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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 [...]
 
In Ipswich, churches aren’t just for mass December 15, 2014 02:00

In Ipswich, churches aren’t just for mass

They say that it is an English city with many churches but few church-goers. For this reason, the Anglican Church is struggling to maintain [...]
 
‘Travel the world in your own city’, a way to redefine multiculturalism December 14, 2014 03:48

‘Travel the world in your own city’, a way to redefine multiculturalism

Multiculturalism. A word we hear every day. We all know that we live in multicultural cities such as London. We hear stats bandied about [...]
 
 
Damascus: in the midst of walls, jasmine and mosques December 1, 2014 00:24

Damascus: in the midst of walls, jasmine and mosques

Come in, come in, says a man at the entrance to his handicrafts shop, while all around him there is the hustle and bustle [...]
 
Liverpool, a mythical city December 7, 2013 20:30

Liverpool, a mythical city

Considered an old and not particularly attractive city in Northern England, today Liverpool with now over 100 years under its belt is emerging as [...]
 
Public transport in London: diverse, vital and vibrant August 18, 2013 00:00

Public transport in London: diverse, vital and vibrant

 It is a pillar in the functioning of the city. Over 3 million Londoners use it. Without it, the city would be paralysed. The [...]
 
 
Vietnam: Asia’s other bussling gateway July 27, 2013 22:54

Vietnam: Asia’s other bussling gateway

    The arrival of more than three million foreign visitors to Vietnam in the first half of 2013 was a real boost for [...]
 
A glimpse underneath the Kilt July 14, 2013 20:00

A glimpse underneath the Kilt

   The Kilt is much more than something seen at scenic Scottish folklore shows, and much more than a skirt for men. This garment [...]
 
Belmopán, the hurricane’s daughter July 14, 2013 00:00

Belmopán, the hurricane’s daughter

When talking about Belmopán, the capital of Belize, you can say without a doubt that it is a small and young Central American and [...]
 
 
The never ending wonders of Guatemala’s Antigua April 1, 2013 01:06

The never ending wonders of Guatemala’s Antigua

Surrounded by volcanoes, a multitude of ancient buildings bear witness to the architectural heritage echoing the colonial past of this great urban museum. . [...]
 
The land of the long white cloud March 24, 2013 00:31

The land of the long white cloud

Indigenous Maori people began to populate New Zealand from the 9th Century, bringing with them advanced skills in textiles and house building, sound farming [...]
 
Camden: global and different March 10, 2013 00:02

Camden: global and different

Thousands of people come along to the market in search of items that will take them away from the standard norms. And in their [...]
 
 
The many faces of Brixton March 10, 2013 00:01

The many faces of Brixton

Immigrants who arrived aboard the Empire Windrush awarded to the area that multicultural aspect that made it famous. Today it is threatened by the [...]
 
Hackney, between modernity and crime March 10, 2013 00:00

Hackney, between modernity and crime

Insecurity, crime, unemployment… these are the characteristics of a neighbourhood under the surveillance of more than 1500 security cameras. The rise in housing costs [...]
 
Village Market, the Caribbean brought to life in Brixton December 10, 2012 02:44

Village Market, the Caribbean brought to life in Brixton

Sellers who help customers while dancing, colourful stalls that catch the eye of every passer-by, and a district that wants to wipe out its [...]
 
 
 

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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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  • Comments, In Focus Carlos Arango: a true journalist

    Carlos Arango: a true journalist

    Gran told me about my father’s childhood. She recalled how as a child, he took lunch to the workers on the Antioquia Railway.   Armando Orozco Tovar   Carlos Arango Z was his name and he started working at just six-years-old to help support his family. From Tulúa, in the Cauca Valley to...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Van Gogh: fury, genius and pain

    Van Gogh: fury, genius and pain

    The certainty that Montmajour at Sunset was painted by the Dutchman Vincent Van Gogh Dutch revives the madness that the unique viewpoint of this artistic genius always produces.    Frade Ibis Brito   In fact, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has announced to the world the discovery of this new work...

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