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The boom in the narcotics business over the Internet August 9, 2014 20:04

The boom in the narcotics business over the Internet

During the past four years, 250 new drugs have been found in Europe – a problem aggravated by the emergence of the Internet as [...]
 
The pleasure of drinking and staying sober July 26, 2014 22:25

The pleasure of drinking and staying sober

Alcohol consumption in Cuba and Latin America is linked to socio-cultural phenomena rather than purely commercial or hedonistic aspects.   Nicholas Valdés It is [...]
 
Reflections after the World Cup July 13, 2014 19:28

Reflections after the World Cup

Violence and a lack of respect during the World Cup was evidence of the absence of any plan to combat aggression, inequality and human [...]
 
 
The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade June 28, 2014 20:00

The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade

The “World Wide Web” is thought of as the source of a revolutionary trend in the way that goods and services are traded over [...]
 
Women: Someday priests or… Popes? June 28, 2014 20:00

Women: Someday priests or… Popes?

Febes, Persis, Priscilla, Tryphena, Mary, Eunice and Lois were some of the women who, according to scriptures, were the best allies of St Paul [...]
 
Talking about… other languages June 8, 2014 00:01

Talking about… other languages

On 14 June, NATECLA (the National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults) will hold a seminar about learning languages that are [...]
 
 
How and why the internet is under surveillance April 20, 2014 02:50

How and why the internet is under surveillance

On the 24th of April, via an online video conference, internet privacy and global surveillance expert Caroline Wilson Palow will be explaining the secret [...]
 
Paulo Freire: “Pedagogy of the oppressed” and working class April 6, 2014 03:55

Paulo Freire: “Pedagogy of the oppressed” and working class

His pedagogical proposals continue to revolutionise educational systems around the world. In Scotland, the effect can be felt through a variety of adult education [...]
 
Intel: an intricate web of legal disputes, successes & cheating February 16, 2014 00:01

Intel: an intricate web of legal disputes, successes & cheating

In the midst of a war with other companies involved in the development of and trade in computer processors the American company Intel has announced [...]
 
 
The masks take the streets of Cuba November 17, 2013 01:00

The masks take the streets of Cuba

  Pinar del Río, Cuba… From the top, actors on stilts travel the streets of this Cuban city in a sort of great art [...]
 
Heavy Metal and Baroque: Enriki Solinis’ fusion October 28, 2013 02:50

Heavy Metal and Baroque: Enriki Solinis’ fusion

In his recitals, the Spanish guitar player manages to unite seemingly antagonistic melodies, but he captivates, convinces and does it well.   Charly Morales [...]
 
Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way October 13, 2013 00:03

Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way

Music and drugs, drugs and music, they seem to go hand in hand. History has left us many examples of the degradation an artist [...]
 
 
The ‘ugly’ have their own reign October 6, 2013 00:02

The ‘ugly’ have their own reign

A few days ago, the city of Newcastle (UK) hosted a unique event, a contest sponsored by the British Association of Science in order [...]
 
Our consumer culture: buy, buy or… buy and buy July 27, 2013 22:21

Our consumer culture: buy, buy or… buy and buy

At a fire station in Livermore, California an electric light bulb has been running non-stop since 1901. Manufactured in Shelby, Ohio in 1895 its [...]
 
Guatemala: exorcising its demons July 6, 2013 22:08

Guatemala: exorcising its demons

    Dolls, made to look like the Devil, and waste lying in the houses of the Guatemalans burn as a symbol of purification [...]
 
 
 

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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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