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November 16 2010

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YouTube - Lewis Hine | A documentary for National History Day about the photojournalist Lewis Hine
Und aktueller denn je. Riemen verknüpft in seinem Werk die Aufgabe des Philosophen mit der des Intellektuellen. Grundlage einer solchen Existenz ist eine unkorrumpierbare Verpflichtung der Wahrheit gegenüber, die Fähigkeit, gut und böse zu unterscheiden, und ein Denken, das niemals die Mittel dem Zweck unterordnet. Damit wendet er sich explizit gegen die allgegenwärtige Politisierung, die alles Weltgeschehen nur noch in "links" und "rechts" unterteilt; und auch gegen amerikanische Intellektuelle, für welche die Anschläge des 11. September 2001 nur Ausdruck einer inneren Fäulnis des Kapitalismus selbst waren. Blutbad bleibt Blutbad; das gilt es unter allen Umständen im Auge zu behalten.

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"Man verliert die meiste Zeit damit, dass man Zeit gewinnen will." (John Steinbeck)
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November 15 2010

Scandal of the Spanish Civil War mass graves

Source: Independent (UK) (11-14-10)

When "A M", a Spanish lawyer in her forties, talks about the Franco death squads who murdered her grandfather and tossed his body in a roadside ditch where it remained hidden for the next 74 years, any hatred or anger at the perpetrators is either long gone or deeply buried. But a huge reservoir of sorrow remains, together with resentment at extreme bureaucratic insensitivity.

"In the records of the government office where he worked, he's still noted as 'absent from his work station for unknown reasons'," she says. "We want those records put straight, with recognition of what really happened."

She has requested anonymity for herself and her grandfather because "that's what my late father would have wanted". But, in any case, remaining nameless is all that is on offer to the vast majority of the 120,000-plus victims believed to have been killed and buried by Franco's militias – and who are still waiting to be dug up. That wait is coming dangerously close to becoming permanent....

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Eight films by Alexander Kluge (b. 1932), made between 1960 & 1977:
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