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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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At SFMOMA this January: Cartier-Bresson and the SCW

December 18, 2010
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At SFMOMA this January: Cartier-Bresson and the SCW

This coming January, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is screening a series of Spanish Civil War films by Henri Cartier-Bresson and others: a first program on Jan. 20th, including Victoire de la vie (Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline, 1937, 47 min.) and L'Espagne vivra (Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1938, 44 min.), and a second program...
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No more searching for Lorca

December 18, 2010
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No more searching for Lorca

They're done. After the much-publicized atttempt a year ago to locate the body of the poet Federico García Lorca, who was assassinated in August 1937, the autonomous government of Andalusia has declared that no new searches will be undertaken, El País reports. Officially the 70,000 euro search project aimed to recover the bodies...
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Article on “The Spanish Earth”

December 17, 2010
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Article on “The Spanish Earth”

Stacey Guill, writing in the Hemingway Review, revisits Joris Ivens' pathbreaking documentary The Spanish Earth:

Ivens acknowledged the "artistic" or creative element to Hemingway's contributions during this period, recalling that Hemingway helped with "the general strategy of the film. He showed a quick comprehension and understanding of the documentary film...
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