Scribbler in Seville

Franco

A monument to fascism

Yesterday an announcement was made about the recommendations proposed by a special committee of “experts” (whose credibility is a cause for much discussion), set up to look into the Valle de los Caidos (the Valley of the Fallen), the massive, sinister mausoleum…

Fear and repression in Franco’s Spain

Last week I saw two new films about Spain under Franco’s dictatorship. Both were dominated, predictably, by the recurrent themes of injustice, incarceration, abuse and human suffering. Both had a strong Andalucian connection: one was set and filmed here; the…

35 years of freedom

If you’ve been following the recent struggles of women in Saudi Arabia – one woman was caught driving and was sentenced to 10 lashes for the offence, a barbaric and medieval punishment which she only escaped after the king pardoned…

Stolen babies: part 2

As a follow-up to my previous post, on a story which I had been following for some time in the Spanish media, I though it was worth mentioning some of today's national press coverage of the topic. It's a delicate,…

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