Sports

Latin athletes become legends in the UK February 7, 2015 18:08

Latin athletes become legends in the UK

In spite of anti-immigrant law being reinforced in Great Britain, foreign athletes have delivered unforgettable performances to their audiences. This is an important way [...]
 
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 [...]
 
Reflections after the World Cup July 13, 2014 19:28

Reflections after the World Cup

Violence and a lack of respect during the World Cup was evidence of the absence of any plan to combat aggression, inequality and human [...]
 
 
A ‘No’ against military investment February 4, 2013 05:41

A ‘No’ against military investment

Protests have been organised in Glasgow for April against nuclear weapons. Great Britain’s investment in nuclear weapons and military matters has provoked a rejection [...]
 
Victor Pérez… The silence of a medal September 30, 2012 00:28

Victor Pérez… The silence of a medal

When he heard the news that he would be given the gold medal at Olympic Fine Art 2012, Victor Pérez couldn’t get back to [...]
 
The Paralympics, a flame with growing visibility September 22, 2012 23:57

The Paralympics, a flame with growing visibility

In the weeks following the competition, it has become clear that London improved the coverage of the Paralympic Games. That said, the Paralympic athletes [...]
 
 
The Pride of Guatemala: Forget Weapons, Embrace Sport August 20, 2012 00:02

The Pride of Guatemala: Forget Weapons, Embrace Sport

It was only a few months ago that race-walker Erick Barrondo was finally able to buy his parents a television. And on Saturday, it [...]
 
London 2012: fast track to prosperity? August 12, 2012 00:30

London 2012: fast track to prosperity?

There is one aspect of our civilisation that has often proven to be the stimuli of controversy when mixed with sport: politics. _ Ben [...]
 
More than just football June 3, 2012 18:26

More than just football

There are  times when the king of sports breaks down barriers and  serves as a means of political demonstration. This  will be the topic [...]
 
 
The Olympic Games: their dark side April 30, 2012 01:44

The Olympic Games: their dark side

London is preparing to host the biggest sports show in the world in less than 100 days… which will also have a not so [...]
 
Oil and gas in the horn of Africa April 8, 2012 02:07

Oil and gas in the horn of Africa

The opportunities and risks presented by the discovery of this natural resource in this part of the planet will be debated on April 18th. [...]
 
“Blood, sweat & gear”: the human cost of the Olympics March 18, 2012 14:03

“Blood, sweat & gear”: the human cost of the Olympics

Under this slogan, the War on Want movement have organised the 24th of March as a day of addressing the hidden realities of this [...]
 
 
Moving towards the Basque Country February 13, 2012 05:20

Moving towards the Basque Country

On the 11th of March in Belfast, there will be a necessary and long-awaited meeting to talk about this nation which many consider to [...]
 
A Cuban Olympic champion on his way to London February 6, 2012 02:53

A Cuban Olympic champion on his way to London

The hurdler Dayron Robles is, at the moment, preparing for the main athletic events of the year and, in particular, preparing to defend his [...]
 
Fighting racism: footballers  and managers have a role February 5, 2012 02:51

Fighting racism: footballers and managers have a role

As a Brighton and Hove Albion fan I used to go to bed with Gus Poyet, the manager of the club, every night as [...]
 
 
 

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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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  • Comments, In Focus The great battle announced by women

    The great battle announced by women

    Yesterday I found myself on a pavement in Las Aguas, where – amongst other books for 1000 pesos (30p) – I saw “Memoirs of a Standard Bearer”, by the 19th Century writer and painter José María Espinosa, and published in the 71 volumen15 by the Banco Popular.   Armando Orozco Tovar   They...

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  • Culture, Screen Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “Films are what directors are”

    The Catalonian director took a gamble on a documentary about the true-life story and difficulties of the life of a famous gay HIV-positive museum curator.   Virginia Moreno Molina   The idea of the documentary “Ignasi M” emerged by chance while Ventura Pons was trying to picture a “silly”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Greeks bearing gifts

    Greeks bearing gifts

    As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from their obligations under the debt rescue plan.   Steve Latham   This is the second act of the drama unfolding after the election victory of Syriza,...

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  • Comments, In Focus Faces and traces

    Faces and traces

    Faces are part of the individual and collective imaginations. They are invented. This is especially so of those belonging to characters who have made a strong impression on others.   Rostros y rastros – Rostros Borrados by Juana la Loca flickr.com/photos/74049931@N07/6839899278/ Armando Orozco...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Terror & democracy in Islam

    Terror & democracy in Islam

    The key issue is the development of moderate political Islam. Violent repression of Islamic movements only removes the possibilities for integration of the deeply rooted religion into the political processes in those countries which were in the hands of westernised elites during the colonial period,...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Parallel London

    Parallel London

    Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival gangs.   Steve Latham   Instead of the black-on-white violence which characterised the 1990s, this was a fight between two Asian gangs. In parts of London, the chequerboard of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    Young Jihadis: fighting the good fight… or the bad one?

    In the current hysteria about jihadi attacks in Europe, a sober analysis is important, to assess the real risks we face while also understanding their sources. What are the deeper psychological and social motives of volunteer jihadis? What part does the Islamic theory of war play, and what happened to...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    Art and aftermath of war in Colombia

    “There is an aesthetic precariousness, poverty, and neglect in the open desolation where the dead have neither surnames nor temples.”   Reina Magdariaga Lardue   The Colombian artists Bibiana Vélez and Cristo Hoyos express in their art a reflection of the consequences of the armed...

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  • Culture, Music “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    “Hay quien precisa”: a song about identity and roots

    Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd and Cuban singer-songwriter Liuba María Hevia are combining their unique voices in a compilation album that includes some of the most successful songs of their careers.   Cecilia Todd, photo from corriente-alterna.net Martha Sánchez   For them, 2015 began in Havana...

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  • Comments, In Focus And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    And seventy years ago the Red Army liberated Auschwitz and released its stench

    The “work sets you free” sign remains at the entrance of the Nazi hell… The camp´s prisoners endured cruel forced labour on top of the intense cold, all types of hunger, torture, a variety of illnesses, and their bodies were subject to physical and chemical experimentation.   Armando Orozco...

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  • Culture, Pages, 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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