Trade Unions

Sex workers and their rights September 7, 2014 01:10

Sex workers and their rights

On 22nd September a conference will take place to discuss this topic, due to the many changes and rules that threaten their profession.   [...]
 
‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right August 18, 2014 01:19

‘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 [...]
 
For decent conditions and a fair salary July 21, 2014 00:03

For decent conditions and a fair salary

The members of the Public Services Alliance of South Tyneside are meeting on July 24th to continue their fight against inequality at work.   [...]
 
 
Deprived of General Practice? June 28, 2014 20:32

Deprived of General Practice?

As a GP, working in the inner city for 25 years, I have a problem and it is not the patients I deal with [...]
 
Putting an end to austerity and injustice June 15, 2014 00:01

Putting an end to austerity and injustice

In a national protest to be held on the 21st of June, the people’s platform “People’s Assembly” will bring together those unsatisfied with government [...]
 
Time and time again: NO cuts! May 18, 2014 00:01

Time and time again: NO cuts!

On the 21st of June, the People’s Assembly, will organise a protest in London followed by a festival, to fight against austerity measures introduced [...]
 
 
“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 [...]
 
Taking a stand against British Gas May 4, 2014 00:01

Taking a stand against British Gas

A protest group will condemn British big oil for enriching themselves at the cost of degrading the environment and for charging excessive prices, at [...]
 
IWGB… Rescuing the unrepresented March 23, 2014 18:40

IWGB… Rescuing the unrepresented

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a worker-run union organising the unorganised, the abandoned and the betrayed.   James Yasin   [...]
 
 
Protest ahead of unwanted International Women’s Day tribute February 23, 2014 18:56

Protest ahead of unwanted International Women’s Day tribute

Ahead of a tribute planned by a university to honour one of the directors of the company MITIE, the IWGB has decided to hold [...]
 
SOAS cleaners: exploited, discriminated and ignored February 16, 2014 02:22

SOAS cleaners: exploited, discriminated and ignored

They have faced being overworked, underpaid, threatened and ignored, but they still pursue the fight and now are balloting for a strike to end [...]
 
Take action against arms fair protesters’ trial February 2, 2014 00:03

Take action against arms fair protesters’ trial

Five peaceful protesters are facing trial for blocking entry to an Arms fair. Show your support for them with your presence at their trial [...]
 
 
Convention of work against austerity November 4, 2013 00:58

Convention of work against austerity

On the 9th of November a protest will take place to fight against the cuts that are taking place by David Cameron’s government in [...]
 
Defending the right to protest October 21, 2013 04:23

Defending the right to protest

As a result of austerity measures, a conference will be held on the 27th of October, “Austerity, Injustice and the Power of Protest” A [...]
 
Activities and acts of support from Nicaragua July 14, 2013 00:01

Activities and acts of support from Nicaragua

On Saturday the 13th of July, the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC) will hold an event to raise awareness of the people of South America, [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    From 23rd to 27th September, Brazilian, Cuban, Venezuelan and British artists will be performing in the British capital.   The event, which celebrates its second year in the UK, will include a wide range of music which will be performed in more than five concerts. The invited artists will play Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus The boss of what?

    The boss of what?

    Nearing the end of its run, “The boss of it all is a light, but witty”, confectionary written by Lars Von Trier. Originally a film, it has been adapted for the stage by Jack MCNamara.   Steve Latham   Performed by the New Perspectives company, at the Soho Theatre, the piece is acted superbly...

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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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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    This photographic exhibition will be taking place on the 20th and 21st of September, during London Open House..   Photo by Edwardx The photographs displayed at the residence of the Ambassador of Argentina were captured by the photographers Horacio Coppola and Facundo de Zuviria. Both artists were born...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Living in Fractured Times

    Living in Fractured Times

    Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous book, Fractured Times, is a scintillating collection of essays covering the cultural history of Europe through the Twentieth Century.   Steve Latham   The volume is panoramic in its scope: covering inter alia the role of arts festivals, the development of Jewish...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    Films and concerts from Latin America will be in the multicultural city of London from 9th of September to 9th of October.   In this month devoted to cinema and music, there will be film screenings, as part of the “Bolíwood” Festival (as in Bolivar, not Bollywood) and concerts, all with Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus An Englishman for Scotland

    An Englishman for Scotland

    When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham   Suprisingly, most of the acts, stand-up comedians included, fought shy of the question. This does not seem to have been due to any self-censorship. Instead, the...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Screen Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    A symposium taking place on 12th September will analyse the form in which varieties of emotion, and personal and collective experiences, can be expressed visually, with particular reference to Mexico and the 20th and 21st centuries.   Under the title ‘Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican...

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  • Culture, Pages Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Eric Nepomuceno was a thirty-something Brazilian journalist with a budding career when he landed in Havana during the summer of 1978. Almost before he could brush off the dust from the road he attended a meeting that would be a turning point in his life.   Eric NepomucenoPhoto from orelhadolivro.com Francisco...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages 100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    100 years of playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    “Would I find La Maga? Most of the time it was just a case of my putting in an appearance, going along the Rue de Seine to the arch leading into la Quaid de Conti, and I would see her slender form against the olive ashen which floats along the river as she crossed back and forth on the Pont des Art,...

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  • Culture, Screen Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Between 1989 and 2008 he made a large number of short films influenced by European directors and European and North American writers. Now he feels it is time to develop his own voice more strongly.   Mariano Bartolomeu Graham Douglas   Like most Angolans his family has suffered from decades...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting mining practices.   Claudio Chipana   The people of the Cajamarca region in northern Peru are rallying against multinational mining company Yanacocha’s ‘Conga’...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Regeneration as degeneration

    Regeneration as degeneration

    During the Edinburgh Fringe, we stayed in a delightful apartment in Leith. Leith is the old port-town of Edinburgh.   Steve Latham   It was a pleasant place to base ourselves in during the Festival, while we travelled in daily on the city bus service. It had become run-down and derelict, but...

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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, 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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  • 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, 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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