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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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“Negrín was right.” An interview with Gabriel Jackson

August 31, 2010
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“Negrín was right.” An interview with Gabriel Jackson

After twenty-six years in Barcelona, one of the world’s most prominent historians of twentieth-century Spain has moved back to the United States. Few foreign scholars command the respect and authority that Gabriel Jackson enjoys in Spain. For the past decade, Jackson has been working on a major biography of Juan Negrín, the Republic’s Prime...
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Collective Memory, A Different Kind of DNA (Teruel, 1938-Derry, 1972)

July 8, 2010
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Collective Memory, A Different Kind of DNA (Teruel, 1938-Derry, 1972)

The morning of the publishing of the Saville Enquiry Report, June 15th 2010, I received an early call, from Elaine Brotherton, a close friend and niece of William McKinney, who was one of the thirteen men who shot dead by the British Army on January 30th 1972. The event became known to the world...
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Anatomy of a Lie: The Death of Oliver Law

June 1, 2010
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Anatomy of a Lie: The Death of Oliver Law

Oliver Law, the first Black American to command white troops in battle, was appointed on July 5, 1937 as commander of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. According to eyewitness accounts of men under his command, Law died a hero’s death leading a charge against Francoist forces on Mosquito Hill at the Battle of Brunete on...
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Truth in the Making: The Never-Ending Saga of Capa’s Falling Soldier

March 17, 2010
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Truth in the Making: The Never-Ending Saga of Capa’s Falling Soldier

This past July, around the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War and 11 days after the opening of a large Robert Capa exhibit at the Catalan National Museum of Art, the Barcelona news paper El Periódico de Catalunya published what was billed as a stun ning revelation: Capa’s legendary photograph of...
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Charles A. Fors and Eloísa

March 6, 2010
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Charles A. Fors and Eloísa

Charlie Fors was a Detroit automobile worker who volunteered to go to Spain to join the International Brigades. He had volunteered to drive a truck when it was told to the volunteers that there were trucks available, but no drivers for them. He was assigned to drive a truck on the Cordoba front, Pozo...
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Mystery Photo: 
Gift to Obama Puts ALBA in the Spotlight

March 6, 2010
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Mystery Photo: 
Gift to Obama Puts ALBA in the Spotlight

Who is the young black International Brigadier in doughboy gear whose portrait the Spanish government hopes to give to Barack Obama? In November the Spanish press put out a worldwide call for help in identifying the man on this stunning photo by Agustí Centelles. It was a challenge we could not pass up....
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The War Before the Lights Went Out: An Interview with Helen Graham

March 6, 2010
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The War Before the Lights Went Out: An Interview with Helen Graham

On a Sunday evening in January Helen Graham, one of the most prominent English-speaking historians of twentieth-century Spain today, sat down to discuss her life-long fascination with the war, Spain’s attempts at “recovering” its historical memory, and the skewed way in which the war is still viewed by many U.S. scholars and intellectuals.
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