Society and Politics

Take a trip to Elephant and Castle or Seven Sisters’ indoor market and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d been transported to Colombia. Salsa blaring out of little shops, couples dancing between tables in mid-afternoon, and invariably some marital dispute being broadcast in public; London...
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Jan Rocha reports on the attempted impeachment of Dilma and fears of vested interests behind it
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Sue Branford chronicles the rapid development in the town of Altamira in the Brazilian Amazon, whose inhabitants have yet to reep any benefits.
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On 21st February 2005, paramilitaries and Colombian soldiers massacred eight people from two hamlets of the San Jose Peace Community, in Apartadó, Colombia. Despite assassinations and forced displacement since the Peace Community’s foundation in 1997, this massacre was the last straw. With no trust...
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As Venezuela’s economic crisis deepens, Grace Livingstone has been out to the Venezuelan countryside, gauging the effects of the crisis there.
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Gwen Burnyeat reports on the Colombian peace process and the efforts being made to promote conversation among all its actors, at both local and national levels
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Ali Rocha & Nayana Fernandez report from Sao Paolo on the series of mass protests against hikes in public transport fares.
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It is said that people of all cultures use the world ‘love’ to describe a feeling they get when someone meets their needs. So what is love between Cubans and Western visitors to the island? Leila Segal explores
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In my first term teaching political anthropology to first year political science undergraduates at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, I decided to give the students the chance to design their own essay topic. The results were astounding, revealing profound and moving dimensions of...
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How does a country like Mexico, with perhaps close to half its inhabitants - some 50 million people- living in poverty, come to produce someone who is by some reckonings the richest man in the world? That is the question the Mexican journalist Diego Enrique Osorno attempts to answer in his recently...
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Migration has changed everything. Before, we grew up with one cultural identity, now many people have two or three. Even our political leaders and cultural icons are part of the new bi-cultural trend. Sofia Sims asks members of two such families, the Corbyns - where grandad Jeremy is the new Labour...
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As the situation in Syria and the Middle East gets ever more complex and violent, Colombia is finally finding its way out of a 50 year conflict that has ravaged the country, giving us hope in a chaotic world, argues Kristian Herbolzheimer of Conciliation Resources, who has been intimately involved...
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Some of the most beautiful melodies and inspiring music ever to come out of Latin America were part of the Canción Social movement of the 1970s and 1980s. As democratic and revolutionary movements were being ruthlessly crushed, artists felt moved to sing songs in support of people ‘disappearing’ at...
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