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Willy Claure, on Cueca rhythm March 16, 2015 00:41

Willy Claure, on Cueca rhythm

On Tuesday the 24th of March the Bolivian guitarist and composer will give his first UK concert at the Bolivar Hall in London.   [...]
 
Malika Sqalli: home and identity March 8, 2015 01:08

Malika Sqalli: home and identity

A journey within. This is the message of a group of photographs showing the different stages in the life of artist Malika Sqalli and [...]
 
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 [...]
 
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 [...]
 
Celebrating Venezuela December 1, 2014 01:45

Celebrating Venezuela

On the 11th of December, an event will take place in London where the current situation in Venezuela will be debated with a varied [...]
 
 
The Argentine Film Festival returns to London November 16, 2014 02:22

The Argentine Film Festival returns to London

The 3rd festival runs from the 27th to the 30th of November, showing the best films of the last year from the Latin-American country. [...]
 
The Brazilians have integrated well into the United Kingdom November 4, 2014 02:23

The Brazilians have integrated well into the United Kingdom

This, according to Roberto Jaguaribe, who was born in Brazil, but moved to the United States with his family when he was still young. [...]
 
Ivan Romero: “Honduran immigrants have not been discriminated against” October 5, 2014 03:50

Ivan Romero: “Honduran immigrants have not been discriminated against”

He is the Honduran ambassador to the United Kingdom and he enjoys diplomatic life. Ivan Romero has represented his country in more than 15 [...]
 
 
José Luís Sánchez Arancibia: the true story of a battle won September 6, 2014 17:48

José Luís Sánchez Arancibia: the true story of a battle won

Whilst his story is not uncommon his victory certainly is. Nonetheless it serves to inspire those who are unaware of their rights or have [...]
 
Werner Romero: “Migration is a very demonised issue” August 23, 2014 21:42

Werner Romero: “Migration is a very demonised issue”

He entered the world of diplomacy in 1994, first as a negotiator in trade relations. He is now El Salvador’s Ambassador to the United [...]
 
Roberto Calzadilla S.: “The return policy on immigrants is isolationist and xenophobic” August 17, 2014 22:06

Roberto Calzadilla S.: “The return policy on immigrants is isolationist and xenophobic”

The current Bolivian Ambassador to the UK is associated with the cultural and democratic ideals of his country. He had to emigrate during the [...]
 
 
Gabriela Quevedo: “Immigrants’ right to free movement must be a priority” August 9, 2014 16:57

Gabriela Quevedo: “Immigrants’ right to free movement must be a priority”

As a champion of immigrants’ rights and a committed feminist and activist Gabriela thinks Latin American unification is important though having a critical vision [...]
 
Carlos Arredondo: the voice of the Chilean exile in Scotland June 30, 2014 13:59

Carlos Arredondo: the voice of the Chilean exile in Scotland

Born in 1948, in Santiago Chile, Carlos Arredondo arrived in Scotland 40 years ago as a political refugee from the Pinochet dictatorship. From his [...]
 
“Solidarity between workers and the community is the key” May 11, 2014 02:15

“Solidarity between workers and the community is the key”

These are words from Marlene Jiménez. Arriving from the Ecuadorian countryside where people are too afraid of the police to hold demonstrations, this particular [...]
 
 
 

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Willy Claure, on Cueca rhythm

    On Tuesday the 24th of March the Bolivian guitarist and composer will give his first UK concert at the Bolivar Hall in London.   With a career lasting more than 30 years, Claure is one of the most outstanding guitarists in modern-day Bolivia. His repertoire is essentially based on popular, traditional...

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  • Comments, In Focus Democracies

    Democracies

    In principle, the term “democracy” implies that the people (demos) are in power (kratos) and thus, that they participate.   Mabel Encinas   However, by contrast with participatory democracies, in representative democracies, we need to ask ourselves whom the government represents and who the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Urban revolution now

    Urban revolution now

    On Tuesday I was invited to a book launch organised by the Urban Hub at University College London. The book was Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Urban Research and Architecture.   Steve Latham   Edited by academics Łukasz Stanek, Christian Schmid, and Ákos Moravánszky, the book was a...

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  • Comments, In Focus Woman is asserting herself, so they are killing her

    Woman is asserting herself, so they are killing her

    On International Women’s Day, the statistics did not record a single man being killed at the hands of his female companions, as if being manly was just a matter of violence.   Armando Orozco Tovar   On this day women trotted, ran, climbed and walked in big gatherings around the world, less so in...

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  • Culture, Lifestyle, Ludotheque, Music Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way

    Music and drugs: a friendship that goes back a long way

    Music and drugs, drugs and music, they seem to go hand in hand. History has left us many examples of the degradation an artist or a group can suffer when they decide to bring the two together.     Miriam Cantalapiedra Barrocal   The fusion of music and drugs has its own history, which goes back...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015

    Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015

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  • Culture, Listings, Multiculture, Our People, Visual Arts Malika Sqalli: home and identity

    Malika Sqalli: home and identity

    A journey within. This is the message of a group of photographs showing the different stages in the life of artist Malika Sqalli and her work, and will be exhibited at the Arab British Centre from the 17th to the 27th of March.   Photos by Malika Sqalli   This is a solo exhibition in London...

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    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 record.   A Guide to the Birdsong of South America is the name of the project, which has the aim of exposing the dangerous situation suffered by these animals. Around...

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  • Comments, In Focus The man of the flame

    The man of the flame

    Who will have a photo of him? There is the one of the iconic guerilla hero taken in Havana by Korda, with a fortunate shot of his camera. But who made a portrait of Oscar Gil? Or who wrote about his short life? Because when they killed him he hadn’t reached 30.   Armando Orozco Tovar   This is...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Immigrant music

    Immigrant music

    I met her on a Friday night. She was helping at a youth project in inner London, to which she had been invited by a mutual friend who was a youth worker.   Steve Latham   She ran some ice-breaker games with games to loosen the kids up, for the first session of a new club promoting performing arts...

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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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    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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    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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    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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