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About Bella Thomas

Bella Thomas is an adviser to the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and Axess TV. She has recently worked in documentaries and exhibitions.

Articles by Bella Thomas

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Living with Castro

Fidel Castro has dominated Cubans' minds as well as lives for forty-seven years. How have they coped? Bella Thomas explores the intimate psychic effects of an era nearing its end.

(This article was first published on 13 August 2006)

The Blackwall debates: the present in the past

A historic church in east London is hosting a series of debates exploring some of the most contested issues of modern Britain - multiculturalism, feminism and the relationship with America. Bella Thomas, architect of the Blackwall debates, explains their inspiration.

Paradox regained: a conversation with an old comandante in Cuba

Cuba's reality is layered, complex, inaccessible. There is no soap, but people are clean; little food, but people survive; no freedom, but people talk in code. How to go beyond the traps of nostalgia and romanticism? For Bella Thomas, a fascinating conversation with a comandante far beyond illusion gradually reveals a secret entrance to the Cuban heart. 
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