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In win for 15M, former finance minister investigated

July 5, 2012
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From Democracy Now: Protesters in Spain are celebrating a major victory after the country’s high court opened a criminal investigation into Rodrigo Rato, the former head of Spain’s biggest mortgage lender, Bankia. Rato, also the ex-chief of the International Monetary Fund, has been ordered to appear in court to face criminal fraud accusations related...
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In the footsteps of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion

July 1, 2012
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In the footsteps of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion

(Versión en castellano aquí.) At the end of 2004 a good friend  of mine found, by chance, a piece of graffiti on a wall in the chapel of San Gregorio in the town of Aguaviva (Teruel). It had been written on Christmas Day 1937 by Edward Muscala, an American member of the International...
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La diáspora española en EEUU y la Guerra Civil Española

June 16, 2012
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La diáspora española en EEUU y la Guerra Civil Española

En inglés aquí. 1937.  Una gira campestre en Toro Park, a 15 kilómetros de la ciudad de Monterey, California.  Varios centenares de inmigrantes españoles que se han establecido en la Península de Monterey y en el Valle de Santa Clara disfrutan de un ameno “picnic”.  Pero los puños en alto nos recuerdan que en...
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German Stuka dive-bomber found in Baltic

June 13, 2012
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German Stuka dive-bomber found in Baltic

Wreckage from a Ju-87 'Stuka' has recently been found in the Baltic Sea.
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Syria: The Spanish Civil War of Our Time?

June 8, 2012
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Is the violent dictatorial conflict in Syria comparable to that of Spain in the 1930s? Over the past week a number of opinions regarding this subject matter have been published on the Internet, including that of international affairs expert Barry Rubin. Stated Rubin in a recent blog post:

In several respects, the Syrian civil...
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This Sunday: Abraham Lincoln Brigade Celebration in Bay Area

May 25, 2012
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This Saturday, ALBA celebrates the 76th reunion of the Lincoln Brigade at a special event in Berkeley, CA.
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Facing Fascism, in Tampa, Florida, for example

March 30, 2012
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Facing Fascism, in Tampa, Florida, for example

Tampa, Florida was a sleepy town of just a few thousand inhabitants when, in 1885, the Spanish cigarmakers Vicente Martínez Ybor and Ignacio Haya decided to relocate their “clear Havana tobacco” cigar factories to the area from Key West.  (They had relocated in 1869 from Havana to Key West to avoid both the high...
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Tremlett Reviews Preston’s “Spanish Holocaust”

March 9, 2012
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Tremlett Reviews Preston’s “Spanish Holocaust”

Giles Tremlett, correspondent of The Guardian in Madrid, and author of Ghosts of Spain, reviews Paul Preston’s latest book about terrorism and its legacy in Franco’s Spain. “Franco had time to impose his own version of history, which still prevents contemporary Spain from “looking upon its recent violent past in an open and honest...
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Ronald Fraser (1930-2012)

February 15, 2012
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Ronald Fraser (1930-2012)

The historian Ronald Fraser, author Blood of Spain, has died in Spain, where he lived. Blood of Spain, Tariq Ali writes in The Guardian, "is a peerless account of the Spanish civil war, carefully constructed from interviews with participants on both sides":

Conducted with a steady and consistently courteous voice, the...
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The Future of the Valley of the Fallen

November 30, 2011
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The Future of the Valley of the Fallen

Several months ago, President Zapatero appointed a committee of experts to put together a report with recommendations on the future of the Valle de los Caídos, the pharaonic monument and burial place of José Antonio Primo de Rivera (founder of Spain’s fascist party, Falange) and the Generalísimo himself, Francisco Franco.  The committee issued its...
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