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Spain wrestles with Franco’s resting place

The Valley of the Fallen

A group of experts has recommended that Franco be exhumed and El Valle de los Caídos, the notorious monument to him, be transformed into a place of reconciliation. It’s extremely unlikely to happen, but one day Spain must resolve the conundrum presented by this sinister reminder of Francoism and the Civil War.

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

The man who knew Fidel Castro, Warhol and Franco’s Spain

Waldo Díaz-Balart used to be married to the sister of Cuba’s revolutionary former leader. But he remembers with more fondness his stint in 1960s New York, where he lived before settling in Madrid to develop his career as an abstract artist.

November 4th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s Civil War film canon needs new urgency

Plenty of excellent movies about this traumatic period in Spain’s history have been made. New drama ‘The Sleeping Voice’ isn’t one of them.

October 28th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, Spain News | Read More »

How history will judge Zapatero

Zapatero: not feeling so lucky anymore...

Many will remember Spain’s socialist prime minister for his mishandling of the economic crisis. But his legacy in other areas – particularly social reform – is substantial.

October 27th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s buried past

Spain's buried past

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Spain’s Second Republic. But with many mass graves from the Civil War era still not excavated and those who dare probe the crimes of the past facing legal action themselves, the country still appears reluctant to face up to its violent past.

June 29th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

Franco and the red pen

Spain’s Royal Academy of History is an outdated and ideologically questionable institution which has published a dictionary praising Franco. But its farcical view of history also reflects the low esteem in which the post of sub-editor is held in Spain.

June 6th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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