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Facing forward and keeping eye contact April 26, 2015 19:10

Facing forward and keeping eye contact

At the London Book Fair 2015, where Mexico featured central stage, I could look in the eye, again, some of the realities of my [...]
 
Human rights and history April 26, 2015 16:54

Human rights and history

Larry Seidentop has written a book, “Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism”, where he argues that our tradition of individualism and human [...]
 
The better angels of our nature? April 22, 2015 11:38

The better angels of our nature?

Is violence decreasing worldwide? This is the question addressed by Steven Pinker (professor of psychology, Harvard), to which he answers a resounding, albeit qualified, [...]
 
 
The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar! April 18, 2015 19:43

The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar!

Let’s begin by saying that the US is not coming only for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, they are coming for the whole land. [...]
 
Inherent vice April 18, 2015 16:58

Inherent vice

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name   a film noir set at the tail-end of the 1960s counterculture, as drugs replace [...]
 
Mining and Misery: two similar words April 18, 2015 16:57

Mining and Misery: two similar words

“Music of the geography of our beautiful country, Colombia” is a phrase that is broadcast daily by a classical station in Bogota, announcing one [...]
 
 
Dialogue in representative democracy April 11, 2015 16:45

Dialogue in representative democracy

An acquaintance from my neighbourhood had had a recent operation, when my partner found her in the local shop. Everything had gone well while [...]
 
Black irony April 11, 2015 14:44

Black irony

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton are based in the renovated historic Raleigh House. Opened in 2014, the Archives are an important centre for [...]
 
The bull that became a civil servant April 7, 2015 03:10

The bull that became a civil servant

Based on a story that I have been hearing these days, of the unfulfillment and absence of some civil servants before their commitment to [...]
 
 
Elections: ¿Forging the Latino  vote in the United Kingdom? April 6, 2015 16:42

Elections: ¿Forging the Latino vote in the United Kingdom?

The contribution of Latin immigrants will not be complete without their participation and adequate representation within the British political system.   Claudio Chipana * [...]
 
Interstellar: saving the Earth April 6, 2015 03:16

Interstellar: saving the Earth

A real sci-fi blockbuster, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a delight to the eyes and ears.   Steve Latham [...]
 
McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela April 6, 2015 03:16

McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela

The hours are counted, the minutes are counted, and we must not allow this crime against humanity to be carried out. – Pablo Picasso. [...]
 
 
London on speed March 29, 2015 23:53

London on speed

The drug-related language – London ‘on speed’, the ‘rush’ of city life – is deliberate. Like an addiction, the speeded-up, souped-up urban lifestyle sweeps [...]
 
Carlos Arango: a true journalist March 29, 2015 23:51

Carlos Arango: a true journalist

Gran told me about my father’s childhood. She recalled how as a child, he took lunch to the workers on the Antioquia Railway.   [...]
 
Democracies March 16, 2015 00:37

Democracies

In principle, the term “democracy” implies that the people (demos) are in power (kratos) and thus, that they participate.   Mabel Encinas   However, [...]
 
 
 

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Facing forward and keeping eye contact

    Facing forward and keeping eye contact

    At the London Book Fair 2015, where Mexico featured central stage, I could look in the eye, again, some of the realities of my country of origin: official discourses, some usually unheard voices, the current struggles, including Ayotzinapa (where 43 student teachers forcibly disappeared) and some links...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Human rights and history

    Human rights and history

    Larry Seidentop has written a book, “Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism”, where he argues that our tradition of individualism and human rights stems from Christianity.   Photo by Jeremy Schultz – flickr.com/photos/tao_zhyn/2767099314/ Steve Latham   As an academic...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye The better angels of our nature?

    The better angels of our nature?

    Is violence decreasing worldwide? This is the question addressed by Steven Pinker (professor of psychology, Harvard), to which he answers a resounding, albeit qualified, 800 page ‘Yes!’   Nigel Pocock   For hundreds of years violence has been dropping, even if there are huge spikes in...

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  • Culture, Screen Franco Lolli and his “Gente de bien”

    Franco Lolli and his “Gente de bien”

    This is his first feature and it is premiering in the UK. The picture participated in the Cannes Film Festival and is part of an emerging wave of Colombian film.     Virginia Moreno Molina   The story has managed to draw attention to Latin America and, more specifically, to Colombia. It is...

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  • Comments, In Focus The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar!

    The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar!

    Let’s begin by saying that the US is not coming only for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, they are coming for the whole land. For the entire continent. This is its visible need to recover what it considers itself to be losing. It is to secure the territory in order to protect its political, economic...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Inherent vice

    Inherent vice

    Based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name   a film noir set at the tail-end of the 1960s counterculture, as drugs replace booze as the drug of choice.   Steve Latham*   In this dissection of the Californian hippy fantasy Joaquin Phoenix plays the central character Doc Sportello,...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Mining and Misery: two similar words

    Mining and Misery: two similar words

    “Music of the geography of our beautiful country, Colombia” is a phrase that is broadcast daily by a classical station in Bogota, announcing one of its musical programmes. What the producers don’t know, or don’t say, is that this beautiful country with its geography is on the brink of disappearing....

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, Screen, United Kingdom Sons of Cuba

    Sons of Cuba

     This documentary follows the lives of three Cuban boys at the Havana boxing academy as they undergo a tough training regime in the hope of winning the under-12’s national boxing championship. The film is showing on the 18th April in London.   Ever since the revolution in 1959 sport has been seen...

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  • Comments, In Focus Dialogue in representative democracy

    Dialogue in representative democracy

    An acquaintance from my neighbourhood had had a recent operation, when my partner found her in the local shop. Everything had gone well while in the hospital, our neighbour asserted, even the fact that she “shared a room with a white woman”.        Mabel Encinas   My partner was shocked...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Black irony

    Black irony

    The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton are based in the renovated historic Raleigh House. Opened in 2014, the Archives are an important centre for African and Caribbean pride and self-identity.   Steve Latham   An assertion of worth in the face of a hostile host culture, the holdings include vast...

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  • Comments, In Focus The bull that became a civil servant

    The bull that became a civil servant

    Based on a story that I have been hearing these days, of the unfulfillment and absence of some civil servants before their commitment to the community.   Photo by Davide Baraldi – fotocommunity.it/pc/pc/display/22800761 John Elvis Vera S.   Once upon a time, in an isolated village, a...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture Elections: ¿Forging the Latino  vote in the United Kingdom?

    Elections: ¿Forging the Latino vote in the United Kingdom?

    The contribution of Latin immigrants will not be complete without their participation and adequate representation within the British political system.   Claudio Chipana *   The UK general election, scheduled for May 7th, 2015, is fast approaching. Political parties are currently honing their...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, Multiculture, Our People, Pages, United Kingdom Mexico, the lead at the London Book Fair

    Mexico, the lead at the London Book Fair

    On the occasion of the Dual Year between the Latin American country and the United Kingdom, Mexican cultural representatives will visit the capital of Great Britain.   At the beginning of the year, the cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK began. The year 2015 has been named “The year of...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Interstellar: saving the Earth

    Interstellar: saving the Earth

    A real sci-fi blockbuster, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a delight to the eyes and ears.   Steve Latham   The cinematography and the special effects are outstanding and awesome. They really take you to a far-off place outside the known universe. The...

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  • Comments, In Focus McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela

    McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela

    The hours are counted, the minutes are counted, and we must not allow this crime against humanity to be carried out. – Pablo Picasso.   Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Armando Orozco Tovar   The USAmerican Jewish couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of spying for the USSR, and sentenced...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Music Mexico pays tribute to Morrissey

    Mexico pays tribute to Morrissey

    Mexrrissey is a new band inspired by the songs of the ex-vocalist of The Smiths. They will be touring England between the 25th of April and the 1st of May.   The group of Mexican musicians is led by Camilo Lara from the Instituto Mexicano del Sonido and Sergio Mendoza, from Orkesta Mendoza/Calexico....

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom “Wild Tales”: dark humour and social frustration

    “Wild Tales”: dark humour and social frustration

    Directed by Damián Szifrón, this film tells six independent stories set in Latin America, all with converging plots, fun and violence.   Juanjo Andrés Cuervo   Recently released in the UK, this Argentine cinematic production shows how characters are incapable of controlling their impulses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Listings, Screen, Struggles, Workers The war against democracy

    The war against democracy

    This is the title of a documentary directed by Australian reporter, John Pilger, that exposes the long history of interventionism by the United States in Latin American countries. The majority of the subject matter revolves around the failed coup d’etat in 2002 against President Hugo Chavez. The film...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, On Stage Circolombia returns to London

    Circolombia returns to London

    Following the success of their 2011 show ‘Urban’, the Colombian circus company returns to the UK from the 14th April to 3rd May for their new show ‘Acelere’.   With fourteen of the country’s most prominent circus performers, the new show draws is inspired by Colombia’s rich diversity of...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London on speed

    London on speed

    The drug-related language – London ‘on speed’, the ‘rush’ of city life – is deliberate. Like an addiction, the speeded-up, souped-up urban lifestyle sweeps us along in a hectic race.   Steve Latham   James Gleick wrote his book, “Faster”, on the topic; and French...

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