Archive for April, 2012

Where are all the women?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Published on Progress Online, by Danny Phillips, April 5, 2012.

… Before Labour get tribal we should reflect that we too have no women standing for Inverclyde council – a council that boasts no women councillors at all – how on earth did we not see that was a problem? Also, at the 2011 Scottish parliament election Labour allowed constituencies that were represented by women to be slowly taken over by men. In fact, had Labour won more constituencies in 2011 much of the equality work of our devolution pioneers would have had a severe setback.   Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy San Francisco Creates Social Center in Vacant Church Building

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by OccupyWallSt, April 03, 2012.

In another sign of the Occupy movement’s diversifying tactics and growing spring momentum, yesterday Occupy San Francisco liberated a vacant building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and announced plans to establish a permanent occupation – including a social center, shelter, and food bank – on the site. The April 1st action began with a lively march from Union Square before arriving at the building just before 6pm. When they arrived, Occupiers who had already secured the building greeted the marchers with open doors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Out in the cold?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Liberals and leftists vow to continue their protests at the Islamist monopoly over drafting a new constitution – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khaled Dawoud, 29 March – 4 April 2012.

… El-Shobki, an expert at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, has long supported reconciliation between Egypt’s political Islamic groups, led by the Brotherhood, and its secular elite. He was among the few non- Islamist members of the constituent assembly elected during Saturday’s joint meeting of the People’s Assembly and Shura Council.  Read the rest of this entry »

Who owns your child’s school? The rise and rise of edu-business

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Published on openDemocracy, by Melissa Benn, April 3, 2012.

Faster than we recognise, schools are becoming profit centres. The buildings, the teaching, the cleaning, the exam results are all ways to make money. But who benefits? Not the poorest, argues Melissa Benn … //

… Philanthropy:   Read the rest of this entry »

… encore pas fini, Toulouse …

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

juste reçu par e-mail: A Toulouse, un balcon bien encombré, paru dans AGORA Vox, lundi 2 avril 2012.

History: Persepolis recreated

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

History: Persepolis recreated, by Omidir:

Corporations for the 99%

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Just in time for Protest Spring, AlterNet launches a 5-Part Series – Received by e-mail, From: Don Hazen, Date: 02/04/2012

As many of us know, American corporations have not been working for the 99%. Yet the dysfunctional relationships between the private and public sectors, between workers and executives, and between corporate goals and those of the broader society, get little attention in the media.

A new 5-part series will change this.   Read the rest of this entry »

International Organization for a Participatory Society IOPS

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

is an interim international nongovernmental organization, embracing such values as self-management, egalitarianism, solidarity, diversity, ecological husbandry, and internationalism. Founded in 2012, the organization has attracted over four hundred members from over fifty countries since its website launch in late March … (full text on en.wikipedia).    Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt: Not yet divorce

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, 29 March – 4 April 2012.

Speculation over the fate of the presidential elections is already rife, however hushed the tones. Just weeks ahead of the scheduled poll and some political sources are suggesting it could be delayed.

“It is a scenario that should not be excluded. I am not saying it is happening, but it could,” says one source close to the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).   Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Next for Occupy?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Michael Albert, March 30, 2012.

The world is as it is. If we arrive at a shared vision for a better future, that too will be what it is. But strategy and tactics are different. To get poetic about it, this one time, they aren’t what they are. One place, one strategy or tactic makes sense. Another place, a different strategy or tactic makes sense. One time, do this. Another time, do the opposite.  Read the rest of this entry »