Waves of uprisings like those of 2011-12 are rare. In 1848, most of the liberal-nationalist insurgencies of Europe and Latin America were crushed. Many defeated Germans ended up in America, where they supported the anti-slavery cause. Some defeated rebels, like Richard Wagner, veered hard right. Gustave Flaubert withdrew from politics. Britain’s Chartist movement peaked, but most of its programme was subsequently passed. Some of the 2011-12 activists of Tahrir and Gezi have been murdered, jailed, hospitalised, or exiled. Others scramble to find continuations. While appreciating what the movements accomplished, many realise how isolated they were (“Cairo is not Egypt”, as the astute Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey warned in March 2011). No grail to compensate for the isolation of passionate democrats has been found. … [Read more...] about Where are the Occupy protesters now?
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Residents in Victoria are under various levels of lockdown as it struggles to contain an outbreak that has for weeks seen hundreds of new cases confirmed every day. In central Melbourne, people who are not essential workers may leave their houses only to grocery shop (one person per household per day) or exercise for an hour. There is a curfew in place from 8pm to 5am. … [Read more...] about Global report: New Zealand begins mass testing as Australia records deadliest day
The arrest report continued: "Based on the facts of the case, there is probable cause to believe that [the boy] did violate FSS 784.081 (2c) by actually and intentionally striking [the teacher] against her will." … [Read more...] about Mother of special needs boy, 8, filmed being cuffed by cop in school files civil rights lawsuit
'As much respect as I have for her as a dance teacher and as a person and, of course, with everything she’s going through right now, what she said was horrible,' Chloe added, referring to Abby's battle with cancer that she has since beaten. … [Read more...] about Former Dance Moms stars, including JoJo Siwa and Mackenzie Ziegler, blast the ‘traumatizing’ reality show – as Nia Sioux brands coach Abby Lee Miller ‘the biggest bully in America’
'It is obviously very easy for Australia all to express our gratitude and thank you for presenting us with this award, but I think we all know that this is neither the time nor the place for that,' joked Shaun in his signature dry humour. … [Read more...] about The Project’s Waleed Aly wins Gold Logie and fights back tears as he recalls emotional moment he was approached by a man called Mustafa…who told him he wanted him to win because his name prevents him from getting a job