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Blast from the past: Village Voice

January 12, 2011
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Today's selection from the archives of the Village Voice covers an anti-war demonstration in November 1971:

Why are you marching? I ask the only three blacks who had showed up at the assembly point for blacks, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Asian-Americans. Why? I ask the head of an eight-man Chinese dragon...
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Families in Hull (UK) campaign for IB memorial

January 11, 2011
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Families in Hull (UK) campaign for IB memorial

"Relatives of local veterans of the Spanish Civil War are campaigning for a war memorial in Hull," the BBC reports:

Eight men from Hull volunteered to fight for the Republican forces when the conflict started in 1936. ... The eight men are commemorated by a small plaque in Hull City...
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LA Times on Spain’s stolen babies

January 10, 2011
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Hazel Healy writes in the Los Angeles Times on Spanish families' efforts to seek truth and justice:

Emilia Girón never forgot her second son. She wanted to name him Jesús, but he was taken from her in the hospital to be baptized and was never returned. He was stolen while she...
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Miró exhibit at Tate this spring

January 10, 2011
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Miró exhibit at Tate this spring

On April 14th, 2011--as it happens, the eightieth anniversary of the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic-- a major Joan Miró retrospective opens at Tate Modern:

The exhibition also traces an anxious and politically engaged side to Miró’s work that reflects his passionate response to one of the most turbulent...
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WSJ critically reviews Payne’s history of Spain

January 10, 2011
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David Pryce-Jones, writing in the Wall Street Journal, does not find much to praise in Stanley Payne's new Spain: A Unique History:

It is far from obvious why Mr. Payne leaves out much that is familiar and that would have served either to reinforce or to refute stereotypes. ... The...
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NH public television honors Lincoln Brigade

January 10, 2011
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New Hampshire's NH Outlook will dedicate part of its weekly program this Thursday to the Lincoln Brigade. More here. Once broadcast, the program can be viewed on demand here.
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Penny Feiwel (1909-2010)

January 9, 2011
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Penny Feiwel (1909-2010)

Marlene Sidaway, President of the IBMT, writes with sad news:

It is with great sadness that the IBMT announces the death of Penny Feiwel (nee Phelps), the last surviving nurse from the Spanish Civil War.  Penny was 101, and died in Bournemouth on the 6th January.

Penny was...
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Looking for SCW song performers

January 6, 2011
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Looking for SCW song performers

Geoff Lawes is gathering information on current performances of songs from the Spanish Civil War. He writes:

I have begun a thread on the Mudcat Folksong Discussion site trying to collect a list of people who currently perform Spanish Civil War songs. It is hoped that it might encourage the singing of these songs...
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Nation covers Mexican Suitcase show

January 6, 2011
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Nation covers Mexican Suitcase show

This week's The Nation features an extensive piece by Dan Kaufman on the Spanish Civil War photography exhibit at the International Center of Photography, "The Mexican Suitcase." The show's stunning, must-have, 2-volume catalog is now for sale at Powell's Bookstore. Purchasing it through this link helps support ALBA...
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Nate Thornton on YouTube

January 6, 2011
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Daniel Frontino Elash points out that Nate Thornton appears in the short documentary "Soviet San Francisco," viewable here.
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