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Amazon: war in Paradise (II) April 26, 2015 02:31

Amazon: war in Paradise (II)

According to the Brazilian Pastoral Land Commission 325 people have been murdered in the last 10 years since the US nun Dorothy Stang was [...]
 
Nature lives without us, but we can’t live without it April 20, 2015 19:24

Nature lives without us, but we can’t live without it

The Panamanian Wounaan have a special relationship with rivers, and they build their villages right where they meet the tides for the good spirits [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
Blocking the veins of the Amazon (I) April 20, 2015 15:40

Blocking the veins of the Amazon (I)

Building dams is not getting as much attention as deforestation but it is more damaging. The companies causing the most damage are European or [...]
 
This changes everything 2015: capitalism and climate change March 8, 2015 01:01

This changes everything 2015: capitalism and climate change

The current economic model places economic interests before environmental protection. For this reason we must look for real alternatives. Young activists are holding a [...]
 
Latin America by birdsong March 8, 2015 00:49

Latin America by birdsong

  From the sounds of species in danger of extinction, various Latin American artists have come together to create original songs and make a [...]
 
 
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 [...]
 
Villa de Leyva, where Spain never left February 7, 2015 16:01

Villa de Leyva, where Spain never left

In this region, as in many in Colombia, the colonial period is never far from the minds of the majority of its inhabitants: “Posada [...]
 
The plane that flies solely with the sun’s energy February 7, 2015 15:25

The plane that flies solely with the sun’s energy

Taking place in February, Solar Impulse 2, propelled only by solar energy, will attempt to fly for five months around the world in a [...]
 
 
2015: the year to save the Earth February 2, 2015 17:23

2015: the year to save the Earth

This Thursday, February 5th, a public meeting climate change will take place in Oxford before the national march scheduled for next month.   Under [...]
 
A Noah´s Ark to save humanity December 24, 2014 19:23

A Noah´s Ark to save humanity

On the 25th of December, a ship will depart from Southampton destined for the islands of the South Pacific, to warn of their slow [...]
 
Companies grow rich on the misery of others in Uganda December 14, 2014 02:42

Companies grow rich on the misery of others in Uganda

It is a fact of the globalised world: companies want to use oil to get rich at the expense of these regions. The Africans [...]
 
 
Climate Summit in Peru December 1, 2014 00:54

Climate Summit in Peru

From 3rd to 13th of December in Lima, the capital of Peru, the Climate Summit will take place to protest for the protection of [...]
 
United to save the ecosystem November 30, 2014 21:00

United to save the ecosystem

From 3rd – 13th December, Peru’s Climate Summit will bring activists together to call for greater protection of the natural world.   Organised by [...]
 
Indigenous Victoriano: the Panama Canal’s first victim November 17, 2014 01:31

Indigenous Victoriano: the Panama Canal’s first victim

Aby Martínez and his son René, who trained at the San Antonio de los Baños Film School in Cuba, spent a decade working on [...]
 
 
 

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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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