Which brings us the real reason that the triumph of 26 August 1920 was anticlimactic. By 1970, second-wave feminists had barely begun to find traction in seeking equal financial, legal, medical and personal rights – none of which had significantly improved since 1920. As radical feminist Shulamith Firestone wrote in The Dialectic of Sex: “By the time the vote was granted, the long channeling of feminist energies into the limited goal of suffrage – seen initially as only one step to political power – had thoroughly depleted the Women’s Rights Movement. The monster Ballot had swallowed everything else.” … [Read more...] about Suffrage review: epic retelling of US women’s long battle for the vote
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Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution has no singular leader – the protesters come from a huge swath of Hong Kong society, and have a range of demands – but it does have a handful of de facto spiritual guides. They can be divided into two camps. Leaders of the influential protest movement Occupy Central with Love and Peace – Benny Tai, Chan Kin-Man and Chu Yiu-Ming – are generally middle-aged, politically experienced, and self-restrained. This older group may have been eclipsed by student leaders Joshua Wong and Alex Chao. They tend to be more idealistic, headstrong, and social media-savvy than their elder counterparts. … [Read more...] about Who guides Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ pro-democracy movement?
The document gives a firm commitment to a post-1997 Hong Kong retaining its own currency, handling its own trade and tariff deals with the outside world, running its own shipping and airlines, continuing to employ British experts in an English-speaking civil service. The impression which emerges is that the past two years of arduous negotiations in Peking set in motion a process which has wrought a profound change in Chinese thinking. … [Read more...] about From the archive, 27 September 1984: China’s 50-year pledge on capitalism in Hong Kong
In December 2010, Cheung passed his shares in Harvest Sun to Li for just $1. A lawyer for Cheung said the company had contained no assets at the time of transfer. He explained: “Our client had no relationship with Ms Li, who was introduced to our client by some business partners for taking up the company without the need to set up another shell company herself. Our client considered the consideration of the transfer reasonable as the company was only a shell company with no assets inside.” … [Read more...] about Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility
They first made the case for outsourcing in bins. During the gloomy, stagnant days of big government in the 1970s, economists crisscrossed the US, Europe and Japan to find out what happened when cities hired private companies to collect their rubbish. It was a no-brainer. In the US, Steve Savas, a champion of privatisation who later joined the Reagan administration, found that New York’s sanitation department only worked half the time. A team in Japan recorded savings of 124% when towns outsourced their refuse services. Private companies were more productive and had better trucks. In the mid-1980s, the Institute for Fiscal Studies carried out a survey of 309 British councils and found average savings of 22%, and no reduction in quality, when they used private dustbin men. This evidence became an important basis for the 1988 Local Government Act, which introduced competitive tendering for around £2.5bn in local services in the UK, and launched the British outsourcing market. … [Read more...] about Can Winston Churchill’s grandson save Serco? And is it worth saving?