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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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Books4Spain: A New Website for Books about Spain in English

July 26, 2012
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Books4Spain: A New Website for Books about Spain in English

The brainchild of Englishman Rod Younger, Book4Spain offers Iberophiles one of the widest selections of books about Spain in the world.
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How an Irish Football Coach saved a Spanish Soccer Team in the SCW

July 26, 2012
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How an Irish Football Coach saved a Spanish Soccer Team in the SCW

Patrick O'Connell not only led FC Barcelona to multiple victories, but allowed for half of the team to escape the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.
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House of Canadian Doctor who Pioneered Blood Transfusion during SCW becomes Focus of Debate

July 26, 2012
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House of Canadian Doctor who Pioneered Blood Transfusion during SCW becomes Focus of Debate

The Canadian government recently opened a $2.5 million visitor's center in the house where Dr. Norman Bethune, the man who pioneered new medical techniques during the Spanish Civil War, was born.
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Chile: President Signs Anti-Discrimination Law

July 13, 2012
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The Associated Press reports: Chile’s president signed an anti-discrimination law on Thursday several months after the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body. The law was approved in May after being stuck in Congress for seven years. President Sebastián Piñera had urged lawmakers to speed its approval...
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