Human Rights

“Nuclear slaves” in Fukushima August 9, 2014 20:50

“Nuclear slaves” in Fukushima

Covered from head to toe in anti-radiation suits, hundreds of workers struggle to clean and repair the reactors in suffocating heat, day after day. [...]
 
Radical nun Teresa Forcades: “People cannot be second place and money placed first” August 3, 2014 12:30

Radical nun Teresa Forcades: “People cannot be second place and money placed first”

She has stunned atheists and put Christians on the warpath with her statements that have always raised more than a few eyebrows. As a [...]
 
Palestine: why always under Israel’s indiscriminate fire? July 27, 2014 22:23

Palestine: why always under Israel’s indiscriminate fire?

The dead are already in the hundreds, many of them children in a conflict whose causes originate from imperial domination, and are kept alive [...]
 
 
Black history month July 21, 2014 13:23

Black history month

A celebration will be held on the 11th of October in Sydenham (London) with an event  to commemorate the slaves who suffered and fought [...]
 
Pragna Patel: “There is more racism & pressure to silence” July 13, 2014 01:08

Pragna Patel: “There is more racism & pressure to silence”

 The activist in favour of women’s rights witnesses at her daily work how the religious pressure on ethnic minorities is increasing, exacerbating the situation [...]
 
When you do whatever you must do in order to survive July 12, 2014 20:44

When you do whatever you must do in order to survive

Filipinos’ “indigenous” and Asian features keep them oppressed by racism, because in the 21st Century they are still seen as the servants of the [...]
 
 
Bread, freedom and social justice July 6, 2014 00:01

Bread, freedom and social justice

On the 10th and 11th of July a conference will be held in Cambridge, where social justice, the freedom of Latin America, Europe and [...]
 
Men and boys who’ve been raped: shame, pain and stigma June 30, 2014 00:12

Men and boys who’ve been raped: shame, pain and stigma

Males who have been raped find themselves condemned to silence for being ‘less men’ and ridiculed as ‘homosexuals’.     In the Democratic Republic [...]
 
John Lennon: “All rapes are violent but this was extreme” June 28, 2014 22:02

John Lennon: “All rapes are violent but this was extreme”

“He was mixed race, a good looking guy. He said he liked me and asked me out for a drink. I said yes, I [...]
 
 
Georgina Hoare: “Women are also sexual abusers” June 28, 2014 22:02

Georgina Hoare: “Women are also sexual abusers”

And men are more likely than women to suffer a gang rape. But men have to deal with an extra load of shame, as [...]
 
Women: Someday priests or… Popes? June 28, 2014 20:00

Women: Someday priests or… Popes?

Febes, Persis, Priscilla, Tryphena, Mary, Eunice and Lois were some of the women who, according to scriptures, were the best allies of St Paul [...]
 
Horror in a place called Treblinka June 14, 2014 00:01

Horror in a place called Treblinka

It is one of the Nazis’ best-kept mysteriess. This extermination camp was hidden in 1943 when the Nazis abandoned it. Since then it has [...]
 
 
Hatred and phobia: The new social concern June 8, 2014 00:02

Hatred and phobia: The new social concern

On Saturday the 14th of June a conference titled “Against Fascism” will take place in London, addressing the question of growing racism across Europe.  [...]
 
N. Desborough: “It’s possible to be gay and Christian, but…” May 31, 2014 19:27

N. Desborough: “It’s possible to be gay and Christian, but…”

“… nowhere in the Bible affirms homosexuality as a practice that is approved by God”, says this free Church Pastor, who works daily to [...]
 
Sharon Ferguson: If someone says you’re an abomination, you feel anger, pain & shame May 31, 2014 19:27

Sharon Ferguson: If someone says you’re an abomination, you feel anger, pain & shame

As pastor and activist for the rights of homosexuals, she denounces the homophobic pressure in  Christian religious communities which continues to cause suffering to [...]
 
 
 

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    ‘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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  • Culture, Listings, Pages Don Quijote rides into London

    Don Quijote rides into London

    “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote de la Mancha”, a new play directed and performed by the company Little Soldiers, opens on 23rd July.   By Virginia Moreno Molina   The Little Soldiers company made its debut in London in 2010 with a piece entitled Pakita: Stimulating, Bitter, and Necessary....

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  • Culture, Screen “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    Huge changes have taken place in both Cuba and Angola especially since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. In both countries the sudden loss of Soviet support led to a crisis, and an increase in migration, out of Cuba and into Angola.   Director Ever Miranda Palacio Graham Douglas   Ever Miranda...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Praise to forgetfulness

    Praise to forgetfulness

    Fanatical fans are from everywhere not only here in this country of crazy, violent, passionate people… without passion, they want to see themselves reflected in the heroic ball-playing characters, but the next day they still don’t agree on anything.   Armando Orozco Tovar   Forgetfullness...

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  • Culture, Pages, Screen A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    This publishing house will inaugurate their first “Open House” event on the 17th of July. It will allow people to find new books and take part in an open debate on various subjects.   Tony Phillips, author of “Europe on the Brink: debt, crisis and dissent in the European periphery”, will...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Playing with dragons

    Playing with dragons

    How do we fill that vast expanse of empty time during the post-university phase of early adult life, before working out what to do with the rest of our lives?   Steve Latham   We drift through endless days, unsure of our purpose, attempting to fill the hours with something, anything, while we cogitate...

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  • Comments, In Focus The tower of bats

    The tower of bats

    “We start to talk of food/ when we replace/ water with the essence of blood”. Fabio Arias.   Armando Orozco Tovar   It was during the years when thousands of members of Colombia’s left-wing “Unión Patriótica” party were assassinated throughout the country. At the height of this...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    The carnivals of Rio, Salvador and Recife are different, but the opportunity to make money is homogenising them. Photographer Fred Jordao from Recife decided he was more interested in the popular festivals put on by the poorest people in the outer areas of the city, with no patronage or financial support. Carnaval...

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