¡No pasarán!Posted: September 2, 2012
The Pussy Riot trio is pictured as they went to trial. We see the double confluence of music and politics in the shirt worn by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, on the right. Not only is Pussy Riot demonstrating against Putin’s Russia. Her shirt celebrates the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. “¡No pasarán!” They shall not pass.
I’ve posted an essay here about my special interest in the Spanish Civil War, which was an important period in American political and intellectual history. Many Americans, unfortunately, are not knowledgeable about or even aware of this war. The civil war in Spain in 1936-39 was the first act of the wars, both cold and hot, that followed for the next 50 years.