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Brazil 1964: Never again!

Published on: Mon Mar 31, 2014
Author: David Lehmann
Brazil 1964: Never again!

31st March 2014. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Brazilian coup of 1964 which started the wave of repression that cast a dark and cruel shadow over Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile during the following decades. It was experienced by many of my generation in our contact with refugees who came to Europe and represented a new and very attractive way of thinking, a sensibility, a way of doing politics which combined their idealism with lifestyle, music, art, dance, and also deep sadness…

Hora Chilena: Chilean refugees in Cambridge in a Britain at ease with itself

Published on: Wed Jan 22, 2014
Author: David Lehmann
Hora Chilena: Chilean refugees in Cambridge in a Britain at ease with itself

A review of Hora Chilena, a documentary by Camila Iturra, Lautaro Vargas and Kip Loades. Details of the film can be found here.The makers can be contacted here. On Wednesday December 11, the entire Chilean community of Cambridge plus about a hundred of their friends gathered at the city’s Arts Picturehouse to watch the premiere of Hora Chilena, a documentary made by Camila Iturra, Lautaro Vargas and Kip Loades. The film is about two once unconnected groups, brought together by one of the great…

Chile: Memoria, 40 years on

Published on: Fri Aug 23, 2013
Author: David Lehmann
Chile: Memoria, 40 years on

I visited Chile's Museum of Memory and Human Rights with my friend the Mexican anthropologist Luiz Vasquez. For about two hours we relived the crisis which led the military to take power and then the unspeakable repression which was brought down upon the Chilean people for the 17 years until, after the 1989 referendum the military rather ungraciously pulled back from power. It cannot be said too often how important this monument is, and how important it is that no one ever forget. The museum is…

Brazil: The remarkable expansion of the Evangelical Churches Part Two

Published on: Tue Apr 2, 2013
Author: David Lehmann LAB
Brazil: The remarkable expansion of the Evangelical Churches Part Two

Neo-Pentecostalism People like me, and probably like most readers of this blog, who come from a literate background in which articulate speech is taken for granted, need to remind themselves that this is not the way all children are brought up or educated: at the extreme, where poverty and a precarious physical environment are the rule, and where life itself is sometimes threatened by torrential storms and mudslides, the daily routine of women trying to keep the family fed and clothed, too often…

Brazil: The remarkable expansion of the Evangelical Churches Part One

Published on: Tue Apr 2, 2013
Author: David Lehmann LAB
Brazil: The remarkable expansion of the Evangelical Churches Part One

Nayra Pedrini da Silva is Pastor of the Igreja Apostolica Unidade em Cristo in the large municipality of Ilha do Governador near Rio de Janeiro’s International airport.  The location suits her well because Nayra travels a great deal. In fact, I first met her in Israel, leading a group of future evangelical leaders on a tour of holy sites, and explaining at each one the Old and New Testament sources of its significance.  She travels frequently to Florida and to Japan, where many years ago her church…

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