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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 [...]
 
Omar Castañeda’s radically ‘edible’ art February 9, 2014 00:05

Omar Castañeda’s radically ‘edible’ art

The Colombian artist debuts his latest collection of sculptures, ‘The Golden One Art Show’ in London.  His work, made of materials such as ‘panela’ [...]
 
 
 

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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, 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, Visual Arts A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    This Hunterian museum, which unites anatomical and pathological specimens to be studied by undergraduate and postgraduate students, also houses Charles Byrne and Caroline Crachami.   Photo By StoneColdCrazy Edith Tacusi Oblitas   Irishman Charles Byrne was 2 metre and 48 centimetres tall when he died...

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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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  • 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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Revelation of “Boyhood”

    Revelation of “Boyhood”

    This is the latest film directed by Richard Linklater. Astonishingly, the movie was filmed over twelve years, taking thirty-nine days of shooting.   Richard LinklaterPhoto by Siebbi Steve Latham   Tracing the life of a young boy as he grows into a young man, the picture follows the central character’s...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Are we decadent?

    Are we decadent?

    “Decadence” is usually a term used by right-wing people to castigate individuals and societies with whom they disagree, and whose lifestyle they disapprove of.   Photo from http://goo.gl/9HxW4f Steve Latham   The arts are frequently said to be in decline, embodied in paradoxical trends:...

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  • Culture, Screen Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    The journey of three teenagers riding “the Beast”, the train that leads to the desired future in the United States, is full of risks and is destroying innocence, hope and grand dreams, metre by metre.   Diego Quemada-Díez Noelia Ceballos Terrén   From his first steps behind a camera 20...

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  • Culture, Screen Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    He directed  “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”, a documentary which recently premiered in the UK and recounts the dangers faced by immigrants travelling from Mexico to the United States through the so-called “death row”.     Marc Silver  Juanjo Andrés Cuervo   Thousands of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    There is a photograph of this graffito beside an Israeli army checkpoint; it seems to sum up the Gaza situation: electronic eavesdropping, media manipulation and high tech shock and awe to wipe the Palestinians off the map.   Graham Douglas   In 4 weeks 1,800 Palestinians including about 400 children...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus A requiem for Gaza

    A requiem for Gaza

    The killing of Palestine’s civilian population, including women and children, is unjustifiable. The people of Palestine can only choose between freedom and death.   Claudio Chipana                    How can a country justify the destruction and subjugation of another population...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine and our daughters and sons

    Palestine and our daughters and sons

    I wonder what effects the facts in Palestina have on our lives. The Gaza Strip is more than 3500 kilometres away from London (and over 12000 kilometres away from the Latin American region, where I am from), and still, the shocking facts cannot be ignored.   Mabel Encinas   Palestinian people...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    The genocide committed against Palestine is reminiscent of the Napoleonic phrase: “God is on the side with the best artillery.” It hits/ your whip is daring/  it teaches us to be stubborn/ and of the contempt of the threats/ our destiny is transformed in/ resistance… (Palestinian poetry).   Armando...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Listings, Screen Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    On 29th July, the East London Venezuela Solidarity Campaign will be screening a short film entitled “Chávez”, in partnership with the coordinator of the movement.   Luis Castro’s documentary charts the transformation that Venezuela has undergone since Chávez was first elected to the presidency...

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  • Culture, Music The story of how Lennon’s  strawberry fields came to be

    The story of how Lennon’s strawberry fields came to be

     The fact that John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Almeria has been referred to before in historical accounts about the Beatles but the artist’s Spanish involvement went beyond this and  included some abortive projects such as the film that never was with bullfighter ‘El Cordobes’(the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Money rules

    Money rules

    Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham   F. S. Michaels’ book, “Monoculture. How one story is changing everything”, analyses the deep structure of our culture’s infatuation with wealth. It...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The documentary film ‘Who is Dayani Cristal’ will premiere in British cinemas on July 25th, the story of a migrant whose body was found in this deadly area of desert.   The film is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and is based on real events. The film shows the arduous...

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