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Review: Writers at war

March 17, 2013
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Review: Writers at war

David Boyd Haycock. I am Spain: The Spanish Civil War and the Men and Women Who Went to Fight Fascism (Old Street Publishing, Brecon, 2012).
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Mystery sketch: Help wanted

March 16, 2013
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Mystery sketch: Help wanted

Can anyone shed any light on the origins of this sketch? It belonged to Arthur West, an ac­tivist in the Aid Spain movement in Notting­ham and a prominent local trade unionist, who died in 1979, aged 67. The portrait is ded­icated at the top to “the Liverpool Local with Red Front Saluds, Jack Coward.”...
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El Ateneo de Madrid dedica su tertulia a la Brigada Lincoln

March 8, 2013
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El Ateneo de Madrid dedica su tertulia a la Brigada Lincoln

El pasado mes de febrero recibí una llamada del Ateneo de Madrid pidiéndome que preparara una pequeña exposición sobre algún aspecto de la  II República Española para presentar en la tertulia que todos los lunes reúne a un grupo de republicanos –la mayoría ya muy mayores- deseosos de saber más sobre ese breve periodo...
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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir

February 27, 2013
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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir

This is the story of my service in the Spanish Civil War during the years 1937 and 1938 as a soldier in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade of the 15th Brigade of the International Brigades.
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Dr. Josep Maria Massons (1913-2012)

January 18, 2013
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Dr. Josep Maria Massons (1913-2012)

(English version.) Josep Maria Massons Esplugas falleció el 10 de noviembre de 2012 en Barcelona. Nació en Valls (Tarragona, Cataluña) el 18 de enero de 1913. Se licenció en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Barcelona en 1934. Ganó una plaza de medico-interno de cirugía del Hospital Clínico de Barcelona. Cuando estalló...
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Benét remembered

December 19, 2012
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Spanish Civil War veteran Jim Benét, who passed away earlier this week, “drank several times alongside writer Ernest Hemingway,” Brett Wilkison writes for the Press Democrat: He forged his own path as a respected newspaper and TV reporter in the Bay Area, covering the Free Speech movement on the UC Berkeley campus in the...
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Navy officer extradicted for 1973 Chile killings

October 18, 2012
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The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court in Chile approved an extradition request on Wednesday against a former American Navy officer indicted in the killings of two United States citizens in the aftermath of the 1973 coup. Retired Capt. Ray E. Davis was commander of the United States Military Group at the embassy...
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Argentine military convicted

October 16, 2012
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The Associated Press reports: Judges in Argentina have convicted three former navy officers of summarily executing 16 political prisoners, and called on the U.S. to extradite a fourth suspect living in Miami. The “Massacre of Trelew” in 1972 presaged the violence leading to Argentina’s bloody dictatorship four years later. The inmates were shot even...
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Is There Freedom of the Press in Spain?

September 1, 2012
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Is There Freedom of the Press in Spain?

The Spanish on-line paper El Plural is reporting a rather shocking story from Madrid. “The State Secretariat of Information has decided that the news conference planned for next week by the Circle of Foreign Correspondents in Spain with former judge Baltasar Garzón “is not appropriate” (“no es idóneo”), and it has denied permission for...
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An apocryphal obituary of a fictional character

August 31, 2012
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An apocryphal obituary of a fictional character

In his massive novel La noche de los tiempos, Antonio Muñoz Molina crafts an unforgettable fictional character named  Judith Biely.  The daughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Judith grew up in New York, did doctoral work in Spanish Literature at Columbia, and traveled to Spain in the early 1930s to conduct doctoral research.  In...
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