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Remembering the Peace Festival

  What does it mean to share stories of the terrible things you have seen and felt? Does remembering keep the pain alive? Should we share our stories or put them behind us? What if other people want you to forget?   These were the first four questions posed to the group of 100 or […]

Anyone’s Child Mexico launches in Bristol

  The team behind the Anyone’s Child i-documentary invited the public to learn about their campaign at its Bristol launch last Wednesday 11th April at the Art’s House, Stokes Croft. Rebecca Wilson reports.   The concept Every one of the 150,000 people who have died due to the drug war since 2006 is somebody’s child. […]

How to end the war on drugs: stories from the front-line in Mexico

Callum Smith talks us through the Anyone’s Child event this Wednesday 11th April at The Arts House on Stokes Croft: ‘How to End Mexico’s Drug War’.   ‘The conflict for control of the drugs trade in Mexico has become increasingly violent in recent years. Anyone’s Child Mexico provides the opportunity to listen to the stories from […]

Will 2018 be Latin America’s Year of Transformation?

Bristolatino’s Politics Editor, Hermione Greenhalgh, gives a breakdown of the region’s busy electoral schedule. By November, Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela will all have a new president (or will have re-elected the same one). Though Chile and Honduras have both just re-elected a former and incumbent president, (the latter on legally dubious grounds) the other countries […]

Elephant and Castle ‘regeneration’— London’s Latin hub under threat

Later today, Tuesday 16th of January, the redevelopment plan for Elephant and Castle shopping centre is going to the Southwark Planning Committee. Local people will be protesting, along with others who don’t agree with the plans as they stand—but why?   I grew up not far from Elephant and Castle (EC), an area of South […]

From the field: anti-mining efforts in Colombia

Tiffany Ip, who currently works for an anti-mining NGO in Colombia, visited landmine victims in La Granja, where she learnt about their long road to receiving reparations. Situated 8 hours north of Bogotá in the Santander department is a small town called Bucaramanga. It was here that I got to spend 5 days with a […]

Anyone’s Child Could be a Casualty of the War on Drugs

Anyone’s Child is an international network of families who share personal stories of lost family members or loved ones due to the failures of current drug laws. They campaign for the legalisation of drugs as a preventative measure to end a cycle of similar tragedies. Often demonised in the UK, consumption of illegal narcotics is […]

The Other Solos is anti-brexit Shakespeare

Bristolatino’s Art editor Helen Brown talks to Paula Rodriguez, director and producer of The Other Solos, about combatting anti-migration sentiment through Shakespeare. The Other Solos is a series of six Shakespeare monologues, released on Youtube, tackling issues of migration, exile and identity, performed by accented actors whose second language is English. These performances use Shakespeare, traditionally emblematic of […]

Where are our human rights?

Following the recent death of famous Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, our writer Laura Tlachi reports on the current levels of violence from Mexico. A few weeks ago in Culiacán, the journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas – one of Mexico’s best reporters on drug trafficking – was murdered. He was killed by a sicario, a hit man […]