Author Archive for Sebastiaan Faber

Letter from ALBA: Lessons from the Past Year

February 4, 2021
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Letter from ALBA: Lessons from the Past Year

Dear Friends, The two main lessons to draw from the last 12 months are not particularly new—but they are crucial nonetheless. First, healthcare is a public good and should be treated as such. And second, the far right is as dangerous as we feared and should be taken very seriously. In relation to the...
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Book Review: Franco’s Soldiers

February 4, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Franco’s Soldiers

Soldados de Franco. Reclutamiento forzoso, experiencia de guerra y desmovilización militar, by Francisco J. Leira Castiñeira. Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2020.
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Book Review: Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

February 4, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation, edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020.
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Baltasar Garzón: “There’s Nothing More Dangerous Than Friendly Fire.”

February 4, 2021
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Baltasar Garzón: “There’s Nothing More Dangerous Than Friendly Fire.”

Judge Garzón, the crusading Spanish magistrate and first recipient of the ALBA/Puffin Award, looks back on his turbulent career. “The truth is that my ideas have not changed much.” No Spanish judge has had as many admirers around the world as Baltasar Garzón—the Spanish judge who helped bring about a world in which political...
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Spain’s Cabinet Approves New Memory Law

November 14, 2020
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Spain’s Cabinet Approves New Memory Law

In September, the cabinet of Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister, approved the draft for a new Law of Democratic Memory that seeks to go farther than existing legislation, which dates from 2007, in settling the unfinished business of the transition to democracy. The new law would provide material and symbolic reparations for victims...
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Letter from ALBA: They Did Not Pass

November 14, 2020
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Letter from ALBA: They Did Not Pass

Dear Friends, No pasaron. They did not pass. As this issue goes to print, we are emerging from one of the most intense election seasons the United States has ever lived through, following four years that have revealed the best and the worst faces of this country. On the one hand, we saw a...
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“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.” Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

August 27, 2020
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<em>“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.”</em> Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

Among the hundreds of thousands of Spanish refugees who ended up in French concentration camps was the graphic artist Josep Bartolí, who would later become a well-known artist in Mexico and New York. His dramatic drawings of the Civil War and life in the camps are featured in a new book by his nephew,...
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Isabel Allende and Walter Hood Headline ALBA’s Monument Celebration on September 12

August 27, 2020
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Isabel Allende and Walter Hood Headline ALBA’s Monument Celebration on September 12

Following its successful online spring gala, ALBA invites you to join a live-streamed celebration of the Lincoln Brigade Monument in San Francisco, which has been recently restored. Speakers include Isabel Allende, Bill Fletcher, Walter Hood, Susan Schwartzenberg, Rafael Jesús González, and Harvey Smith. With several musical performances. ALBA Online Monument Celebration September 12, 5pm...
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ALBA Stands in Solidarity

June 3, 2020
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ALBA Stands in Solidarity

ALBA wholeheartedly rejects white supremacy and racial inequality. We condemn the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the systemic police brutality in black communities throughout the United States.
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“Humanitarian Aid Cannot Be Criminalized”

June 2, 2020
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“Humanitarian Aid Cannot Be Criminalized”

We speak with one of the No More Deaths volunteers who faced trial for helping save migrants’ lives. In August 2017, Madeline Huse and three other volunteers of the Tucson-based organization No More Deaths entered the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona to deposit jugs of water and cans of beans near various...
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