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My little bullet train September 8, 2013 00:00

My little bullet train

What a beautiful little insect in metal and chrome my father gave me ! It had curved beetle antlers in chrome, a narrow waist [...]
 
London 2012: fast track to prosperity? August 12, 2012 00:30

London 2012: fast track to prosperity?

There is one aspect of our civilisation that has often proven to be the stimuli of controversy when mixed with sport: politics. _ Ben [...]
 
Online Communication’s bill:  safety measure or espionage? July 8, 2012 02:03

Online Communication’s bill: safety measure or espionage?

Parliament has proposed a controversial bill that will potentially give them access to details of the public’s internet activity without needing a warrant. _ [...]
 
 
Correa with Assange: from  Wikileaks to Ecuador June 24, 2012 23:53

Correa with Assange: from Wikileaks to Ecuador

The step has been taken. Each of them knows what they are facing and what is at stake. And it is a step that [...]
 
49 Years Later… The Last Word from Poet Javier Heraud June 4, 2012 05:51

49 Years Later… The Last Word from Poet Javier Heraud

Finally, after 49 years, I have been able to see Javier Heraud for myself: in two photographs featured in an online article, the first [...]
 
Assange lost his appeal: The truth is not for us to know May 30, 2012 15:53

Assange lost his appeal: The truth is not for us to know

Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden. Why should we be surprised? We knew it was coming… Mónica del Pilar Uribe [...]
 
 
Before it’s too late: action on media ownership March 4, 2012 23:55

Before it’s too late: action on media ownership

The media in the UK are under intense public scrutiny. In July 2010 news broke that journalists on the Murdoch owned News of the [...]
 
Brazil: the country of the future? February 20, 2012 01:55

Brazil: the country of the future?

Seventy years ago, Austrian writer Stefan Zweig described his adopted homeland Brazil as “the country of the future”, and said it was “destined undoubtedly [...]
 
The Wikileaks saga (III):  Ecuador and the ‘leaks’ January 30, 2012 02:52

The Wikileaks saga (III): Ecuador and the ‘leaks’

We present the third and final part of this series concerning one of the most important phenomena of recent times, and which clearly shows [...]
 
 
American Decline (II): Causes and consequences September 18, 2011 21:53

American Decline (II): Causes and consequences

The eminent American philosopher John Dewey once described politics as “the shadow cast on society by big business,” warning that “attenuation of the shadow [...]
 
Ollanta Humala, foreign policy in the southern routes July 3, 2011 14:37

Ollanta Humala, foreign policy in the southern routes

The new Peruvian government will be sworn in on the 28th of July.  Contrary to what common belief could lead us into think about [...]
 
A story, fallen from the sky April 18, 2011 03:04

A story, fallen from the sky

They come from the air… “This flight is to Cuba, buddy…”- Daniel Chavarría   The diversion of a flight from Columbia to Cuba the [...]
 
 
Evo’s Bolivia: Ethnic Identity and Development February 20, 2011 20:15

Evo’s Bolivia: Ethnic Identity and Development

Evo Morales Ayma celebrates this, his sixth year, as leader of Bolivia.  This in itself is an achievement for a Latin American country that [...]
 
Israel, a fallen state January 20, 2011 18:58

Israel, a fallen state

The piracy incident in international waters one year ago which resulted in deaths caused by Israel has various interpretations, none of which prove positive [...]
 
Humala, an alternative option for Peru? January 17, 2011 01:30

Humala, an alternative option for Peru?

The electoral battle has begun and the electoral systems have begun the process of enrolment in front of the electoral panel. This powerful shift [...]
 
 
 

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    The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

    The Theatre for Identity “Teatro x la Identidad”, a movement that for 15 years has seen actors, directors and people from the theatrical world bring the message of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the stage, returning to The Calder Bookshop and Theatre, this time with the stage play “The...

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  • Comments, In Focus Women!

    Women!

    People say sometimes the first thing that comes to their minds (we all do, I guess; however, some of us try to avoid it or at least to rectify when we get it wrong).   Mabel Encinas   Saying things like ‘excessive traffic is migrants’ fault’, ‘English people have also the right to...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus What does UKIP mean?

    What does UKIP mean?

    Last year’s Rochester and Strood by-election victory for the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, Mark Reckless, was a game-changer for British politics.   Steve Latham   It came hard on the heels of UKIP’s Clacton win by Douglas Carswell; both new MPs standing for seats they had previously...

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    The illustrators of life

    “There is too much blood; too much violence”,  Albert Camus.  I had thought that I would start the year with good memories and nostalgia. However, the Charlie Hebdo massacre has brought back memories of when, in the late 80s, Castaño’s paramilitaries shot down ‘JUCO’ militants –...

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    Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    She has worked on projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, although her work is based mainly around Latin America, the region in which she grew up.   Juanjo Andres Cuervo Photos by Angelika Berndt    She first started in photography by helping the non-government organisation Anti Slavery International...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Writing, says Lispector, is not knowing what’s coming next. To find out, we throw another word out, as bait: which words will take the bait, if indeed any? Or will nothing follow but a void?   Carlos Skliar*   If it’s true that the world started with a yes, wrote Lispector, if it’s true...

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    Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after performing a dance.    Wilfredo Alayón   At the conductor’s signal, an orchestra that had regaled those at the soirée on 1st January began to play...

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    Power, for whom?

    I met Isidoro Morantes on that 2nd day of January, at the age of 84. People say on that day his age was not noticeable like other times. In spite of his vitality making you forget for moments his advanced years, he was an old man.   Armando Orozco Tovar   That night Isidoro seemed younger asking for...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Birdman flies

    Birdman flies

    As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound to identify with – she, of course, meant me.   Steve Latham   The movie is centred on the emotions of a man in the midst of his mid-life crisis, wondering whether his life...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture The great battle announced by women

    The great battle announced by women

    Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of a Standard Bearer”, by the 19th Century writer and painter José María Espinosa, and published in the 71 volumen15 by the Banco Popular.   Armando Orozco Tovar   They...

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  • Culture, Screen Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    The Catalonian director took a gamble on a documentary about the true-life story and difficulties of the life of a famous gay HIV-positive museum curator.   Virginia Moreno Molina   The idea of the documentary “Ignasi M” emerged by chance while Ventura Pons was trying to picture a “silly”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Greeks bearing gifts

    Greeks bearing gifts

    As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from their obligations under the debt rescue plan.   Steve Latham   This is the second act of the drama unfolding after the election victory of Syriza,...

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    Faces and traces

    Faces are part of the individual and collective imaginations. They are invented. This is especially so of those belonging to characters who have made a strong impression on others.   Rostros y rastros – Rostros Borrados by Juana la Loca flickr.com/photos/74049931@N07/6839899278/ Armando Orozco...

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    Terror & democracy in Islam

    The key issue is the development of moderate political Islam. Violent repression of Islamic movements only removes the possibilities for integration of the deeply rooted religion into the political processes in those countries which were in the hands of westernised elites during the colonial period,...

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    Parallel London

    Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival gangs.   Steve Latham   Instead of the black-on-white violence which characterised the 1990s, this was a fight between two Asian gangs. In parts of London, the chequerboard of...

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    Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    In the current hysteria about jihadi attacks in Europe, a sober analysis is important, to assess the real risks we face while also understanding their sources. What are the deeper psychological and social motives of volunteer jihadis? What part does the Islamic theory of war play, and what happened to...

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    Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    “There is an aesthetic precariousness, poverty, and neglect in the open desolation where the dead have neither surnames nor temples.”   Reina Magdariaga Lardue   The Colombian artists Bibiana Vélez and Cristo Hoyos express in their art a reflection of the consequences of the armed...

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    “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of the most successful songs of their careers.   Cecilia Todd, photo from corriente-alterna.net Martha Sánchez   For them, 2015 began in Havana...

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    And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    The “work sets you free” sign remains at the entrance of the Nazi hell… The camp´s prisoners endured cruel forced labour on top of the intense cold, all types of hunger, torture, a variety of illnesses, and their bodies were subject to physical and chemical experimentation.   Armando Orozco...

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    Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Photo from www.gritodemujer.com The Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional Inc. (MPI, International Female Poets Movement) in the Dominican Republic has already published the list of countries that have confirmed their involvement at the Grito de Mujer (The Cry of Women) International Poetry Festival...

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