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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 [...]
 
 
José Luís Lara : Venezuela’s musical side May 11, 2014 00:04

José Luís Lara : Venezuela’s musical side

Internationally recognised Venezuelan musician, composer and teacher, José Luís Lara  has brought his music to more than 19 countries, with an ability to innovate [...]
 
Nelly Mosquera: Activism and education are needed in the immigrant community April 27, 2014 00:04

Nelly Mosquera: Activism and education are needed in the immigrant community

She has lived in England for 20 years and is an activist for immigrants, primarily women. She talks about the real challenges facing the [...]
 
An interview with… Maria Linforth-Hall April 20, 2014 21:21

An interview with… Maria Linforth-Hall

Could some of the problems facing the Latin American community be solved by the community themselves?  Southwark Council’s Liberal Democrat candidate certainly thinks so.  [...]
 
 
Creativity as a cultural union April 20, 2014 00:37

Creativity as a cultural union

The second year of the art contest organised by the Mexican Embassy in the UK is accepting proposals until the 25th of April.   [...]
 
Alicia Castro, concerned about the Falklands and all issues March 23, 2014 20:03

Alicia Castro, concerned about the Falklands and all issues

Argentina’s embassy in London has been home to a new resident since January 2012. She believes that Venezuela is the victim of fierce international [...]
 
Hortensia Celis, a Latina bringing Latinos together March 23, 2014 15:40

Hortensia Celis, a Latina bringing Latinos together

Hortensia is a Mexican woman,who is currently in charge of various meeting groups within her community in England. She has managed to assist thousands [...]
 
 
Juan Arcos Tuitza: “We need a person who takes the helm” March 16, 2014 20:10

Juan Arcos Tuitza: “We need a person who takes the helm”

He was once an illegal immigrant. He is informal and warm-hearted, but reticent on the subject of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. His style [...]
 
“Reflections of Realities, realities of reflection” March 2, 2014 20:08

“Reflections of Realities, realities of reflection”

Latin American Women’s Aid and ConceptSur are presenting this art exhibition on Thursday the 6th of March at the Printhouse Gallery in London.   [...]
 
A look at the Ecuadorian community in London February 23, 2014 18:24

A look at the Ecuadorian community in London

In the British capital the community has grown significantly since 2010, mainly due to the economic crisis in Europe. Today it looks optimistically to [...]
 
 
 

The Prisma News

  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    From 23rd to 27th September, Brazilian, Cuban, Venezuelan and British artists will be performing in the British capital.   The event, which celebrates its second year in the UK, will include a wide range of music which will be performed in more than five concerts. The invited artists will play Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus The boss of what?

    The boss of what?

    Nearing the end of its run, “The boss of it all is a light, but witty”, confectionary written by Lars Von Trier. Originally a film, it has been adapted for the stage by Jack MCNamara.   Steve Latham   Performed by the New Perspectives company, at the Soho Theatre, the piece is acted superbly...

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  • Comments, In Focus Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes still works as a shoemaker in Bogotá, yet his life has been far from easy. He has suffered considerable persecution at the hands of Colombian government security forces as a result of the activities of his brother, Jacobo Arenas, one of the leaders of FARC.   Jacobo Arenas Armando...

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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    This photographic exhibition will be taking place on the 20th and 21st of September, during London Open House..   Photo by Edwardx The photographs displayed at the residence of the Ambassador of Argentina were captured by the photographers Horacio Coppola and Facundo de Zuviria. Both artists were born...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Living in Fractured Times

    Living in Fractured Times

    Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous book, Fractured Times, is a scintillating collection of essays covering the cultural history of Europe through the Twentieth Century.   Steve Latham   The volume is panoramic in its scope: covering inter alia the role of arts festivals, the development of Jewish...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    Films and concerts from Latin America will be in the multicultural city of London from 9th of September to 9th of October.   In this month devoted to cinema and music, there will be film screenings, as part of the “Bolíwood” Festival (as in Bolivar, not Bollywood) and concerts, all with Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus An Englishman for Scotland

    An Englishman for Scotland

    When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham   Suprisingly, most of the acts, stand-up comedians included, fought shy of the question. This does not seem to have been due to any self-censorship. Instead, the...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Screen Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    A symposium taking place on 12th September will analyse the form in which varieties of emotion, and personal and collective experiences, can be expressed visually, with particular reference to Mexico and the 20th and 21st centuries.   Under the title ‘Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican...

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  • Culture, Pages Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Eric Nepomuceno was a thirty-something Brazilian journalist with a budding career when he landed in Havana during the summer of 1978. Almost before he could brush off the dust from the road he attended a meeting that would be a turning point in his life.   Eric NepomucenoPhoto from orelhadolivro.com Francisco...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages 100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    100 years of playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    “Would I find La Maga? Most of the time it was just a case of my putting in an appearance, going along the Rue de Seine to the arch leading into la Quaid de Conti, and I would see her slender form against the olive ashen which floats along the river as she crossed back and forth on the Pont des Art,...

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  • Culture, Screen Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Between 1989 and 2008 he made a large number of short films influenced by European directors and European and North American writers. Now he feels it is time to develop his own voice more strongly.   Mariano Bartolomeu Graham Douglas   Like most Angolans his family has suffered from decades...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting mining practices.   Claudio Chipana   The people of the Cajamarca region in northern Peru are rallying against multinational mining company Yanacocha’s ‘Conga’...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Regeneration as degeneration

    Regeneration as degeneration

    During the Edinburgh Fringe, we stayed in a delightful apartment in Leith. Leith is the old port-town of Edinburgh.   Steve Latham   It was a pleasant place to base ourselves in during the Festival, while we travelled in daily on the city bus service. It had become run-down and derelict, but...

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  • Comments, In Focus What is peace?

    What is peace?

    A white cow is not a white dove, says Eduardo Embry, a Chilean poet based in the UK. A gracing pristine cow is heavy, and the meaning of peace is not to appease or to be appeased. By contrast, peace is not a given, but an ongoing process of understanding and doing together.   Mabel Encinas   Peace...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define ‘GM’? If we limit the definition to a laboratory, deliberately excluding the social context, then we are unlikely to make a connection...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus “F” is for Fringe

    “F” is for Fringe

    Photo by Kim Traynor Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, the F-word is ubiquitous.   Steve Latham   Maybe I am shocking because I am getting on in years, and it expresses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    The 10th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th of September to the 5th of October, bringing together Spanish and Catalan productions , comedy and cuisine.   Photo by London Spanish Film Festival London Spanish Film Festival is 10 years old this year, and to mark the occasion the...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Screen Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem

    (…) My wife has proposed a family suicide / both of us and our two daughters / when the mushroom cloud arrives (…) Affonso Romano de Sant´Anna.   Armando Orozco Tovar   We are surrounded by death, something that sounds like stating the obvious, a great truth. But what are we going to do...

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  • Culture, Pages Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Seventy years after his plane was tragically shot down, we are still no closer to knowing which of the Nazi Luftwaffe pilots – Horst Rippert or Robert Heichele – ended the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.   Miguel Fernández Martínez   On the 31st of July 1944, at 8:45am, Saint-Exupéry...

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  • Culture, Pages, Trade Unions, Workers ‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

    ‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

    “The Price of Experience: Writings on living with cancer” by Mike Marqusee demands an end to inequalities in health care and challenges the British government’s ideology which blames people for their ill health. It makes us think about how this “winners” and “losers”...

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