Human Rights

Political crime and terrorism as security devices January 12, 2015 22:08

Political crime and terrorism as security devices

Viewed either as two concepts, or as tools of state power, they are nothing more than two sides of the same coin, aimed at [...]
 
An ultra-violent machine to impose radical Islam: ISIS January 12, 2015 22:08

An ultra-violent machine to impose radical Islam: ISIS

Behind the explosion of ISIS terror attacks in Syria and Iraq is a well-designed machine. One that’s been built over the years, with one [...]
 
Victory! The Cuban 5 are finally free! December 18, 2014 13:09

Victory! The Cuban 5 are finally free!

After 16 unjust years of imprisonment, on 17 December 2014, Ramón Labañino, Gerardo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero, the three remaining members of the Cuban 5, [...]
 
 
Aleida Guevara: “Revolutions cannot be exported” December 14, 2014 02:43

Aleida Guevara: “Revolutions cannot be exported”

Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che, assures The Prisma that the communist regime will continue in Cuba, beyond the Castro family. She sees the formation [...]
 
The disappeared students: Mexico says… “No more!” December 14, 2014 02:42

The disappeared students: Mexico says… “No more!”

Hundreds of people are demonstrating every day in Mexico and other countries to protest against the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa at the [...]
 
The Guatemalan woman: discriminated on all fronts November 30, 2014 04:58

The Guatemalan woman: discriminated on all fronts

Guatemalan women face discrimination from their communities, from organisations and even from the government itself which, in their opinion, tries to silence them.   [...]
 
 
“It is violent… to criminalise immigrants”: Trenton Oldfield November 30, 2014 04:19

“It is violent… to criminalise immigrants”: Trenton Oldfield

Despite the fact that historically, the greatest number of immigrants have been Europeans, today they are doing all they can to block the entry [...]
 
Women & girls in Guatemala: poor, hungry and persecuted November 16, 2014 21:18

Women & girls in Guatemala: poor, hungry and persecuted

The majority are born poor, many are destitute. They suffer institutionalised discrimination against their families. They are marginalised in front of their brothers, fathers [...]
 
One month on… The impact of the murder of Paul Medina November 16, 2014 21:18

One month on… The impact of the murder of Paul Medina

Bullets from drug-trafficking hit men, which last month took the lives of this journalist and his young assistant Antonia Almada, have drawn an invisible [...]
 
 
Debates on contemporary feminism November 16, 2014 02:06

Debates on contemporary feminism

A new series debates will be held on the 20th of November in London in support of feminist culture and women’s rights.   Brick [...]
 
Abused men: invisible and also forgotten in this century November 13, 2014 02:07

Abused men: invisible and also forgotten in this century

  The media silence on men affected by domestic violence is the greatest difficulty facing a problem that has some countries showing statistics of [...]
 
Athletes with consciences November 3, 2014 16:45

Athletes with consciences

Displays of celebrity support in current conflicts are often suppressed by sanctions and institutions. In many cases, celebrities can have an explosive impact on [...]
 
 
Impunity and its social roots October 26, 2014 12:16

Impunity and its social roots

In November IFEX is organising an international campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists. And impunity concerns everyone, as long as the powerful [...]
 
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed: It’s dangerous to be a gay Imam” October 19, 2014 23:54

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed: It’s dangerous to be a gay Imam”

This progressive imam is convinced that the rejection faced by homosexuals in the majority of  mosques in the West comes from the manipulation by [...]
 
Muslim and gay: when your faith is your enemy October 19, 2014 23:52

Muslim and gay: when your faith is your enemy

Violence is a part of everyday life for some LGBT Muslims, and not only the type of physical violence doled out on the streets [...]
 
 
 

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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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  • Culture, Visual Arts New lands and liquid identities

    New lands and liquid identities

    “Everyone experiences these things differently, it isn’t just instability but also a sense of disquiet, states of being that are difficult to describe”, says photographer Virgilio Ferreira.   Graham Douglas Photos:  Luisa Tavares/ Antonio Perez   The lives of southern Europeans who migrated...

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