Economy

The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade June 28, 2014 20:00

The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade

The “World Wide Web” is thought of as the source of a revolutionary trend in the way that goods and services are traded over [...]
 
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Crisis & corruption April 27, 2014 14:50

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Crisis & corruption

Almost 30% of Spaniards believe that “they have more important things to do” than take an active part in the political life of their [...]
 
Responses to a Global Crisis April 27, 2014 00:03

Responses to a Global Crisis

Thursday the 1st of May will see three experts in human rights and the economy meet to find the best solution to our current [...]
 
 
Bitcoin: a currency of the future? February 9, 2014 02:43

Bitcoin: a currency of the future?

In a rapidly changing world, where computer technologies already dominate many sectors, it would not be strange to predict that global finance will die [...]
 
September 15, 2013 14:39

A Greek nightmare

    The economic crisis is Greece is hitting all workers indiscriminately, but immigrants are also suffering abuses and frauds by unscrupulous employers, which [...]
 
Multimillionaires, Media and power in the United States August 25, 2013 19:18

Multimillionaires, Media and power in the United States

  The acquisition of US newspaper “The Washington Post” by billionaire Jeff Bezos has heightened fears that the “Fourth Estate”, the press, is now [...]
 
 
Ana Irene Delgado: “Panama is the safest country in its region” August 25, 2013 00:03

Ana Irene Delgado: “Panama is the safest country in its region”

Born in Panama in 1982, today she is the Panamanian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland since 2012. Delgado talks to The [...]
 
Black market: sin, power & impunity July 6, 2013 21:41

Black market: sin, power & impunity

By competing with some of the most important global economies, these businesses now cover large areas with its cargo of sins, as is the case with illegal [...]
 
Latin America, a region for migrants July 6, 2013 18:03

Latin America, a region for migrants

The economic growth of the region has caused it to experience significant changes in its migratory flow. With intra regional migration on the rise [...]
 
 
The Spanish economic “crisis” and… Augusto Pinochet June 10, 2013 01:55

The Spanish economic “crisis” and… Augusto Pinochet

It is now six years since the current economic crisis first hit Spain, and a cloud of uncertainty was cast over the country. This [...]
 
The ’domino effect’ of the recession now hits Slovenia June 8, 2013 19:48

The ’domino effect’ of the recession now hits Slovenia

Since the recession broke out in Greece at the end of 2009, it is increasingly spreading throughout the Eurozone and is threatening to affect [...]
 
Paradise does not exist for the children of the USA June 2, 2013 03:56

Paradise does not exist for the children of the USA

Barack Obama’s administration heads an historic attack on public education with hundreds of schools having closed and hundreds of thousands of teachers losing their [...]
 
 
Famine: The immorality of food wastage in the world June 2, 2013 03:56

Famine: The immorality of food wastage in the world

In a year, 1,300 million tons of edible products end up in rubbish bins around the world. The wasted food in Europe alone could [...]
 
May 26, 2013 11:00

Colombian mining, a fruitless business

In 2009, Colombia lost more than half of its possible income from raw materials to large European transnational companies due to an unsustainable mining [...]
 
Lights and shadows of “Fair Trade” May 4, 2013 23:52

Lights and shadows of “Fair Trade”

More than 1.2 million farmers in 66 developing countries produce goods such as sugar, coffee and cotton to promote social justice in poor regions. [...]
 
 
 

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    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 Latham   The volume is panoramic in its scope: covering inter alia the role of arts festivals, the development of Jewish...

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    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

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    An Englishman for Scotland

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    Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    A symposium taking place on 12th September will analyse the form in which varieties of emotion, and personal and collective experiences, can be expressed visually, with particular reference to Mexico and the 20th and 21st centuries.   Under the title ‘Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican...

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    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 could brush off the dust from the road he attended a meeting that would be a turning point in his life.   Eric NepomucenoPhoto from orelhadolivro.com Francisco...

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    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 de Seine to the arch leading into la Quaid de Conti, and I would see her slender form against the olive ashen which floats along the river as she crossed back and forth on the Pont des Art,...

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    Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Between 1989 and 2008 he made a large number of short films influenced by European directors and European and North American writers. Now he feels it is time to develop his own voice more strongly.   Mariano Bartolomeu Graham Douglas   Like most Angolans his family has suffered from decades...

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    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 mining practices.   Claudio Chipana   The people of the Cajamarca region in northern Peru are rallying against multinational mining company Yanacocha’s ‘Conga’...

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    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 was a pleasant place to base ourselves in during the Festival, while we travelled in daily on the city bus service. It had become run-down and derelict, but...

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  • Comments, In Focus What is peace?

    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, and the meaning of peace is not to appease or to be appeased. By contrast, peace is not a given, but an ongoing process of understanding and doing together.   Mabel Encinas   Peace...

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    A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    This Hunterian museum, which unites anatomical and pathological specimens to be studied by undergraduate and postgraduate students, also houses Charles Byrne and Caroline Crachami.   Photo By StoneColdCrazy Edith Tacusi Oblitas   Irishman Charles Byrne was 2 metre and 48 centimetres tall when he died...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

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

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    “F” is for Fringe

    Photo by Kim Traynor Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, the F-word is ubiquitous.   Steve Latham   Maybe I am shocking because I am getting on in years, and it expresses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    The 10th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th of September to the 5th of October, bringing together Spanish and Catalan productions , comedy and cuisine.   Photo by London Spanish Film Festival London Spanish Film Festival is 10 years old this year, and to mark the occasion the...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Screen Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem

    (…) My wife has proposed a family suicide / both of us and our two daughters / when the mushroom cloud arrives (…) Affonso Romano de Sant´Anna.   Armando Orozco Tovar   We are surrounded by death, something that sounds like stating the obvious, a great truth. But what are we going to do...

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  • Culture, Pages Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    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 Rippert or Robert Heichele – ended the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.   Miguel Fernández Martínez   On the 31st of July 1944, at 8:45am, Saint-Exupéry...

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    ‘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 government’s ideology which blames people for their ill health. It makes us think about how this “winners” and “losers”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Revelation of “Boyhood”

    Revelation of “Boyhood”

    This is the latest film directed by Richard Linklater. Astonishingly, the movie was filmed over twelve years, taking thirty-nine days of shooting.   Richard LinklaterPhoto by Siebbi Steve Latham   Tracing the life of a young boy as he grows into a young man, the picture follows the central character’s...

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    Are we decadent?

    “Decadence” is usually a term used by right-wing people to castigate individuals and societies with whom they disagree, and whose lifestyle they disapprove of.   Photo from http://goo.gl/9HxW4f Steve Latham   The arts are frequently said to be in decline, embodied in paradoxical trends:...

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    Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    The journey of three teenagers riding “the Beast”, the train that leads to the desired future in the United States, is full of risks and is destroying innocence, hope and grand dreams, metre by metre.   Diego Quemada-Díez Noelia Ceballos Terrén   From his first steps behind a camera 20...

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