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Thoughts of the Evening: Olavi Kantola

September 18, 2011
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Thoughts of the Evening: Olavi Kantola

Olavi Kantola was a Finnish-American volunteer in the International Brigades. This text by Alina Flinkman appeared in the Finnish magazine "Vaku" in 1941.
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Sneak Preview: Paul Preston on the Spanish Holocaust

September 18, 2011
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Sneak Preview: Paul Preston on the Spanish Holocaust

Behind the lines during the Spanish Civil War, nearly two hundred thousand men and women were murdered extra-judicially or executed after flimsy legal process. They were killed as a result of the military coup of 17-18 July 1936 against the Second Republic. For the same reason, at least three hundred thousand men...
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A Hemingway film and Picasso’s Guernica

September 10, 2011
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A Hemingway film and Picasso’s Guernica

Under the heading “New theories about a 20th century icon” El País reports that José Luis Alcaine has found extremely interesting parallels between the film version of Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms, and Picasso’s Guernica. Alcaine, a director of photography who has worked with Pedro Almodóvar and Victor Erice, summarises his conclusions...
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Shouts of the Hostage’s Hostage: ¡Democracia Real Ya!

June 3, 2011
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Shouts of the Hostage’s Hostage: ¡Democracia Real Ya!

Today I’d like to share with you my honest understanding of what has been going on in Spain over the last few weeks.  It’s not easy to make sense of what’s going on; the mainstream Spanish press, in my opinion, has been getting things quite wrong, or else ignoring the situation, except in its...
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Garzón: “Continue the fight for human rights, for human dignity, and against impunity”

May 15, 2011
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Garzón: “Continue the fight for human rights, for human dignity, and against impunity”

Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, members of ALBA, representatives of the Puffin Foundation, authorities, amigas y amigos: Seventy-five years ago in my country, Spain, one of the darkest and saddest chapters in the history of humanity began. It lasted more than forty years and even today, after 34 years of democracy, it has not...
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Picasso and Delaprée: new discoveries

April 20, 2011
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Picasso and Delaprée: new discoveries

I would like to add a note on Picasso's sketch on a copy of Paris-Soir of April 19th, 1937. Since my piece was published in The Volunteer I have come across some new information that links the evidence on Picasso's initial engagement with the Spanish Civil War at the end of 1936 and...
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Picasso, Louis Delaprée and the bombing of civilians

March 4, 2011
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Picasso, Louis Delaprée and the bombing of civilians

Although Picasso experts agree that the painter’s interest in the war as a subject was sparked some time in late 1936 or early 1937, the precise circumstances of the “conversion” that made the Guernica possible were never fully made clear—until now, that is. Last year, while preparing an edition of the Spanish Civil War...
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Bombs Over Madrid

November 23, 2010
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Bombs Over Madrid

What follows is not the laying of charges. It is a recording secretary’s deposition. I catalogue the ruins, count the dead, weigh up the spilled blood. I have seen all these images of the martyred city of Madrid that I will try to show you, although mostly they defy description. I do not care for propaganda tracts or...
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From Madrid to Guernica: Picasso, Louis Delaprée and the bombing of civilians, 1936-1937

November 23, 2010
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From Madrid to Guernica: Picasso, Louis Delaprée and the bombing of civilians, 1936-1937

Although Picasso experts agree that the painter’s interest in the war as a subject was sparked some time in late 1936 or early 1937, the precise circumstances of the “conversion” that made the Guernica possible were never fully made clear—until now, that is. Last year, while preparing an edition of the Spanish Civil War...
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Tribute to Baltasar Garzón

August 31, 2010
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Tribute to Baltasar Garzón

As Judge Baltasar Garzón faces a backlash that may cost him his position in Spain’s judiciary, ALBA invited María Blanco to give the keynote talk at the annual reunion of the Bay Area veterans and friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Berkeley, California, on May 30, 2010. What follows is the full text...
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