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Silent earthquakes advancing on Planet June 14, 2014 00:03

Silent earthquakes advancing on Planet

The so-called “silent earthquakes” which occur deep within the Earth and without much disturbance, apparently cannot be felt. These silent earthquakes are what set [...]
 
Latin America: An opportunity for sustainable development June 14, 2014 00:01

Latin America: An opportunity for sustainable development

Its relentless economic progress, in addition to the challenges it has faced with regards to development, has meant that Latin America has become a [...]
 
How does our diet affect the environment? June 14, 2014 00:00

How does our diet affect the environment?

Food is as essential to us as water and oxygen and without access to food life cannot be sustained.   William Hanson   The [...]
 
 
Anti-GM: For safe and ethical food May 18, 2014 00:02

Anti-GM: For safe and ethical food

On the 24th of May the multinational company Monsanto will come under scrutiny during a meeting called to denounce the dangers of its genetically [...]
 
The right to do whatever we feel like to animals May 11, 2014 01:47

The right to do whatever we feel like to animals

The culture of respect towards animals has evolved so slowly that it is very difficult to see their fate changing in the short and [...]
 
Climate Change: Living with the enemy we created April 27, 2014 00:03

Climate Change: Living with the enemy we created

The terrible consequences of climate change are becoming more and more apparent on Earth. Some people feel far removed from this fact, but experts [...]
 
 
Climate justice must be global and local April 27, 2014 00:02

Climate justice must be global and local

In the year 2000 the United Nations adopted a declaration to eradicate extreme poverty, a declaration that must become reality in 2015. Scotland leads [...]
 
The huge potential of… Solar energy! April 6, 2014 03:31

The huge potential of… Solar energy!

Solar power has the potential to free people from large energy corporations, limit climate change, and develop poorer countries.   James Yasin   Climate [...]
 
A social enterprise supermarket March 23, 2014 23:27

A social enterprise supermarket

The new supermarket concept took 2 years to materialise, and opened in Brighton on Dec. 7th last year. HiSbe, or’ How it Should be’ [...]
 
 
Fátima Espinoza: “Climate change, is lethal for fair trade” March 23, 2014 22:47

Fátima Espinoza: “Climate change, is lethal for fair trade”

The devastating effects of climate change and pressure from the multinationals are bringing down coffee prices in Nicaragua. Fair trade cooperatives such as “Soppexcca” [...]
 
When the stench of development kills March 9, 2014 23:02

When the stench of development kills

A lack of urban planning is often responsible for conflict between people and industrial sites which, with their heavy load of unpleasant smells awakening [...]
 
Bangladesh, under threat of climate change March 2, 2014 00:01

Bangladesh, under threat of climate change

Having an unstable region that has become one of the most vulnerable states on the planet, Bengali farmers have united to preserve their way [...]
 
 
Ekeko, god of abundance for the poor February 9, 2014 00:03

Ekeko, god of abundance for the poor

It’s both a good-luck charm (illa) and a sacred stone statue thousands of years old, struck by a lightning bolt that fell from the [...]
 
Elephant slaughter February 2, 2014 17:15

Elephant slaughter

In Pretoria, South Africa, recent statistics suggest that African poachers kill one of these huge animals every 15 minutes.   Jorge V. Jaime   [...]
 
The memories of a Haiyan survivor January 26, 2014 17:19

The memories of a Haiyan survivor

On the 8th November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan was lashing the Philippines leaving behind some more than 6,100 dead and over 1,700 missing. Rubén Rubí [...]
 
 
 

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    ‘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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