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Cecilia Falcioni Figueroa: “Studying in England is cheaper than in Mexico” January 24, 2015 20:02

Cecilia Falcioni Figueroa: “Studying in England is cheaper than in Mexico”

“The working atmosphere you find in temporary jobs is horrible; businesses have no concern for their employees”, this disenchanted young Mexican student reveals. Javier [...]
 
Rafael Polonio: nomadic, independent, with the heart of a Londoner January 18, 2015 21:53

Rafael Polonio: nomadic, independent, with the heart of a Londoner

Rafael is 32 years old and has lived in London since 2004. He is native to Cordoba, a city in the south of Spain, [...]
 
Leave or stagnate, Roberto Villanueva’s dilemma January 12, 2015 00:03

Leave or stagnate, Roberto Villanueva’s dilemma

Roberto is a 35-year-old Peruvian who came to the UK from Trujillo three years ago. He had never left his country before and although [...]
 
 
Paola Valentina Marín: Immigrant and foreigner, two different realities December 30, 2014 21:03

Paola Valentina Marín: Immigrant and foreigner, two different realities

A Colombian chef, with a great love for Spain and currently living in the UK. She’s been able to see different social contexts and, [...]
 
Jony Carrera: the future is right now December 30, 2014 21:02

Jony Carrera: the future is right now

He was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He is a languages and sports teacher, and a tourist guide. He has also held [...]
 
Marisa Fassi: “Europe needs to liberate itself from xenophobia” December 30, 2014 21:01

Marisa Fassi: “Europe needs to liberate itself from xenophobia”

She has spent five years coming to Europe and has noted the increase in racism and xenophobia during this time.   Marisa was born [...]
 
 
Sergio Rodríguez’s family December 14, 2014 00:27

Sergio Rodríguez’s family

The 26-year-old Chilean arrived in England in August to find work and to learn English. He is currently working as a waiter thanks to [...]
 
Sonia Moreno: “I will not go back to Brazil again” November 30, 2014 21:49

Sonia Moreno: “I will not go back to Brazil again”

This 48-year-old woman moved from Brazil to Spain, where she spent four years in the cleaning industry.However, growing economic instability meant that Sonia had [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
Beatriz Cámara: “The hardest thing is not having Madrid and my family close by” November 3, 2014 18:51

Beatriz Cámara: “The hardest thing is not having Madrid and my family close by”

Beatriz is a 37-year-old woman who has lived in London since 2003. “My life in Spain seems like a different lifetime,” she says jokingly, [...]
 
Hugo Rodrigo Zapata: “The Spanish community is very disparate; some want to integrate, but others don’t” October 4, 2014 13:58

Hugo Rodrigo Zapata: “The Spanish community is very disparate; some want to integrate, but others don’t”

The lack of opportunities stemming from the economic crisis in Spain caused this 33 year-old engineer to leave the country. His knowledge of English [...]
 
Antonio López: Surviving on the basis of dream and effort September 20, 2014 23:45

Antonio López: Surviving on the basis of dream and effort

Antonio came from Bolivia two years ago. He studied Advertising there and here in London works as a bartender. He is 35-years-old and has [...]
 
 
José Luis Vela García: Racism is ridiculous in such a multicultural place” September 14, 2014 00:01

José Luis Vela García: Racism is ridiculous in such a multicultural place”

José is 36 and has been living in London since 2007. He is Spanish and decided to move here for personal reasons and to [...]
 
John Pino López: settled in London by chance September 7, 2014 00:01

John Pino López: settled in London by chance

He is a 50-year old Colombian and studied accounting for one semester in his country. Although, initially, he came to “venture” as he says, [...]
 
Alberto Perea and his new search in London August 31, 2014 00:01

Alberto Perea and his new search in London

He claims not to be completely integrated with the English community, and his inner circle are Latinos living in the city. Language is still [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Van Gogh: fury, genius and pain

    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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  • Culture, Listings, Multiculture, Music, Our People Willy Claure, on Cueca rhythm

    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

        The 19th edition of this event will be held from the 18th to the 27th of March, where among other films shown there will be five set in Latin America.   The international organisation Human Rights Watch will present this edition of the event, which will include 16 documentaries and feature...

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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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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Lifestyle, Music, Okology Latin America by birdsong

    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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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus What does UKIP mean?

    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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  • Comments, In Focus The illustrators of life

    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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  • Culture, Multiculture, Our People, Visual Arts Angelika Berndt and the invisible culture

    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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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Words to remember Clarice Lispector

    Writing, says Lispector, is not knowing what’s coming next. To find out, we throw another word out, as bait: which words will take the bait, if indeed any? Or will nothing follow but a void?   Carlos Skliar*   If it’s true that the world started with a yes, wrote Lispector, if it’s true...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Music Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    Danzón: a dance that overcame discrimination and racism

    The first night of 1879 was calm and fresh, and those attending the Artistic and Literary School, currently the Sala José White, rested after performing a dance.    Wilfredo Alayón   At the conductor’s signal, an orchestra that had regaled those at the soirée on 1st January began to play...

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  • Comments, In Focus Power, for whom?

    Power, for whom?

    I met Isidoro Morantes on that 2nd day of January, at the age of 84. People say on that day his age was not noticeable like other times. In spite of his vitality making you forget for moments his advanced years, he was an old man.   Armando Orozco Tovar   That night Isidoro seemed younger asking for...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Birdman flies

    Birdman flies

    As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound to identify with – she, of course, meant me.   Steve Latham   The movie is centred on the emotions of a man in the midst of his mid-life crisis, wondering whether his life...

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