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Cinema and the Spanish Civil War - BFI

09 June 2009
The BFI’s new season contains films that explore the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9.

The fight against ‘mechanical Marxism’

02 June 2009
In September 1940 a German Jewish refugee committed suicide after he fled occupied France into Spain and was then told he would be turned over to Hitler’s Gestapo.

Guernica: a horror of war that gave us a canvas of genius

07 April 2009
The horror of the aerial bombardment of Guernica, in Spain, by fascist forces on 26 April 1937 drove Pablo Picasso to his canvas.

The Brits Who Fought For Spain

24 March 2009
These two 60 minute documentaries tell the story of seven British people who fought for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9.

Students protest across Spain

17 March 2009
Tens of thousands of students demonstrated and went on strike all over Spain last Thursday. They were protesting against the imminent imposition of the Bologna Plan – a European Union directive to homogenise university education.

Where now for construction jobs dispute?

10 March 2009
Workers were set to protest on Wednesday of this week at the Staythorpe construction site near Newark in Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Grain site in Kent. The ongoing campaign has targeted Spanish subcontractors at the Alstom company.

Students and revolt

23 January 2009
Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland. The last two months have seen a new upsurge of student struggles, leading French president Nicolas Sarkozy to recall the student uprising in Paris in May 1968. He warned his fellow rulers of a "European 1968".

Student occupations sweep Spain

06 January 2009

Scotland’s solidarity with Republican Spain

15 December 2008
"If I don’t go out and fight fascism, I’ll just have to wait and fight it here." That was how John Patsy McEwan explained his decision to leave Dundee to go and fight in the Spanish Civil War – alongside hundreds of others.

Spain drops charges against Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna

06 March 2008
Campaigners for British Guantanamo Bay detainees Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna were celebrating today at the news that authorities have dropped attempts to extradite the two men to Spain.

Against embedding journalists

26 February 2008
My brother José Couso, a cameraman for the Spanish Tele5 TV station, was murdered in Baghdad on 8 April 2003 during a military operation by the US army.

Campaigners oppose extradition of Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna

19 February 2008
Supporters of former Guantanamo prisoners Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna protested outside their hearing on Thursday of last week. The Spanish government is trying to extradite them on terror charges. Both men have suffered severely in Guantanamo Bay and their supporters say they are medically unfit to stand trial

El Barrio - Sounds From The Spanish Harlem Streets

20 November 2007
The El Barrio series collects salsa music from the 1960s and 1970s. This latest album concentrates on the period of revolutionary action after 1968.

Adam ‘Cobblers’ Crozier’s Spanish insult is cause for complaint

11 October 2007
Royal Mail boss Adam "Cobblers" Crozier is known for his mocking, loutish way of speaking, but by slurring post workers for their supposed "Spanish practices", he has upset more people than usual.

Western Sahara: intifada and occupation

28 August 2007
The Moroccan government has occupied Western Sahara since 1975. It moved in following the withdrawal of Spanish colonial forces.

The Spanish Civil War - Andy Durgan | Victory Street | Work, Rest and Play exhibition

14 August 2007
The Spanish Civil War by Andy DurganPalgrave, £14.50 Andy Durgan has written a short but incisive history of the Spanish Civil War.

Andreu Nin and the Poum in the Spanish Revolution

26 June 2007
Frustration with the timidity of working class leaders who repeatedly insist parliament is the crucial way to achieve change is nothing new. Prior to the First World War there was an insistence within the Socialist and Labour Parties in western Europe and North America on winning gradual reforms through parliament.

Alevanta! – Benjamin Escoriza | Thirty years of Rock Against Racism

26 June 2007
Alevanta!Benjamin EscorizaCD out now Alevanta! is the first solo album by Benjamin Escoriza, the former lead singer of the seminal Spanish band Radio Tarifa.

Repression that crushed the Spanish revolution

29 May 2007
The outcome of the five days of intense fighting in Barcelona in May 1937 – the "civil war within the civil war" – was a decisive defeat for the revolution that had begun in July 1936.

How the counter revolution began in Spain

22 May 2007
Barcelona, 3 May 1937, three o’clock in the afternoon – three lorry loads of police and Republican Assault Guards force their way into the central telephone exchange, beginning what became known as the "May Events".

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