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A source of support for Spanish immigrants August 24, 2014 17:59

A source of support for Spanish immigrants

A small but dedicated group offers an online service that provides employment advice to nationals of the Iberian Peninsula, who come to London to [...]
 
London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year August 23, 2014 23:57

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 [...]
 
The reality of unemployment and immigration in the UK August 23, 2014 21:41

The reality of unemployment and immigration in the UK

85% of Latin Americans who are given the opportunity to work in the UK have a job, although the majority are in manual labour [...]
 
 
At the foot of Piccadilly Circus August 17, 2014 23:43

At the foot of Piccadilly Circus

The modern buildings, the shops with dazzling window displays and the electronic advertising screens make it difficult to believe that the famous square was [...]
 
“Nuclear slaves” in Fukushima August 9, 2014 20:50

“Nuclear slaves” in Fukushima

Covered from head to toe in anti-radiation suits, hundreds of workers struggle to clean and repair the reactors in suffocating heat, day after day. [...]
 
Virgin must be stopped to save the NHS! August 9, 2014 13:50

Virgin must be stopped to save the NHS!

Lobby groups are taking measures to put the pressure on and raise the alarm to stop the private company Virgin group from interfering with [...]
 
 
“You only see the worst things about us in the Mass Media” July 27, 2014 19:58

“You only see the worst things about us in the Mass Media”

Says Tommy Tomescu. Romanians and Bulgarians are increasingly suffering violent, racist attacks and discrimination in a society that is viewing them as third-class Europeans. [...]
 
Racist victimization in schools in the United Kingdom July 27, 2014 18:56

Racist victimization in schools in the United Kingdom

“They call me a terrorist because I’m a Muslim. I’ve lost my temper a couple of times, which frustrates me because I end up [...]
 
Bisexuality up for discussion July 27, 2014 00:03

Bisexuality up for discussion

Bi Con 2014 will take place next weekend, starting on July 31st, dealing with the topic of bisexuality.   The meeting will be held [...]
 
 
African rhythms and culture: a day for all the family July 27, 2014 00:02

African rhythms and culture: a day for all the family

On the 3rd of August Family Day will take place in Brixton Library, South London, open to all.   The event has three main [...]
 
Black history month July 21, 2014 13:23

Black history month

A celebration will be held on the 11th of October in Sydenham (London) with an event  to commemorate the slaves who suffered and fought [...]
 
The rainbow festival visits Norwich July 21, 2014 00:03

The rainbow festival visits Norwich

On Saturday the 26th July the 6th Gay Pride Festival will be celebrated in this English city, along with many activities in different British [...]
 
 
They want to remove the squatters from 238 Gray’s Inn Road! July 21, 2014 00:00

They want to remove the squatters from 238 Gray’s Inn Road!

Squatters living at 238 Gray’s Inn Road, Camden Town, will be evicted by the Council on Friday the 27th of July.   Virginia Moreno [...]
 
Pragna Patel: “There is more racism & pressure to silence” July 13, 2014 01:08

Pragna Patel: “There is more racism & pressure to silence”

 The activist in favour of women’s rights witnesses at her daily work how the religious pressure on ethnic minorities is increasing, exacerbating the situation [...]
 
Latinos, discriminated against because of their skin colour July 12, 2014 20:44

Latinos, discriminated against because of their skin colour

Says Tatiana Garavito. In their attempt to escape from poverty in Latin America, immigrants are constantly falling into the traps of the economic system: [...]
 
 
 

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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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  • 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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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