Spain: A country tempered by sadness

Public adulation of Franco has ended; private sorrows remain. Continue reading Spain: A country tempered by sadness

Spain returns to the shadows of its Civil War past

One reason the United Kingdom must act from within the European Union. Continue reading Spain returns to the shadows of its Civil War past

Do Cry for Me, Guatemala

In a decision with bitter repercussions, on 10 May 2013 Guatemalan ex-dictator Jose Efraín Rios Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity. This victory happened after an unwarranted suspension of the trial and delaying tactics on the part of Montt’s legal team. Continue reading Do Cry for Me, Guatemala

Sri Lanka: Isle full of noises that no one is listening to

The image of Sri Lanka as a latter-day paradise was tragically marred by a bitter civil war in which both sides committed atrocities. Denial is in the air – which will do nothing to reconcile an ancient people already divided by religion, ethnicity and language. Continue reading Sri Lanka: Isle full of noises that no one is listening to

Reopening old wounds in Spain and making a mockery of justice

United Nations experts are urging Spain to investigate what happened to thousands of people who went missing during the Spanish civil war and under the Nationalist Franco dictatorship. Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church has beatified 522 people killed by Republicans, rubbing salt into the open wounds of impunity and denial. Continue reading Reopening old wounds in Spain and making a mockery of justice