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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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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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