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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 [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, 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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  • Comments, In Focus Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    The gap between rich and poor has magnified in the last decades in the UK, and more generally in the whole world. The question is: should we mind the gap?     Mabel Encinas   In the UK, 1% of the population receives 14% of the national income. In the world the 80 richest own the same wealth...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus 20,000 days on Earth

    20,000 days on Earth

    All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   Steve Latham   The movie purports to describe a single day in the life of Nick Cave, summing up the 20,000 days of his life. In practice the film...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages In defence of youthful expression

    In defence of youthful expression

    Every new generation is apathetic. How can they be otherwise, when the intellectual motivation that comes from books or the older generation’s half-forgotten memories is no match for the experience of being personally committed to a cause?   Armando Orozco Tovar   The older generation of...

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  • Culture, Europe, Globe, On Stage An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    The enunciation of the words is an oral expression, which also exists in sexual relations. But very often the man seems to be the one with the power to speak, here it is the women.   Entrevista: Graham Douglas Potos: Alipio Padilha   The Animatografo is discreetly placed in a very central position...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    Until the 20th of January, the cultural centre, Rich Mix will be hosting the exhibition Stories of El Salvador (Historias de El Salvador). This exhibition tells of the primary role that the women of El Salvador have played during the Central American country’s recent history.   Defying the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus NY – 9/11 Memorial

    NY – 9/11 Memorial

    During our recent trip to New York, my wife and I thought it was only respectful to visit the 9/11 memorial.   Photo by Gabri Micha – Flickr.com Steve Latham   It didn’t feature high on our initial list of priorities for site-seeing. But so many people were insistent that we needed...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America, United Kingdom Mexico-UK, dual year

    Mexico-UK, dual year

    2015 is Mexico-UK Dual Year, a year in which the governments of both countries decided to celebrate each other, and to promote business, cooperation and bilateral relationships. Can we be a part of it?   Mabel Encinas   The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico was the straw...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, On Stage, United Kingdom Circolombia to return in spring

    Circolombia to return in spring

    Following the resounding success of “Urban” in 2011, circus performance company Circolombia will bring its latest production to the London stage from the 14th of April to the 3rd of May 2015.   Photo from Circolombia Facebook Cristina Lago   The latest Circolombia production is inspired by...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London is dying

    London is dying

    The young people who are critical for any city’s prosperity are leaving London. Property prices, rents and sales are rising so astronomically, that only the super-rich are able to live in there.   Steve Latham   Gentrification often prices people out of inner city areas. Now central London...

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  • Comments, In Focus Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    When I was starting to think of how to take a book, the enormous head of the watching beast turned to me from eternity, roaring. For the Cuban journalist Miriam Rodríguez Betancourt, winner of the José Martí National Journalism Award.   Ernest Hemingway Armando Orozco Tovar   Gabriel ‘Gabo’...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Screen Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Countries once forced together by colonialism and the slave trade, now find connections in cultural entrepreneurship and the Portuguese language. Small independent film-makers have a role in promoting African and Brazilian culture for their contemporary value, not as tourist clichés.   Graham...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus I want to be Bo Ningen

    I want to be Bo Ningen

    I went to see Bo Ningen and Savages perform their sonic poem, “Word for the Blind”. An event organised by the Barbican at the Oval Space in East London.   Steve Latham   To use the old cliché: ‘It blew me away’. The piece had been developed by the two bands, using Dadaist poetry as...

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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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  • Comments, In Focus Experience and prejudices

    Experience and prejudices

    A colleague of mine was telling me how she felt awkward speaking to her university tutor, who is a famous academic in the world of sociology. She left me to ponder whether a person’s place within social “hierarchy’”is the only factor in forming relationships with others.   Mabel Encinas   In ...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Killing kids

    Killing kids

    Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in so-called civilised Europe. We are killing kids.   Steve Latham   Strictly speaking the law, passed in February, may not be euthanasia,...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye “True Self” or “New Self”?

    “True Self” or “New Self”?

    In an otherwise excellent book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages his readers to seek their “true self”“. Is this sheer mysticism, rooted in romantic fantasy?   Nigel Pocock   Do people really have a “true self” lurking deeply within? Waiting to be found, if only we knew how? Even...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, Globe, In Focus, United Kingdom The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    Immigrants reconstruct their identities, transfer their customs, traditions and cultural symbols, and adapt themselves to a different environment.   Claudio Chipana*   The Latin–American diasporas are acquiring a growing role and influence around the world, in the construction of Latin–American...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Visiting the Favelas

    Visiting the Favelas

    During the summer I took a team of students to find out about projects in Brazil, especially in the favelas, in particular the shanty towns around Rio de Janeiro.   Steve Latham   We visited one project, run by Youth With A Mission, which developed initiatives to serve and empower the local...

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  • Comments, In Focus San Victorino, that vast territory

    San Victorino, that vast territory

    According to Lucas Fernández Piedrahita, “Bogotá was awarded city status on July 27th, 1540. And, in his article “My people”, Alberto Lleras writes “Who knows why everything that is ours was on the side of San Victorino…”   Armando Orozco Tovar   He adds: “On the corner where...

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