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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.

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.

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.

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".

The move to crush possibility of change in Spain

15 May 2007
In May 1937 bloody street fighting broke out in Barcelona. This marked a turning point in the revolution that had erupted in response to the military rising ten months previously.

Reports round-up

24 March 2007
European rallies against job cuts Some 40,000 Airbus workers protested last Friday in Germany, France, Spain and Britain against plans by the European aircraft maker to cut one in ten of its workforce of 87,000.

Hundreds of thousands march against war across the world

24 March 2007
Spain Some of the biggest demonstrations took place in Spain. Hundreds of thousands marched in Madrid and more than 10,000 in Barcelona. Protests involving thousands more took place in many other Spanish cities.

Veteran slams Trident plans on his 100th birthday

17 February 2007
Howard Andrews of Taunton, Somerset, is England’s oldest surviving Spanish Civil War International Brigader (see Socialist Worker, 18 November 2006).

The Angel of History: a vivid reconstruction of Walter Benjamin’s final days

13 January 2007
In September 1940 the Marxist literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin committed suicide in the Spanish border town of Port Bou.

A veteran’s homage to the Spanish revolt of 1936-9

18 November 2006
Howard Andrews, known as Andy, is Britain’s oldest surviving veteran of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9. He spoke to Socialist Worker about his extraordinary life and a memorable visit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the civil war

Velazquez: painting the life of the Spanish empire

21 October 2006
Diego Velazquez is considered Spain’s greatest painter, "the painters’ painter" as Edouard Manet described him, and his influence on subsequent artists is beyond doubt. Painters as different as Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso have paid homage to him and painted their own versions of his masterpieces.

Lorca - words of desire and words of defiance

16 September 2006
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca, widely proclaimed to be Spain’s finest writer. He was murdered at the age of 38 by a fascist militia and thrown into an unmarked grave.

Timeline of the Spanish Revolution

22 July 2006
September 1923King Alfonso XIII scraps parliamentary monarchy, installs a military dictatorship under General Miguel Primo de Rivera.January 1930Faced with rising opposition, Primo de Rivera is replaced.April 1931The left wins local elections. The king flees Spain. Crowds enthusiastically proclaim the new Republic.October 1934Right wing government takes office. Armed miners rise and create the Asturian Commune.

Spanish civil war veteran: Penny Feiwel

22 July 2006
"I didn’t get the sack, I gave them the sack," Penny emphasised proudly. Single and unemployed, she was approached by a "left wing colleague" who explained the situation in Spain.

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