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
Away with the tyrannical General Franco!
Some 350,000 Spanish citizens died during Spain’s calamitous civil war (1936-39) and a further 200,000 afterwards – of hunger. Continue reading Away with the tyrannical General Franco!
The wages of sin: Time to abandon Spain’s pact of silence
Many countries have been persuaded that it is better to ignore and suppress the past in the interest of forgiving and forgetting. Such arguments are often put forward by those who have most to hide and most to lose. The opposite argument – that past sins must be publicly acknowledged – recognizes that in violent conflict everyone is scarred for life. Continue reading The wages of sin: Time to abandon Spain’s pact of silence
Spain’s right to memory under threat
The politics of public or “collective” memory are alive and well in Spain, where a controversial dictionary of national biography has whitewashed the career of its former dictator, General Francisco Franco. Continue reading Spain’s right to memory under threat