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DailyKos on Garzón and Juan Carlos

February 26, 2011
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Ed Tracey at the DailyKos pens a long post on his Spanish heroes, Baltasar Garzón and King Juan Carlos:

Garzón's trial is scheduled to begin this summer - and this is an individual we should keep in our thoughts and prayers, hoping that our opponents will not be able to...
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Orwell, Miró, and revolution

February 26, 2011
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Orwell, Miró, and revolution

The Guardian's Jonathan Jones reflects on George Orwell and Joan Miró's engagement with the Spanish Civil War:

Miró, like Picasso, reacted with deep emotion to the plight of Spain. His paintings see the violence of civil war in an old shoe, in the prongs of a fork, in a colossal...
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Big prize for SCW novel

February 26, 2011
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Raul del Pozo has been awared the prestigious Premio Primavera de Novela (200,000 euros) for El reclamo, the story of an former anti-Franco guerrilla who is forced into exile in South America. More here (English) and here (Spanish).
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Green light for Spanish Guantánamo torture case

February 26, 2011
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Green light for Spanish Guantánamo torture case

Spain's national criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional, has decided that the case for alleged torture perpetrated at the Guantánamo prison can go ahead. Judge Baltasar Garzón opened it in 2009, despite the resistance of the Attorney General and--as the WikiLeaks cables revealed--strong pressure from the US government and Congress. The case is conducted by...
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Hank Rubin (1916 – 2011)

February 24, 2011
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Hank Rubin (1916 – 2011)

Marci Rubin, daughter of Lincoln Veteran Henry Mortimer “Hank” Rubin reports that her father passed away this morning in San Francisco.
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ALBA: A Laboratory of Experiments in Moral Courage

February 20, 2011
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ALBA:  A Laboratory of Experiments in Moral Courage

The thousands of documents, images and artifacts that make up the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives can mean different things to different people. To the veterans and their immediate friends and family, the Archives are, among other things, a repository of the personal papers and effects of loved ones, a kind of extended and collective...
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Supreme court rejects annulment of Miguel Hernández sentence

February 16, 2011
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Supreme court rejects annulment of Miguel Hernández sentence

Spain's Supreme Court, El País reports, has rejected a request for annulment from the family of one of Spain's most renowned 20th-century poets, Miguel Hernández, who died in a Francoist prison in 1942, at age 31, after having been convicted of "aiding the rebellion"'--the perverse phrase with which Franco's Law of Political Responsibilities designated...
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Preston wins Catalan history prize

February 15, 2011
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Preston wins Catalan history prize

Paul Preston's forthcoming book The Spanish Holocaust, an exhaustive study of violence and repression during and after the Spanish Civil War, has just been awarded the prestigious Premio de Historia de Catalunya Santiago Sobrequés i Vidal, Público reports. The book will go on sale in Spain this coming April; the English edition will...
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Post-SCW drama scores Goya awards

February 15, 2011
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Post-SCW drama scores Goya awards

Agustí Villaronga's Pa negre (Black Bread) came out as clear winner in this week's Goya award ceremony (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars). The Catalan film is part of the line-up of the Portland International Film Festival this month. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

Agusti Villaronga's Black Bread won...
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Dundee SCW volunteers remembered

February 15, 2011
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The Courier reports:

Dundee volunteers who travelled to Spain over 70 years ago to fight fascism were commemorated on Saturday. The annual remembrance, organised by the Trades Union Council, was held at the memorial to the International Brigade in Albert Square. Taking part in the event along with union members were relatives...
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