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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Living in Fractured Times

    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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  • Culture, Listings, Screen A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    Films and concerts from Latin America will be in the multicultural city of London from 9th of September to 9th of October.   In this month devoted to cinema and music, there will be film screenings, as part of the “Bolíwood” Festival (as in Bolivar, not Bollywood) and concerts, all with Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus An Englishman for Scotland

    An Englishman for Scotland

    When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham   Suprisingly, most of the acts, stand-up comedians included, fought shy of the question. This does not seem to have been due to any self-censorship. Instead, the...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Screen Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    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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  • Culture, Pages Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    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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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages 100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    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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  • Culture, Screen Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    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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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Regeneration as degeneration

    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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  • Culture, Visual Arts A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    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?

    Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define ‘GM’? If we limit the definition to a laboratory, deliberately excluding the social context, then we are unlikely to make a connection...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus “F” is for Fringe

    “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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  • 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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