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Reflections on identity and diversity October 20, 2014 15:16

Reflections on identity and diversity

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the heterogeneous character of Latin America, and indeed without paying attention to this diversity it would [...]
 
A few moments with Fernando Garavito October 19, 2014 22:20

A few moments with Fernando Garavito

The Colombian journalist and writer died on 28 October 2010, in the same year in which he became Deputy Editor of the online magazine [...]
 
Do people need a doctrine of ‘sin’? October 5, 2014 00:03

Do people need a doctrine of ‘sin’?

Sin? A word loaded with theological overtones of repressive legalism? Completely out of step in a modern, western secular, enlightened culture? A word that [...]
 
 
“It is not the language of the enemy, it is the language of new friends” October 4, 2014 15:20

“It is not the language of the enemy, it is the language of new friends”

Salim Munayer is the founder and director of the non-profit organisation Musalaha, based in Jerusalem. Co-author of “Through My Enemy’s Eyes”, he believes that [...]
 
Media and discrimination (II): When we classify immigrants October 4, 2014 00:01

Media and discrimination (II): When we classify immigrants

As immigrants the last thing we want is to be discriminated against by other immigrant groups, or by ‘the natives’. But we are actually [...]
 
Media, ethics and immigration (I) September 21, 2014 15:12

Media, ethics and immigration (I)

Immigration is a complex issue, and it is the media which principally constructs the image of immigrants, and consolidates stereotypes.   Mónica del Pilar [...]
 
 
The boss of what? September 20, 2014 22:23

The boss of what?

Nearing the end of its run, “The boss of it all is a light, but witty”, confectionary written by Lars Von Trier. Originally a [...]
 
Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes September 20, 2014 22:13

Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

Isidoro Morantes still works as a shoemaker in Bogotá, yet his life has been far from easy. He has suffered considerable persecution at the [...]
 
Living in Fractured Times September 14, 2014 19:49

Living in Fractured Times

Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous book, Fractured Times, is a scintillating collection of essays covering the cultural history of Europe through the Twentieth Century.   Steve [...]
 
 
An Englishman for Scotland September 7, 2014 00:02

An Englishman for Scotland

When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham [...]
 
100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela September 6, 2014 16:44

100 years of playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

“Would I find La Maga? Most of the time it was just a case of my putting in an appearance, going along the Rue [...]
 
Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna August 31, 2014 23:07

Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting [...]
 
 
Regeneration as degeneration August 31, 2014 23:02

Regeneration as degeneration

During the Edinburgh Fringe, we stayed in a delightful apartment in Leith. Leith is the old port-town of Edinburgh.   Steve Latham   It [...]
 
What is peace? August 24, 2014 00:03

What is peace?

A white cow is not a white dove, says Eduardo Embry, a Chilean poet based in the UK. A gracing pristine cow is heavy, [...]
 
Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other? August 24, 2014 00:01

Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define [...]
 
 
 

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