Migrants

The dangerous route from  Iran to Europe: Jamal’story April 18, 2015 21:00

The dangerous route from Iran to Europe: Jamal’story

I was walking on the street without any reason and some guys shouted at me: “Hey, Afghan, why do you have a red jacket?” [...]
 
Elections: ¿Forging the Latino  vote in the United Kingdom? April 6, 2015 16:42

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 * [...]
 
Circolombia returns to London March 30, 2015 17:57

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 [...]
 
 
The Latin-American diaspora: almost 30 million migrants March 17, 2015 02:12

The Latin-American diaspora: almost 30 million migrants

They make up 13% of the world total. The number has increased in the last 10 years and continues growing. The majority are under [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
“It is violent… to criminalise immigrants”: Trenton Oldfield November 30, 2014 04:19

“It is violent… to criminalise immigrants”: Trenton Oldfield

Despite the fact that historically, the greatest number of immigrants have been Europeans, today they are doing all they can to block the entry [...]
 
Latinos in prison in the UK November 30, 2014 03:41

Latinos in prison in the UK

Foreign nationals arriving in Great Britain without the necessary documentation to reside in the country legally are arrested and deported. Sometimes the process drags [...]
 
Cuban children’s festival in London November 16, 2014 02:01

Cuban children’s festival in London

A Cuban event will take place in Bolivar Hall on the 23rd of November for children and anyone who wants to enjoy the Caribbean [...]
 
 
Estefanía Gómez Callejas, without future plans November 16, 2014 00:52

Estefanía Gómez Callejas, without future plans

Colombian by birth, she is 22 years old and came to London a year and seven months ago. Although she came alone and knew [...]
 
The European graveyard of refugees:  Mediterranean sea November 4, 2014 04:46

The European graveyard of refugees: Mediterranean sea

How can we call ourselves civilised when 22,000 bodies have sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean in the last 14 years? On starting [...]
 
In the “moving continent”: each immigrant is a Ulysses October 31, 2014 03:35

In the “moving continent”: each immigrant is a Ulysses

  Emigration is not just a question of adapting to life in a new country but also of having to deal with feelings of [...]
 
 
 

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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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