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Pierre Daura’s Spanish Civil War

September 14, 2015
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Pierre Daura’s Spanish Civil War

What a surprise, a few minutes ago, to open the June issue of The Volunteer and to see on page 14 the article about my father, Pierre Daura, with reproductions of two of his paintings.
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Las alas de la República

September 14, 2015
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Las alas de la República

Mari Pepa Colomer y Dolors Vives fueron las primeras dos mujeres de la España republicana en conseguir su título de piloto y ambas trabajaron como instructoras para el Ejército de la República durante la Guerra Civil. Vivieron vidas de leyenda, pero una década después de su fallecimiento, la mayoría de los españoles no las conocen. (Version in...
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The Wings of the Republic: Spain’s Women Pilots

September 14, 2015
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The Wings of the Republic: Spain’s Women Pilots

Mari Pepa Colomer and Dolors Vives were the first two women in the Spanish Republic to earn their pilot’s license, working as flight instructors for the Republican Army. Both led lives of legend and enjoyed an uncommon longevity—yet a decade after their deaths, most Spaniards have never heard of them.
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Columna de Derechos Humanos: El tiempo, la justicia y la muerte

June 11, 2015
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<i>Columna de Derechos Humanos:</i> El tiempo, la justicia y la muerte

(English translation.) El tiempo y la justicia son inseparables: es imposible hacer justicia sin tener una conciencia del tiempo. El tiempo no sólo pasa para los muertos; también pasa para los vivos–los vivos que están esperando, al borde de la fosa, para el retorno de los restos de sus seres queridos. Están esperando a...
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Poetry Feature: Lessons of History

June 11, 2015
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Lessons of History

I wasn’t even born, never saw a soldier point a rifle into the face of a woman, her hair beginning to gray, run red. I witness from a distance the dark-eyed girl in Capa’s photo snuggled on a rice sack in a train station. Her pose wistful: to where railroad tracks began and will...
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Art vs. Tyranny: Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher

June 11, 2015
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Art <i>vs.</i> Tyranny: Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher

Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher—a Catalan painter, an American factory worker and a German carpenter—forged a close friendship in the trenches of Spain. A Japanese mortar round, a poem, and a painting united their lives, leaving a lasting artistic legacy.
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HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN: Time, Justice, and Death

June 11, 2015
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<em>HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN</em>: Time, Justice, and Death

Time and justice are inseparable: it is impossible to do justice without a proper awareness of time. Time does not only pass for the dead; it also passes for the living—the living who are waiting, at the side of the graves, for the return of their family members’ remains. They are waiting for a...
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An Underground Landscape of Terror

June 11, 2015
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An Underground Landscape of Terror

Cultural anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz has spent the last 13 years of his life studying the impact of Civil War exhumations in Spain, working in close collaboration with groups like the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory. Thanks to their efforts, Spanish citizens have exhumed more than 6,000 bodies since 2000—most of them civilian...
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Kelley Brown

June 11, 2015
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<i>Faces of ALBA-VALB:</i> Kelley Brown

Master Teacher Kelley Brown speaks about the rise of the Common Core and her experience teaching with ALBA’s materials in Massachusetts.
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HR COLUMN: Youth Protest and Human Rights

March 13, 2015
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<em>HR COLUMN:</em> Youth Protest and Human Rights

Four years ago, Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street merchant unable to obtain licenses to operate his business without local harassment, immolated himself in desperation. His death set off protests throughout the Arab world and sparked a two-year series of youth demonstrations, lasting through 2013, that were remarkable for their scope and intensity but also...
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