Europe

Radical nun Teresa Forcades: “People cannot be second place and money placed first” August 3, 2014 12:30

Radical nun Teresa Forcades: “People cannot be second place and money placed first”

She has stunned atheists and put Christians on the warpath with her statements that have always raised more than a few eyebrows. As a [...]
 
Against a xenophobic, racist and Islamophobic Europe June 1, 2014 00:01

Against a xenophobic, racist and Islamophobic Europe

On the 14th of June there will be a meeting that will focus on speaking out against political movements who are gaining ground in [...]
 
Spain and its universal justice purpose May 17, 2014 22:34

Spain and its universal justice purpose

The Spanish parliament approved last February the modification of the Organic Law of Judicial Power by which they are limtiing what is called universal [...]
 
 
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 [...]
 
Europe: divided by legal prostitution April 27, 2014 00:02

Europe: divided by legal prostitution

Europe is one of the sex trade’s biggest clients, with revenues reaching 2.5 billion Euros per year.  Spain is Europe’s leading consumer.  The industry [...]
 
Facts and lies about abortion in Europe March 16, 2014 04:02

Facts and lies about abortion in Europe

 “Women who go through abortion can face infertility, increasing chances of breast cancer or even becoming a child abuser”.    Nuria Riutord Lleonart   [...]
 
 
French festival to celebrate editorial cartoons March 15, 2014 23:52

French festival to celebrate editorial cartoons

On the 5th and 6th of April, lovers of editorial cartoons from all over the globe will meet in France for an event filled [...]
 
Corruption tours: revealing the dark side of Valencia March 2, 2014 17:42

Corruption tours: revealing the dark side of Valencia

The newspaper group Xarxa Urbana has spent two years bringing the darkest side of Valencia to light, inviting residents to discover the holes through [...]
 
Spanish migrants in the UK: abandoned by their country February 23, 2014 00:01

Spanish migrants in the UK: abandoned by their country

Thousands of young people have upped and left Spain in search of a better future since the start of the economic crisis.  Luck doesn’t [...]
 
 
The life of Walter Starkie February 16, 2014 00:02

The life of Walter Starkie

This February 20th, London has an appointment with one of the most important figures of 20th century Spain, recalling the biography of a man [...]
 
The scandals of R.T. Erdogan January 19, 2014 10:37

The scandals of R.T. Erdogan

Details of how a complex web of bribes was woven in exchange for favours from politicians, officials or their children for illegal housing developments [...]
 
Abortion in Spain: Law and ideology January 13, 2014 06:55

Abortion in Spain: Law and ideology

Just when it seemed to be a controversy of the past, abortion has returned to the debate with a bill which restricts the termination [...]
 
 
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 [...]
 
Chilean festival in East London August 25, 2013 00:01

Chilean festival in East London

      On the 21st of  September, Praxis Community Projects are putting on a multicultural festival to bring the city’s Chilean community together. [...]
 
Induced obsolescence or the tyranny of fashion July 21, 2013 21:58

Induced obsolescence or the tyranny of fashion

Reinvent yourself or die…  Trends which become increasingly short-lived and low prices have encouraged the appearance of “fast” products. The compulsive consumption and expiration [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Pages, Trade Unions, Workers ‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

    ‘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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Are we decadent?

    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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  • Culture, Screen Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    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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  • Culture, Screen Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    He directed  “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”, a documentary which recently premiered in the UK and recounts the dangers faced by immigrants travelling from Mexico to the United States through the so-called “death row”.     Marc Silver  Juanjo Andrés Cuervo   Thousands of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    There is a photograph of this graffito beside an Israeli army checkpoint; it seems to sum up the Gaza situation: electronic eavesdropping, media manipulation and high tech shock and awe to wipe the Palestinians off the map.   Graham Douglas   In 4 weeks 1,800 Palestinians including about 400 children...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus A requiem for Gaza

    A requiem for Gaza

    The killing of Palestine’s civilian population, including women and children, is unjustifiable. The people of Palestine can only choose between freedom and death.   Claudio Chipana                    How can a country justify the destruction and subjugation of another population...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine and our daughters and sons

    Palestine and our daughters and sons

    I wonder what effects the facts in Palestina have on our lives. The Gaza Strip is more than 3500 kilometres away from London (and over 12000 kilometres away from the Latin American region, where I am from), and still, the shocking facts cannot be ignored.   Mabel Encinas   Palestinian people...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    The genocide committed against Palestine is reminiscent of the Napoleonic phrase: “God is on the side with the best artillery.” It hits/ your whip is daring/  it teaches us to be stubborn/ and of the contempt of the threats/ our destiny is transformed in/ resistance… (Palestinian poetry).   Armando...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Listings, Screen Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    On 29th July, the East London Venezuela Solidarity Campaign will be screening a short film entitled “Chávez”, in partnership with the coordinator of the movement.   Luis Castro’s documentary charts the transformation that Venezuela has undergone since Chávez was first elected to the presidency...

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  • Culture, Music The story of how Lennon’s  strawberry fields came to be

    The story of how Lennon’s strawberry fields came to be

     The fact that John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Almeria has been referred to before in historical accounts about the Beatles but the artist’s Spanish involvement went beyond this and  included some abortive projects such as the film that never was with bullfighter ‘El Cordobes’(the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Money rules

    Money rules

    Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham   F. S. Michaels’ book, “Monoculture. How one story is changing everything”, analyses the deep structure of our culture’s infatuation with wealth. It...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The documentary film ‘Who is Dayani Cristal’ will premiere in British cinemas on July 25th, the story of a migrant whose body was found in this deadly area of desert.   The film is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and is based on real events. The film shows the arduous...

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  • Culture, Listings, Pages Don Quijote rides into London

    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.   By Virginia Moreno Molina   The Little Soldiers company made its debut in London in 2010 with a piece entitled Pakita: Stimulating, Bitter, and Necessary....

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  • Culture, Screen “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    Huge changes have taken place in both Cuba and Angola especially since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. In both countries the sudden loss of Soviet support led to a crisis, and an increase in migration, out of Cuba and into Angola.   Director Ever Miranda Palacio Graham Douglas   Ever Miranda...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Praise to forgetfulness

    Praise to forgetfulness

    Fanatical fans are from everywhere not only here in this country of crazy, violent, passionate people… without passion, they want to see themselves reflected in the heroic ball-playing characters, but the next day they still don’t agree on anything.   Armando Orozco Tovar   Forgetfullness...

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  • Culture, Pages, Screen A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    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 take part in an open debate on various subjects.   Tony Phillips, author of “Europe on the Brink: debt, crisis and dissent in the European periphery”, will...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Playing with dragons

    Playing with dragons

    How do we fill that vast expanse of empty time during the post-university phase of early adult life, before working out what to do with the rest of our lives?   Steve Latham   We drift through endless days, unsure of our purpose, attempting to fill the hours with something, anything, while we cogitate...

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  • Comments, In Focus The tower of bats

    The tower of bats

    “We start to talk of food/ when we replace/ water with the essence of blood”. Fabio Arias.   Armando Orozco Tovar   It was during the years when thousands of members of Colombia’s left-wing “Unión Patriótica” party were assassinated throughout the country. At the height of this...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    The carnivals of Rio, Salvador and Recife are different, but the opportunity to make money is homogenising them. Photographer Fred Jordao from Recife decided he was more interested in the popular festivals put on by the poorest people in the outer areas of the city, with no patronage or financial support. Carnaval...

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