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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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    Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

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    An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

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    NY – 9/11 Memorial

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    Mexico-UK, dual year

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London is dying

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    Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    When I was starting to think of how to take a book, the enormous head of the watching beast turned to me from eternity, roaring. For the Cuban journalist Miriam Rodríguez Betancourt, winner of the José Martí National Journalism Award.   Ernest Hemingway Armando Orozco Tovar   Gabriel ‘Gabo’...

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    I went to see Bo Ningen and Savages perform their sonic poem, “Word for the Blind”. An event organised by the Barbican at the Oval Space in East London.   Steve Latham   To use the old cliché: ‘It blew me away’. The piece had been developed by the two bands, using Dadaist poetry as...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Killing kids

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    Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in so-called civilised Europe. We are killing kids.   Steve Latham   Strictly speaking the law, passed in February, may not be euthanasia,...

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    The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

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