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Franco's invisible legacy | Déjà vu in Sudan?

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019


Editor's note

Anyone publishing a book in Spain during the Franco dictatorship of 1939-75 had to accept censorship as an ugly fact of life. Material that was sexual, liberal, anti-Catholic or foul-mouthed was almost always expunged. This should have ended with the Spanish constitution of 1978, yet many censored texts of world classics and Spanish literary landmarks survive in reprints and even retranslations – not only in Spain but throughout the hispanic world. With the Francoist right again on the ascendant, Jordi Cornellà-Detrell argues that this legacy must be addressed.

Political developments in Sudan continue at a dizzying speed. Five days after Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down, the country’s future still hangs in the balance. What’s become clear is that the transition from military to civilian rule won’t be smooth. Willow Berridge explains why it’s crucial that all parties – including the country’s rebels – be involved in negotiations and that professionals and political forces stay united to avoid mistakes of the past.

Scientists working in a remote region of the Pyrenees mountains recently discovered microplastic particles that should not have been there. Sharon George and Carolyn Roberts look at how worried we should be about this airborne pollution. And Vincent Naude and Arjun Amar explain how they pieced together a clearer picture of what Africa’s threatened Martial eagles eat.

Steven Vass

Scotland Editor

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Spanish practices. Dani Oliver

Franco’s invisible legacy: books across the hispanic world are still scarred by his censorship

Jordi Cornellà-Detrell, University of Glasgow

Whenever writings were explicit, liberal or anti-Catholic, the Francoist censors crossed them out.

Leader of Sudan’s transitional council, Lieutenant General Abdel-Fattah Burhan. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

Sudan can avoid past mistakes by drawing lessons from its history

Willow Berridge, Newcastle University

There are concerns that the transition to civilian rule in Sudan won't be smooth.

Energy + Environment

How Google images helped us pin down the diet of Africa’s largest eagle

Vincent Naude, University of Cape Town; Arjun Amar, University of Cape Town

Scientists now have a better understanding of what martial eagles eat. This is valuable for the conservation of this endangered species.

Microplastics have even been blown into a remote corner of the Pyrenees

Sharon George, Keele University; Carolyn Roberts, Keele University

New research finds tiny particles in the atmosphere had been carried nearly 100km. Should we be worried?

Science + Technology

New technique helps identify which ancient rocks were used for cooking

Silje Evjenth Bentsen, University of Bergen

Researchers can more easily compare heated rocks from different studies and areas.

Data, statistics and hydrology can reveal key truths about Lake Chad

Frederi G. Viens, Michigan State University

Scientists are trying to figure out what risks changes in Lake Chad's levels pose to people in the region.

En français

Au musée d’Orsay, les modèles noirs sortent de l’ombre

Erick Cakpo, Université de Lorraine

Les raisons qui ont conduit à représenter les sujets noirs dans la peinture sont multiples et diverses, et jamais dénuées de sens.

Pourquoi historiennes et historiens s’intéressent-ils à « Game of Thrones » ?

Christian-Georges Schwentzel, Université de Lorraine

« Game of Thrones » n’est pas du tout une reconstitution historique du passé, mais suscite pourtant un très vif intérêt de la part des historiennes et des historiens.

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