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Call on Spanish Courts to subpoena former Guantánamo commander

February 15, 2011
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Call on Spanish Courts to subpoena former Guantánamo commander

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, together with the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights, has filed two submissions with the successor of Baltasar Garzón at Spain's Audiencia Nacional, who is investigating the accountability of US officials responsible for torture at Guantánamo Bay and other detention sites:

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Garzón, Pinochet, and G.W. Bush

February 14, 2011
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Garzón, Pinochet, and G.W. Bush

Why did George W. Bush not go to Switzerland last week? Xavier Rauscher at International Jurist has the answer: He did not want to end up like Augusto Pinochet. As Geoff Pingree and I wrote in The Nation last May, the pioneering efforts of the Spanish judge "have ensured, for example, that Donald Rumsfeld...
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Wikileaks avant la wiki (3): Department of State press release, Mar. 4, 1946.

February 13, 2011
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Wikileaks avant la wiki (3): Department of State press release, Mar. 4, 1946.

Opening statement from the US Department of State, from the publication “The Spanish Government and the Axis,” a collection of the wartime correspondence between Franco, Hitler and Mussolini which was discovered in Germany in 1945: THE GOVERNMENTS of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have exchanged views with regard to...
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African American SCW volunteers featured

February 13, 2011
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BlackPast.org is featuring vignettes of African American volunteers in Spain.
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Shooting for “La voz dormida” begins

February 13, 2011
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La voz dormida, the best-selling novel by the late Dulce Chacón about women prisoners in post-Civil War Spain, is being made into a feature film by Benito Zambrano (Solas, Habana Blues), Variety reports; shooting starts this week, featuring Inma Cuesta and María León.

Budgeted at €4 million ($5.5 million),...
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Thriller set during SCW

February 13, 2011
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In today's New York Times Book Review, Tara McKelvey reviews The Second Son, Jonathan Rabb’s final volume in a trilogy of historical thrillers, set during the Spanish Civil War:

Fascism and anarchy in 1930s Spain combine with romantic entanglement to provide the action ... The Second Son is an unusual blend...
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British neo-Nazis plotted to kill Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón

February 13, 2011
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British neo-Nazis plotted to kill Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón

The Telegraph reports on one of the revelations in the new documentary about Baltasar Garzón, which is premiering at the Berlinale:

A British based neo-Nazi group allegedly plotted to assassinate one of Spain's leading judges over his attempt to investigate the crimes of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Members of...
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SCW archives in Manchester

February 13, 2011
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SCW archives in Manchester

Manchester Confidential highlights the Working Class Movement Library:

There’s lots about the volunteers who went out from Manchester in the 1930s to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War – letters home, and the diary of Ralph Cantor from Cheetham Hill who died in Spain aged 21.

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Picasso show opens in Houston

February 13, 2011
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Picasso show opens in Houston

Herbert Sigüenza's one-man show A Weekend with Pablo Picasso opens in Houston this week, Chron reports:

The format is more Picasso just being Picasso - though he does look back at key incidents and works. He tells certain stories, as anyone would in conversation. He tells about his painting Guernica, how it...
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Wikileaks, avant la Wiki: FDR on Franco in 1945 (2)

February 11, 2011
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Wikileaks, avant la Wiki: FDR on Franco in 1945 (2)

I recently stumbled across a WikiLeaks-like March 1945 letter by FDR to the new US Ambassador in Madrid, saying that the US government will hold its nose and maintain relations with the Franco regime, but that it repudiates the origins and ideology of the regime. Little did I know that this brief archival document...
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