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No more hatred for multiculturalism February 19, 2015 04:23

No more hatred for multiculturalism

    On 21st March an event will take place in Trafalgar Square celebrating diversity and rejecting the use of immigrants as scapegoats.   The [...]
 
Latin Americans in London: We are not invisible! February 16, 2015 01:11

Latin Americans in London: We are not invisible!

The Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK (CLAUK) and Islington Council are celebrating the contribution of Latin Americans in the London district.   [...]
 
USA vs. terrorism: Truly defeating fundamentalism? February 15, 2015 20:45

USA vs. terrorism: Truly defeating fundamentalism?

The aim of the US and its NATO allies and Japan (finally realised in the last two decades) was to place the government exclusively [...]
 
 
Salvadoran Childhood: gangs, murder and school drop-outs February 15, 2015 19:57

Salvadoran Childhood: gangs, murder and school drop-outs

The country is going through a very difficult time; with poverty forcing young people to become involved in activities that are counterproductive to their [...]
 
Terror & democracy in Islam February 15, 2015 18:49

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 [...]
 
Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one? February 7, 2015 21:48

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 [...]
 
 
No decrease in either poverty or luxury in Colombia February 7, 2015 21:48

No decrease in either poverty or luxury in Colombia

Twenty million citizens live in either decent or luxury conditions in the Andean nation. The other half (or more) of the population aretrapped by [...]
 
Against fascism and xenophobia February 7, 2015 18:28

Against fascism and xenophobia

The presence of far-right parties in the European Parliament as well as in other national parliaments is growing. With this presence comes racism. Unite [...]
 
Latin athletes become legends in the UK February 7, 2015 18:08

Latin athletes become legends in the UK

In spite of anti-immigrant law being reinforced in Great Britain, foreign athletes have delivered unforgettable performances to their audiences. This is an important way [...]
 
 
Islamophobia and the war on terror February 2, 2015 22:01

Islamophobia and the war on terror

The recent attacks in Paris have highlighted the rise of Islamophobia in the UK and Europe. The Muslim community is being stigmatized. The matter [...]
 
2015: the year to save the Earth February 2, 2015 17:23

2015: the year to save the Earth

This Thursday, February 5th, a public meeting climate change will take place in Oxford before the national march scheduled for next month.   Under [...]
 
There must be solidarity with Venezuela February 1, 2015 02:35

There must be solidarity with Venezuela

 On the 4th of February, the Marx Memorial Library will host an event in solidarity with Venezuela, against the United States intervention in Latin [...]
 
 
We all have the right to decent housing January 26, 2015 18:17

We all have the right to decent housing

Next Saturday, the 31st of January, the March for Homes takes place outside Boris Johnson’s office, in protest against the property crisis that has [...]
 
China is ageing but lacks children January 25, 2015 22:53

China is ageing but lacks children

This powerful nation appears to be heading towards a serious problem due to the ageing trend of its population and its one-child only policy [...]
 
The scandalous corruption in Panama under Martinelli (II) January 25, 2015 22:16

The scandalous corruption in Panama under Martinelli (II)

A while after he left his post as president, shocking figures were released revealing the scale of the corruption. There are dozens implicated and [...]
 
 
 

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  • Comments, In Focus Power, for whom?

    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 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”

      Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “They have robbed us of everything, but they will not take away our ability to laugh”   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...

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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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  • Comments, In Focus Faces and traces

    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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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Terror & democracy in Islam

    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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Parallel London

    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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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    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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  • Culture, Visual Arts Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    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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  • Culture, Music “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    “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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  • Comments, In Focus And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    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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  • Culture, Pages, Visual Arts Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    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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  • Comments, In Focus Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus 20,000 days on Earth

    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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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages In defence of youthful expression

    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 is no match for the experience of being personally committed to a cause?   Armando Orozco Tovar   The older generation of...

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  • Culture, Europe, Globe, On Stage An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    The enunciation of the words is an oral expression, which also exists in sexual relations. But very often the man seems to be the one with the power to speak, here it is the women.   Entrevista: Graham Douglas Potos: Alipio Padilha   The Animatografo is discreetly placed in a very central position...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    Until the 20th of January, the cultural centre, Rich Mix will be hosting the exhibition Stories of El Salvador (Historias de El Salvador). This exhibition tells of the primary role that the women of El Salvador have played during the Central American country’s recent history.   Defying the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus NY – 9/11 Memorial

    NY – 9/11 Memorial

    During our recent trip to New York, my wife and I thought it was only respectful to visit the 9/11 memorial.   Photo by Gabri Micha – Flickr.com Steve Latham   It didn’t feature high on our initial list of priorities for site-seeing. But so many people were insistent that we needed...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America, United Kingdom Mexico-UK, dual year

    Mexico-UK, dual year

    2015 is Mexico-UK Dual Year, a year in which the governments of both countries decided to celebrate each other, and to promote business, cooperation and bilateral relationships. Can we be a part of it?   Mabel Encinas   The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico was the straw...

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