Trade Unions

We all have the right to decent housing January 26, 2015 18:17

We all have the right to decent housing

Next Saturday, the 31st of January, the March for Homes takes place outside Boris Johnson’s office, in protest against the property crisis that has [...]
 
A reflection on teachers and the gay community November 26, 2014 02:49

A reflection on teachers and the gay community

On the 29th November, in London, members of the NUT who represent this group will go into depth about the experiences of this community, [...]
 
Young people have rights and ought to fight for them November 3, 2014 20:16

Young people have rights and ought to fight for them

On 15th November a debate will take place to discuss the government’s policies concerning housing and employment amongst young people.     The Big [...]
 
 
No more living in poverty! October 12, 2014 00:01

No more living in poverty!

On 18 October, a massive demonstration will be taking place against austerity in the United Kingdom and in favour of the need to increase [...]
 
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 [...]
 
 
 

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

      Ventura Pons and Ignasi M: “They have robbed us of everything, but they will not take away our ability to laugh”   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...

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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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    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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    “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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mexico-UK, dual year

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