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Nueva York (3): Club Julio A. Mella in Harlem

March 8, 2011
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Nueva York (3): Club Julio A. Mella in Harlem

The Club Julio A. Mella in Spanish Harlem was named after the founder of Cuba’s Communist party.  The exhibition “Nueva York:  1613 – 1945” (New-York Historical Society and Museo del Barrio), featured the original of this painting of that club by Henry Glintenkamp, as part of the exhibition’s final section.  In this closing sequence...
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Nueva York (2): Langston Hughes on Cuban Lincoln volunteer Basilio Cueria

March 7, 2011
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Nueva York (2):  Langston Hughes on Cuban Lincoln volunteer Basilio Cueria

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the curators of the museum show “Nueva York:  1613 – 1945” (New-York Historical Society, Museo del Barrio) used the Spanish Civil War in New York as a kind of provisional endpoint for the exhibition’s sweeping narrative about Spanish-speakers in Gotham.  The exhibition showed how the war brought...
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ALBA: A Laboratory of Experiments in Moral Courage

February 20, 2011
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ALBA:  A Laboratory of Experiments in Moral Courage

The thousands of documents, images and artifacts that make up the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives can mean different things to different people. To the veterans and their immediate friends and family, the Archives are, among other things, a repository of the personal papers and effects of loved ones, a kind of extended and collective...
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Wikileaks avant la wiki (3): Department of State press release, Mar. 4, 1946.

February 13, 2011
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Wikileaks avant la wiki (3): Department of State press release, Mar. 4, 1946.

Opening statement from the US Department of State, from the publication “The Spanish Government and the Axis,” a collection of the wartime correspondence between Franco, Hitler and Mussolini which was discovered in Germany in 1945: THE GOVERNMENTS of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have exchanged views with regard to...
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Book Review: The Spanish Right and the Jews

June 1, 2010
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Book Review: The Spanish Right and the Jews

Isabelle Rohr, The Spanish Right and the Jews, 1898-1945: Anti-Semitism and Opportunism, Brighton/Portland Sussex University Press, 2008. This is an intriguing study of the relationship mostly of the Spanish Right, but also until the post-Franco years, of the Spanish state itself, with its own Jews, so to speak, the Sephardic community. It hearkens back...
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Magnum photo essays: Images from the Great Depression

April 6, 2010
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Magnum photo essays: Images from the Great Depression

Six selections of compelling images from the 1930s at Magnum.
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NY Times on Garzón

March 26, 2010
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NY Times on Garzón

Today in the Times:

Spain’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that an investigating magistrate could proceed with a case against a crusading judge known internationally for indicting Osama bin Laden and the Chilean dictator Read more »

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