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Words to remember Clarice Lispector February 28, 2015 19:49

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 [...]
 
Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries January 26, 2015 19:48

Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

The Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional Inc. (MPI, International Female Poets Movement) in the Dominican Republic has already published the list of countries that have [...]
 
In defence of youthful expression January 24, 2015 20:33

In defence of youthful expression

Every new generation is apathetic. How can they be otherwise, when the intellectual motivation that comes from books or the older generation’s half-forgotten memories [...]
 
 
Víctor Valera Mora, from the village to the world November 30, 2014 23:38

Víctor Valera Mora, from the village to the world

Recently recognised in Venezuela by the Víctor Valera Mora International Poetry Prize, the Argentine writer Leopoldo Castilla goes through life discovering the world and [...]
 
Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories September 6, 2014 16:45

Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

Eric Nepomuceno was a thirty-something Brazilian journalist with a budding career when he landed in Havana during the summer of 1978. Almost before he [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince August 23, 2014 17:39

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

Seventy years after his plane was tragically shot down, we are still no closer to knowing which of the Nazi Luftwaffe pilots – Horst [...]
 
‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right August 18, 2014 01:19

‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

“The Price of Experience: Writings on living with cancer” by Mike Marqusee demands an end to inequalities in health care and challenges the British [...]
 
Don Quijote rides into London July 20, 2014 01:58

Don Quijote rides into London

“The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote de la Mancha”, a new play directed and performed by the company Little Soldiers, opens on 23rd July.   [...]
 
 
A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books July 19, 2014 22:36

A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

This publishing house will inaugurate their first “Open House” event on the 17th of July. It will allow people to find new books and [...]
 
Gabo and Poetry May 4, 2014 00:02

Gabo and Poetry

…Then he told me he had recently journeyed across the Cienaga Grande marshlands and the Frio river…the boatmen told him that the butterflies had [...]
 
Remembering Garcia Marquez April 27, 2014 00:03

Remembering Garcia Marquez

His death  last filled the media and occupied commentators. The writer died on April 17th in Mexico City, at the age of 87, and [...]
 
 
Silvia Plath, poetry and bipolar disorder April 27, 2014 00:02

Silvia Plath, poetry and bipolar disorder

On the 30th of April the Colombian poetry collective “Poesía Independiente” will host an event that will not only showcase new poets, but will [...]
 
100 years of Cortázar, and a biography April 6, 2014 00:03

100 years of Cortázar, and a biography

On the occasion of this centenary, the intellectual´s widow has decided to publish a photographic biography with the help of the Catalonian journalist Carles [...]
 
England and the rest of the world celebrate 450 years of William Shakespeare March 16, 2014 16:59

England and the rest of the world celebrate 450 years of William Shakespeare

On 23rd April 2014, London and other cities around the globe will immerse themselves in the world of the British playwright with numerous events [...]
 
 
 

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    The gap between rich and poor has magnified in the last decades in the UK, and more generally in the whole world. The question is: should we mind the gap?     Mabel Encinas   In the UK, 1% of the population receives 14% of the national income. In the world the 80 richest own the same wealth...

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    20,000 days on Earth

    All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   Steve Latham   The movie purports to describe a single day in the life of Nick Cave, summing up the 20,000 days of his life. In practice the film...

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