Eighty-five years ago this month, a wave of strikes hit Spanish ships in British ports, as crews demanded pay increases that the new government of the Spanish Republic had decreed. The strikes served as a prelude to the Spanish Civil War.
Hwei-Ru Ni is co-author of the pioneering 'The Call of Spain: The Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)'. Here she writes about Aking Chan, the only Chinese volunteer who came to Spain directly from China, using new information drawn from the manuscripts of Basque militia fighter Luis Ariznabarreta.
IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan has written about the pioneering black singer, actor and lifelong radical Paul Robeson for Tribune magazine online. Reproduced here are passages detailing Robeson’s support for the Spanish Republic and solidarity with the International Brigades.