DeWitt. Alan sends us an article (pdf) about his experience. See here for the travel blog by Alan Warren, the trip organizer.
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Miami Herald covers Spain WikiLeaks story

December 27, 2010
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Carol Rosenburg writes in the Miami Herald on the role played by Florida senator Mel Martínez in US efforts to influence Spanish investigations into torture at Guantánamo:

The cause for alarm at the U.S. Embassy was what a U.S. diplomat called a "well documented'' 12-inch-tall dossier compiled by a Spanish human rights...
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Garzón interviewed on Spanish CNN

December 27, 2010
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Garzón interviewed on Spanish CNN

Iñaki Gabilondo interviewed Judge Baltasar Garzón on his last news program for CNN+ last week. Garzón repeated that his conscience is clear, but that there is a considerable likelihood that the cases brought against him, which had him suspended from his post at the national Criminal Court, will end his judicial career in Spain...
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Mann finds leads for Capa film

December 27, 2010
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Mann finds leads for Capa film

Director Michael Mann has found his leads for Capa, his Hollywood production about Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, Cinema Blend reports:

According to Total Film, Andrew Garfield has been cast as Capa himself, while Gemma Arterton will play his partner and lover Gerda Taro. The script will reportedly follow the...
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Convention against Enforced Disappearance takes effect

December 24, 2010
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With the twentieth ratification, the UN Convention against Enforced Disappearance took effect on December 23. The convention defines an enforced disappearance as occurring when authorities deprive an individual of liberty and then refuse to provide information regarding the person's fate or whereabouts. Human Rights Watch welcomed the news:

The...
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Videla gets life sentence

December 23, 2010
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Alexei Barrionuevo reports in the New York Times:

Jorge Videla, a former Argentine dictator, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the murder of 31 political prisoners who were killed after the 1976 coup that swept him into power. Mr. Videla, 85, is considered to have...
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Madrid investigating baby thefts under Francoism

December 21, 2010
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The autonous government of Madrid has initiated an investigation of the theft of newborn babies who were then given up for adoption, a practice reported to have occurred in the Franco years, El País reports. The parents were told their child had died. The preliminary investigation, which focuses on the 1960s, is meant...
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War neurosis during the SCW

December 20, 2010
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The most recent issue of the journal History of Psychiatry features an article by Olga Villasante on "War Neurosis during the Spanish Civil War," focusing on the work of IB-member Gregorio Bermann (1894–1972), who "organized the frontline Neuropsychiatric Service at the Hospital de Chamartín de La Rosa (Madrid). Bermann wrote about his personal experience in the...
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