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As Spanish Human Rights Judge Baltasar Garzón Faces Trial, Meet His Nemesis

Judge Garzón rose to prominence for ordering the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the famed judge is the defendant after a right-wing Spanish attorney accused the crusading magistrate of illegally opening national wounds from the Franco E

Baltasar Garzón, Spanish judge (www_ukberri_net)
Baltasar Garzón, Spanish judge (www_ukberri_net)
Sandrine Morel

MADRID - In his office, just a stone's throw from the headquarters of the Spanish socialist party he so abhors, Miguel Bernad savors his victory. On Tuesday, after almost three years of waiting, the general secretary of the ultra-conservative Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) union finally saw Judge Baltasar Garzón placed in the dock for attempting to investigate disappearances that occurred during the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent years of the Francisco Franco dictatorship.

Bernad, a 68-year-old lawyer who represented Spain's far-right Frente Nacional (National Front) party in the European elections of 1989, is the man who filed the complaint in May 2009 against Baltasar Garzón, a celebrity human rights defender, now on trial on charges of abusing his judicial powers.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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