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The man who can’t say no: Preston is working harder than ever

June 7, 2013
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<em>The man who can’t say no</em>: Preston is working harder than ever

Paul Preston is impossible to avoid. Author of twelve books, editor of several more, and director of an important series on the subject, he towers mile-high in the landscape of Spanish Civil War scholarship. And yet in person he can be quite elusive. A previously arranged meeting for an interview in London first had...
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Ocho interpretaciones sociales de la crisis en España (2)

March 16, 2013
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Ocho interpretaciones sociales de la crisis en España (2)

La crisis económica española que muchos pensaron pasajera se vuelve interminable. En un intento desesperado por comprender qué ha ocurrido y qué cabe esperar del futuro próximo, prácticamente todo el mundo tiene un relato que da sentido a la situación actual.
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Eight ways to read the Spanish Crisis (part 2)

March 15, 2013
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Eight ways to read the Spanish Crisis (part 2)

The economic crisis in Spain, which many thought short-lived, appears to have no end in sight. In a desperate attempt to understand what has happened and what the near future may bring, almost everyone has adopted a narrative that helps explain the situation and charts some way forward.
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Lincoln’s Fundamental Creed: Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013)

March 15, 2013
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Lincoln’s Fundamental Creed: Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013)

Antonio Frasconi, the great graphic artist, illustrator, teacher and humanitarian, created this woodcut of the Lincoln Memorial, which resides in the nation’s capitol next to the famous words of the Gettysburg address, “That government, of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” He titled this 1956...
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Chim in the Spanish Civil War Another Way Of Seeing

March 15, 2013
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<em>Chim in the Spanish Civil War</em> Another Way Of Seeing

While his friends Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were most at ease in action shots, Chim’s range was much wider. And although Chim--aka Dawid Szymin, aka David Seymour--was a master at the photo story, many of his single images are striking on their own.
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SPAIN DISPATCH Silencing dissent in Galicia: Nomes e Voces

March 15, 2013
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<em>SPAIN DISPATCH</em> Silencing dissent in Galicia: <em>Nomes e Voces</em>

Several years ago, a researcher from the small Galician town of As Pontes, participating in the excavation of a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War in the heavily left-leaning region of Asturias, caught his breath as he heard a vitriolic torrent of abuse directed at the gallegos. The Galicians, he was told, were...
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HR COLUMN Impunity against the ropes in Latin America

March 15, 2013
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<em>HR COLUMN</em> Impunity against the ropes in Latin America

The struggle to end impunity for state violence has been a central concern of the human rights movement in Latin America for decades. Efforts by victims, rights advocates, and justice officials to promote accountability have been determined, and in many instances heroic. The results have been mixed. Many human rights abusers who once seemed...
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SPECIAL REPORT Argentine judge continues fight for victims of Franco

March 15, 2013
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<em>SPECIAL REPORT</em> Argentine judge continues fight for victims of Franco

After more than seven decades of impunity, those who committed crimes during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship may finally have to face a judge. Spain has never lifted its 1977 amnesty law, which, unlike similar laws in Chile and Argentina, was passed by a democratically elected government. Claiming that the law was a crucial piece...
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The Lincolns as internationalists: A battalion of immigrant activists

March 15, 2013
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The Lincolns as internationalists: A battalion of immigrant activists

A survey of Lincoln veterans in the 1980s showed that 80 percent of the surviving volunteers were immigrants or children of immigrants. Some had participated in the mass migrations before WWI but many were relative newcomers who were "internationalists" rather than nationals.
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A Chinese volunteer in the Lincoln Brigade

January 4, 2013
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A Chinese volunteer in the Lincoln Brigade

Among the nearly 3,000 U.S. volunteers who joined the International Brigades in Spain, there were two Chinese: Chi Chang (张纪) from Minnesota and Dong Hong Yick (his Chinese name: 陈文饶, Wen Rao Chen) from New York’s Chinatown. Chang survived the Spanish Civil War, but Yick was killed at Gandesa in 1938. Chi Chang came from...
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