An introverted campaigner

By Bala Chambers “Catalonia didn’t exist as it does now. Institutions and civil liberties were abolished in 1714. That had long-lasting consequences. In the 18th, 19th century living conditions were hard. Life expectancy was below 40 years old. The first thing people had in mind was food and survival,” quietly explains pro-Catalan independence supporter, Sergi…

A Peruvian star on the rise

By Bala Chambers Peru are 1-0 down to Argentina in Lima. 19 year old Luiz ‘Beto’ da Silva enters the field for the second half, making his debut in the South American World Cup qualifiers. His pace and dribbling are outlets for the counter attack against Argentina. Defender, Zabaleta can’t live with his direct attacking play and quickly…

From Groningen to Bangkok, one artisan’s wider journey

By Balin Chambers Crowds gather to watch the various street performers on a Saturday afternoon in Groningen. One section of the road has been closed in the centre. Nevertheless, on the other side of town, to the north, the residential area lies dormant. The warmth of the Indian sun gently breathes light onto the terraced…

Argentina commemorates student kidnappings

By Balin Chambers La Plata, Argentina’s second city, commemorated 40 years since the kidnapping of 10 students on September 16th. On 16 and 17 September 1976, masked military raided the homes of the students aged between 16-18 years old at night, carrying them away to clandestine detention centres. At the time they were campaigning for…