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Pilar Primo de Rivera, female leader in Franco’s Spain

The leader of the only female mass organization in Francoist Spain, the Women's Section (Sección Femenina, SF) of the Falangist movement, which was Fascist in its...

A long lunch with a contemporary witness

Today I was invited for lunch by a 90-year-old lady at her home in the neighborhood. She is mentally and physically still quite fit...

40 years ago, tanks were rolling through Valencia

On February 23rd 1981, an attempted coup d'état against the nascent democracy, popularly known as 23-F and headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina (born 1932), took...

Old love never dies: somehow I feel quite attached to Valencia

I realized that if sometimes I sound quite negative about my almost three years in Valencia it’s not because basically I dislike Spain and...

Impressions from Taiwan in the 1970s

Today I watched a short documentary about Taiwan from the 1970s with a quite charming selection of what could be called Asian elevator music,...

Santiago Abascal, defender of Spain’s national unity

As mainstream Western Europe has been moving to the left for decades and traditional right-wing parties, like the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Germany and...

La Pasionaria, Spanish Stalinist politician, was born 125 years ago

Long-term secretary-general of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE) and eternal icon of the Left, Isidora Dolores Ibarruri, was born in the Northern Spanish province...

Huang Hua, China’s most important diplomat

Chinese diplomat Wang Rumei, who under his assumed name Huang Hua (“Yellow China”) served as Ambassador and Foreign Minister, died on November 24th, 2010...

An epic struggle between Good and Evil in Spain?

The man that decisively shaped twentieth-century Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died peacefully on November 20th, 1975 in a Madrid hospital. Although...

Spain’s astonishing rise from the ashes after the civil war

After the end of the three-year-long Spanish Civil War on April 1st, 1939, reconstruction under Generalissimo Francisco Franco began quickly and virtually without outside...

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