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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

February 6, 2011
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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

Last year, when Sebastiaan Faber and I tried to identify the black IBer portrayed in a picture by the great photographer Centelles, we came across a great many documents that would help a patient historian tell the relatively unknown story of the US-based volunteers from Spain and from Spanish-speaking America who joined...
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

February 6, 2011
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

ALBA and Veterans for Peace are proud to announce the Annual ALBA Bill Susman Lecture by Marjorie Cohn,  editor of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (NYU Press, 2011), past president of the National Lawyers Guild, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and author of three other books (see www.marjoriecohn.com): "Human...
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“The Kid from Spain” starring Eddie Cantor (1932)

February 3, 2011
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“The Kid from Spain” starring Eddie Cantor (1932)

Alan Warren writes: Last week I was examining letters written by Welsh Brigader Alwyn Skinner in the Richard Burton archives at Swansea University. I made a note of one passage written on August 14th 1937 when Alwyn was based at Tarazona de la Mancha. He writes the following:

One night this week...
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Spanish AG rejects request for baby theft investigation

February 2, 2011
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AFP reports:

Spain's attorney general's office on Tuesday rejected a demand that it open a national probe into allegations that newborn babies were stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for decades under a policy approved by Franco's dictatorship.  ... "The attorney general's office refused to open an inquiry at...
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Memorial for Nate Thornton (1915-2011)

January 31, 2011
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The memorial for Nate Thornton, Veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, who died on January 2, 2011 will take place on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 pm
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Songs for the Cause video: Mattson and Goldstein

January 28, 2011
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Songs for the Cause video: Mattson and Goldstein

Donna Brennan and Arya F. Jenkins, of AllReel Media, have kindly shared a 10-minute video compilation of "Songs for the Cause," the benefit concert held this past October 16 at the Museum of the City of New York, with Pete Seeger, Patti Smith, and Guy Davis. The compilation includes selections of the speeches given by...
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US: Chile dealt better with Pinochet’s death than Spain with Franco’s

January 28, 2011
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US: Chile dealt better with Pinochet’s death than Spain with Franco’s

In its on-going coverage of the State Department cables made available by Wikileaks, El País has published a report from the US ambassador in Santiago sent after the death in 2006 of dictator Augusto Pinochet, whose heading made a tongue-in-cheek reference to Chevy Chase's famous running gag on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update...
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Highlights from the ALBA site (2): Jewish volunteers

January 28, 2011
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Highlights from the ALBA site (2): Jewish volunteers

The ALBA website features several full-fledged thematic introductions and lesson plans, such as this unit on Jewish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, prepared by Peter N. Carroll, Fraser M. Ottanelli and Rajel Ibañes Sperber:

Jewish men and women accounted for over one fourth of all international volunteers and played a prominent...
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More on Franco’s “stolen children”

January 28, 2011
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The AP's Daniel Woolls reports:

A Spanish association of people searching for lost children or parents filed a petition Thursday with the attorney general to investigate allegations that newborns were stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for decades, including as recently as the mid-1990s. The petition was signed by around...
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Allende’s death investigated

January 28, 2011
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Allende’s death investigated

Pascale Bonnefoy reports for the NY Times:

A Chilean judge has opened the first official investigation into the death of former President Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Socialist who died during the 1973 military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Mr. Allende, 65,...
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