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No one can reveal a myth if they don’t carry it inside them April 20, 2015 18:27

No one can reveal a myth if they don’t carry it inside them

‘Mitecans’, inhabitants of the south-eastern town of Asunción Mita, are very helpful, happy and are pleased to tell anecdotes that seem to have come [...]
 
The dangerous route from  Iran to Europe: Jamal’story April 18, 2015 21:00

The dangerous route from Iran to Europe: Jamal’story

I was walking on the street without any reason and some guys shouted at me: “Hey, Afghan, why do you have a red jacket?” [...]
 
From war-torn Afghanistan to  prejudice in Iran: Jamal April 6, 2015 02:50

From war-torn Afghanistan to prejudice in Iran: Jamal

When his family decided to move to Iran he was just a four year old and his only wish was to escape from the [...]
 
 
Children: victims & witnesses  of the suffering in Ukraine March 29, 2015 23:33

Children: victims & witnesses of the suffering in Ukraine

They can no longer sleep soundly, as they did in ousted president Víktor Yanukóvich’s era. Now, they live with the constant threat of bombs [...]
 
A world with no jobs March 17, 2015 02:21

A world with no jobs

The world is in need of 280 million new jobs by 2020. However, creating this number of new jobs constitutes a real problem: added [...]
 
Ripping the clothes from Lady Justice… around the globe March 17, 2015 02:13

Ripping the clothes from Lady Justice… around the globe

There are important variations between countries, both in the abuses perpetrated and the existence of organisations campaigning against it. The US has enshrined protection [...]
 
 
Bushmen and Masai – survivors of religions, governments and drought March 8, 2015 00:26

Bushmen and Masai – survivors of religions, governments and drought

Christian missionaries have been unsuccessful in changing the beliefs and customs of these two African ethnic groups who, although from different origins and opposing [...]
 
Attack on Venezuela  … Playing with fire February 28, 2015 22:29

Attack on Venezuela … Playing with fire

Although Latin America and the Caribbean are not primary targets for US global strategy, they do however form an important part of it. Ongoing [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
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 [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
Political crime and terrorism as security devices January 12, 2015 22:08

Political crime and terrorism as security devices

Viewed either as two concepts, or as tools of state power, they are nothing more than two sides of the same coin, aimed at [...]
 
An ultra-violent machine to impose radical Islam: ISIS January 12, 2015 22:08

An ultra-violent machine to impose radical Islam: ISIS

Behind the explosion of ISIS terror attacks in Syria and Iraq is a well-designed machine. One that’s been built over the years, with one [...]
 
Syria, “Our terrible country” and our disappointment with the West November 30, 2014 03:41

Syria, “Our terrible country” and our disappointment with the West

The well-known Syrian writer and intellectual Yassin Haj Saleh left his home in Douma, met up with two film-maker friends in Raqqa, and all [...]
 
 
 

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Facing forward and keeping eye contact

    Facing forward and keeping eye contact

    At the London Book Fair 2015, where Mexico featured central stage, I could look in the eye, again, some of the realities of my country of origin: official discourses, some usually unheard voices, the current struggles, including Ayotzinapa (where 43 student teachers forcibly disappeared) and some links...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Human rights and history

    Human rights and history

    Larry Seidentop has written a book, “Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism”, where he argues that our tradition of individualism and human rights stems from Christianity.   Photo by Jeremy Schultz – flickr.com/photos/tao_zhyn/2767099314/ Steve Latham   As an academic...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye The better angels of our nature?

    The better angels of our nature?

    Is violence decreasing worldwide? This is the question addressed by Steven Pinker (professor of psychology, Harvard), to which he answers a resounding, albeit qualified, 800 page ‘Yes!’   Nigel Pocock   For hundreds of years violence has been dropping, even if there are huge spikes in...

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  • Culture, Screen Franco Lolli and his “Gente de bien”

    Franco Lolli and his “Gente de bien”

    This is his first feature and it is premiering in the UK. The picture participated in the Cannes Film Festival and is part of an emerging wave of Colombian film.     Virginia Moreno Molina   The story has managed to draw attention to Latin America and, more specifically, to Colombia. It is...

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  • Comments, In Focus The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar!

    The US is coming for the homeland of Bolivar!

    Let’s begin by saying that the US is not coming only for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, they are coming for the whole land. For the entire continent. This is its visible need to recover what it considers itself to be losing. It is to secure the territory in order to protect its political, economic...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Inherent vice

    Inherent vice

    Based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name   a film noir set at the tail-end of the 1960s counterculture, as drugs replace booze as the drug of choice.   Steve Latham*   In this dissection of the Californian hippy fantasy Joaquin Phoenix plays the central character Doc Sportello,...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Mining and Misery: two similar words

    Mining and Misery: two similar words

    “Music of the geography of our beautiful country, Colombia” is a phrase that is broadcast daily by a classical station in Bogota, announcing one of its musical programmes. What the producers don’t know, or don’t say, is that this beautiful country with its geography is on the brink of disappearing....

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, Screen, United Kingdom Sons of Cuba

    Sons of Cuba

     This documentary follows the lives of three Cuban boys at the Havana boxing academy as they undergo a tough training regime in the hope of winning the under-12’s national boxing championship. The film is showing on the 18th April in London.   Ever since the revolution in 1959 sport has been seen...

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  • Comments, In Focus Dialogue in representative democracy

    Dialogue in representative democracy

    An acquaintance from my neighbourhood had had a recent operation, when my partner found her in the local shop. Everything had gone well while in the hospital, our neighbour asserted, even the fact that she “shared a room with a white woman”.        Mabel Encinas   My partner was shocked...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Black irony

    Black irony

    The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton are based in the renovated historic Raleigh House. Opened in 2014, the Archives are an important centre for African and Caribbean pride and self-identity.   Steve Latham   An assertion of worth in the face of a hostile host culture, the holdings include vast...

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  • Comments, In Focus The bull that became a civil servant

    The bull that became a civil servant

    Based on a story that I have been hearing these days, of the unfulfillment and absence of some civil servants before their commitment to the community.   Photo by Davide Baraldi – fotocommunity.it/pc/pc/display/22800761 John Elvis Vera S.   Once upon a time, in an isolated village, a...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture Elections: ¿Forging the Latino  vote in the United Kingdom?

    Elections: ¿Forging the Latino vote in the United Kingdom?

    The contribution of Latin immigrants will not be complete without their participation and adequate representation within the British political system.   Claudio Chipana *   The UK general election, scheduled for May 7th, 2015, is fast approaching. Political parties are currently honing their...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, Multiculture, Our People, Pages, United Kingdom Mexico, the lead at the London Book Fair

    Mexico, the lead at the London Book Fair

    On the occasion of the Dual Year between the Latin American country and the United Kingdom, Mexican cultural representatives will visit the capital of Great Britain.   At the beginning of the year, the cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK began. The year 2015 has been named “The year of...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Interstellar: saving the Earth

    Interstellar: saving the Earth

    A real sci-fi blockbuster, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a delight to the eyes and ears.   Steve Latham   The cinematography and the special effects are outstanding and awesome. They really take you to a far-off place outside the known universe. The...

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  • Comments, In Focus McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela

    McCarthy’s shadow over Venezuela

    The hours are counted, the minutes are counted, and we must not allow this crime against humanity to be carried out. – Pablo Picasso.   Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Armando Orozco Tovar   The USAmerican Jewish couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of spying for the USSR, and sentenced...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Music Mexico pays tribute to Morrissey

    Mexico pays tribute to Morrissey

    Mexrrissey is a new band inspired by the songs of the ex-vocalist of The Smiths. They will be touring England between the 25th of April and the 1st of May.   The group of Mexican musicians is led by Camilo Lara from the Instituto Mexicano del Sonido and Sergio Mendoza, from Orkesta Mendoza/Calexico....

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom “Wild Tales”: dark humour and social frustration

    “Wild Tales”: dark humour and social frustration

    Directed by Damián Szifrón, this film tells six independent stories set in Latin America, all with converging plots, fun and violence.   Juanjo Andrés Cuervo   Recently released in the UK, this Argentine cinematic production shows how characters are incapable of controlling their impulses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Listings, Screen, Struggles, Workers The war against democracy

    The war against democracy

    This is the title of a documentary directed by Australian reporter, John Pilger, that exposes the long history of interventionism by the United States in Latin American countries. The majority of the subject matter revolves around the failed coup d’etat in 2002 against President Hugo Chavez. The film...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, On Stage Circolombia returns to London

    Circolombia returns to London

    Following the success of their 2011 show ‘Urban’, the Colombian circus company returns to the UK from the 14th April to 3rd May for their new show ‘Acelere’.   With fourteen of the country’s most prominent circus performers, the new show draws is inspired by Colombia’s rich diversity of...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London on speed

    London on speed

    The drug-related language – London ‘on speed’, the ‘rush’ of city life – is deliberate. Like an addiction, the speeded-up, souped-up urban lifestyle sweeps us along in a hectic race.   Steve Latham   James Gleick wrote his book, “Faster”, on the topic; and French...

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