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An illusion of social mobility
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An illusion of social mobility

I never felt that I fitted in, that I belonged. Instead there was always the feeling that I am an interloper, an outsider.   Steve Latham   I occupy my present position in society, merely by accident. If they (whoever ‘they’ are) ever found out, they would throw me out. […]

The resilience of cities
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The resilience of cities

We are being sold the idea that our cities are sustainable and resilient. But to achieve environmental sustainability and mitigate climate change, we need cities to prioritise their natural surroundings and protect their biological and ecological diversity.   John Elvis Vera S.*   It is important that cities minimise the […]

Marti and the other side of the dreams
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Marti and the other side of the dreams

The little book jumps into my hands in a mysterious way early in the morning: It is the Jose Marti’s campaign dairy on the way from Cap-Haïtien to Dos Ríos, published in 1978 by the Social Sciences publishing house, La Habana, Cuba.   Armando Orozco Tovar   There is a […]

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From oddity to commodity

The depth of James Joyce’s writing provides source material for academics and culture vultures everywhere but while the number of books about Joyce are of oceanic proportions those worth staying on a bookshelf are disproportionately small by comparison.   Sean Sheehan   Andrew Gibson’s “Joyce’s revenge” and “The strong spirit” […]