Multiculture

The winners of “International eXchange and eXperience” March 1, 2015 23:58

The winners of “International eXchange and eXperience”

The winners of the competition organised by the language portal Bab.la and their blog Lexiophiles are now on the web. Their work is opening [...]
 
Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture February 28, 2015 22:13

Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

She has worked on projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, although her work is based mainly around Latin America, the region in which she [...]
 
The great battle announced by women February 24, 2015 01:56

The great battle announced by women

Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of [...]
 
 
No more hatred for multiculturalism February 19, 2015 04:23

No more hatred for multiculturalism

    On 21st March an event will take place in Trafalgar Square celebrating diversity and rejecting the use of immigrants as scapegoats.   The [...]
 
Citizens’ rights for immigrants February 16, 2015 02:59

Citizens’ rights for immigrants

On Saturday 21st February the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is holding a workshop focusing on immigrants’ rights. Its objective is toinform [...]
 
Latin Americans in London: We are not invisible! February 16, 2015 01:11

Latin Americans in London: We are not invisible!

The Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK (CLAUK) and Islington Council are celebrating the contribution of Latin Americans in the London district.   [...]
 
 
The US vs. terrorism: religion and nationalism (Part 1) February 7, 2015 21:48

The US vs. terrorism: religion and nationalism (Part 1)

Sowing division and hatred as well as religious, linguistic, cultural and nationalistic discord along with racism in all its forms is an age-old, effective [...]
 
There must be solidarity with Venezuela February 1, 2015 02:35

There must be solidarity with Venezuela

 On the 4th of February, the Marx Memorial Library will host an event in solidarity with Venezuela, against the United States intervention in Latin [...]
 
Cecilia Falcioni Figueroa: “Studying in England is cheaper than in Mexico” January 24, 2015 20:02

Cecilia Falcioni Figueroa: “Studying in England is cheaper than in Mexico”

“The working atmosphere you find in temporary jobs is horrible; businesses have no concern for their employees”, this disenchanted young Mexican student reveals. Javier [...]
 
 
Rafael Polonio: nomadic, independent, with the heart of a Londoner January 18, 2015 21:53

Rafael Polonio: nomadic, independent, with the heart of a Londoner

Rafael is 32 years old and has lived in London since 2004. He is native to Cordoba, a city in the south of Spain, [...]
 
Leave or stagnate, Roberto Villanueva’s dilemma January 12, 2015 00:03

Leave or stagnate, Roberto Villanueva’s dilemma

Roberto is a 35-year-old Peruvian who came to the UK from Trujillo three years ago. He had never left his country before and although [...]
 
Paola Valentina Marín: Immigrant and foreigner, two different realities December 30, 2014 21:03

Paola Valentina Marín: Immigrant and foreigner, two different realities

A Colombian chef, with a great love for Spain and currently living in the UK. She’s been able to see different social contexts and, [...]
 
 
Jony Carrera: the future is right now December 30, 2014 21:02

Jony Carrera: the future is right now

He was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He is a languages and sports teacher, and a tourist guide. He has also held [...]
 
Marisa Fassi: “Europe needs to liberate itself from xenophobia” December 30, 2014 21:01

Marisa Fassi: “Europe needs to liberate itself from xenophobia”

She has spent five years coming to Europe and has noted the increase in racism and xenophobia during this time.   Marisa was born [...]
 
Sergio Rodríguez’s family December 14, 2014 00:27

Sergio Rodríguez’s family

The 26-year-old Chilean arrived in England in August to find work and to learn English. He is currently working as a waiter thanks to [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Human Rights, On Stage, Politiks The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

    The Grandson… Argentina and its’ missing people

    The Theatre for Identity “Teatro x la Identidad”, a movement that for 15 years has seen actors, directors and people from the theatrical world bring the message of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the stage, returning to The Calder Bookshop and Theatre, this time with the stage play “The...

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  • Comments, In Focus Women!

    Women!

    People say sometimes the first thing that comes to their minds (we all do, I guess; however, some of us try to avoid it or at least to rectify when we get it wrong).   Mabel Encinas   Saying things like ‘excessive traffic is migrants’ fault’, ‘English people have also the right to...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus What does UKIP mean?

    What does UKIP mean?

    Last year’s Rochester and Strood by-election victory for the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, Mark Reckless, was a game-changer for British politics.   Steve Latham   It came hard on the heels of UKIP’s Clacton win by Douglas Carswell; both new MPs standing for seats they had previously...

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  • Comments, In Focus The illustrators of life

    The illustrators of life

    “There is too much blood; too much violence”,  Albert Camus.  I had thought that I would start the year with good memories and nostalgia. However, the Charlie Hebdo massacre has brought back memories of when, in the late 80s, Castaño’s paramilitaries shot down ‘JUCO’ militants –...

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  • Culture, Multiculture, Our People, Visual Arts Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    She has worked on projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, although her work is based mainly around Latin America, the region in which she grew up.   Juanjo Andres Cuervo Photos by Angelika Berndt    She first started in photography by helping the non-government organisation Anti Slavery International...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Writing, says Lispector, is not knowing what’s coming next. To find out, we throw another word out, as bait: which words will take the bait, if indeed any? Or will nothing follow but a void?   Carlos Skliar*   If it’s true that the world started with a yes, wrote Lispector, if it’s true...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Music Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after performing a dance.    Wilfredo Alayón   At the conductor’s signal, an orchestra that had regaled those at the soirée on 1st January began to play...

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  • Comments, In Focus Power, for whom?

    Power, for whom?

    I met Isidoro Morantes on that 2nd day of January, at the age of 84. People say on that day his age was not noticeable like other times. In spite of his vitality making you forget for moments his advanced years, he was an old man.   Armando Orozco Tovar   That night Isidoro seemed younger asking for...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Birdman flies

    Birdman flies

    As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound to identify with – she, of course, meant me.   Steve Latham   The movie is centred on the emotions of a man in the midst of his mid-life crisis, wondering whether his life...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Migrants, Multiculture The great battle announced by women

    The great battle announced by women

    Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of a Standard Bearer”, by the 19th Century writer and painter José María Espinosa, and published in the 71 volumen15 by the Banco Popular.   Armando Orozco Tovar   They...

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  • Culture, Screen Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    The Catalonian director took a gamble on a documentary about the true-life story and difficulties of the life of a famous gay HIV-positive museum curator.   Virginia Moreno Molina   The idea of the documentary “Ignasi M” emerged by chance while Ventura Pons was trying to picture a “silly”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Greeks bearing gifts

    Greeks bearing gifts

    As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from their obligations under the debt rescue plan.   Steve Latham   This is the second act of the drama unfolding after the election victory of Syriza,...

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  • Comments, In Focus Faces and traces

    Faces and traces

    Faces are part of the individual and collective imaginations. They are invented. This is especially so of those belonging to characters who have made a strong impression on others.   Rostros y rastros – Rostros Borrados by Juana la Loca flickr.com/photos/74049931@N07/6839899278/ Armando Orozco...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Terror & democracy in Islam

    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 rooted religion into the political processes in those countries which were in the hands of westernised elites during the colonial period,...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Parallel London

    Parallel London

    Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival gangs.   Steve Latham   Instead of the black-on-white violence which characterised the 1990s, this was a fight between two Asian gangs. In parts of London, the chequerboard of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    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 their sources. What are the deeper psychological and social motives of volunteer jihadis? What part does the Islamic theory of war play, and what happened to...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    “There is an aesthetic precariousness, poverty, and neglect in the open desolation where the dead have neither surnames nor temples.”   Reina Magdariaga Lardue   The Colombian artists Bibiana Vélez and Cristo Hoyos express in their art a reflection of the consequences of the armed...

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  • Culture, Music “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of the most successful songs of their careers.   Cecilia Todd, photo from corriente-alterna.net Martha Sánchez   For them, 2015 began in Havana...

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  • Comments, In Focus And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    The “work sets you free” sign remains at the entrance of the Nazi hell… The camp´s prisoners endured cruel forced labour on top of the intense cold, all types of hunger, torture, a variety of illnesses, and their bodies were subject to physical and chemical experimentation.   Armando Orozco...

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  • Culture, Pages, Visual Arts Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Photo from www.gritodemujer.com The Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional Inc. (MPI, International Female Poets Movement) in the Dominican Republic has already published the list of countries that have confirmed their involvement at the Grito de Mujer (The Cry of Women) International Poetry Festival...

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