These successes were not merely local. In exposing the weakness and corruption of the PRI, the damnificado movement became the first major step in Mexico’s democratisation. In the years to come, the grassroots alliances of the earthquake mobilisation would link up with politicians who were defecting from the PRI to support a new opposition known as the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). Hundreds of activists – once shut out from the political system – migrated into the party, hoping to topple the PRI, bringing their pro-poor agenda with them in the process. This “party-movement,” led by PRI-defector Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, challenged the PRI in the 1988 election– the largest opposition in 70 years – and set in motion a reform process that brought more power to the local level and away from the PRI’s political castle. … [Read more...] about The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been forgotten?
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The intention, in fact, was to continue the experiment, learning from their mistakes. A second mission went into the biosphere in March 1994, and looked to be faring better. A month later, though, out of the blue, Ed Bass decided on a mass purge. The purpose was to make the project more businesslike, it seems. Allen and his team were swiftly ejected and a new CEO was literally helicoptered in: Steve Bannon. Yes, that Steve Bannon. Investment banker, future right-wing operator and Donald Trump strategist. As a metaphor for the fate of the planet, it could hardly be more apt. … [Read more...] about Eight go mad in Arizona: how a lockdown experiment went horribly wrong
A person may go through multiple countries of residence, but can only have one true homeland, where no matter how much time has passed, the itinerant may touch the ground with her feet and in that instance become whole. Those who do not know the open wound of exile can callously suggest uprooting a people and congratulate themselves for being generous and clever. The thoughtless self-righteousness stems from an age-old superiority complex, a colonial mindset that insists people from “lesser” parts of the world must prefer life in the “civilised” west, if given the chance. … [Read more...] about Allowing the privileged few to flee Hong Kong isn’t liberation
Activists say the Washington team name has long been the most offensive, amid other names that also invoke Native American stereotypes. The Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks and Kansas City Chiefs are also team names that some activists hope will change as the US undertakes a racial reckoning after the death of George Floyd in police custody. … [Read more...] about Washington Redskins to drop controversial team name following review
The First Minister said it is "undoubtedly a time for cautious hope and optimism" as she moved the country to phase three of its four-phase easing plan. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 pandemic is ‘accelerating and getting worse – as cases DOUBLE in six weeks’, WHO warns