Photo: Sean P. Anderson. Flickr. Let me begin with a broad and possibly controversial statement: we don’t have an effective movement for positive change in this country. True, there are many of us working for a new economics, or a new politics, or still struggling to make progress for ‘the environment’. We may self-identify as being part of the ‘progressive movement’, ‘environmental movement’, ‘new economy movement’, ‘new politics movement’, etc. But these disparate strands have yet to converge. Are there any among us who believe that now we have May, or the Tories, or ‘the neoliberal capitalist system’ right where we want them? That the tide is turning and our time is right around the next bend? Actually, yes there are. But we’re as susceptible to confirmation bias and cognitive illusion as those with whom we fundamentally disagree. And amongst ourselves, we can be as territorial about our work and … [Read more...] about CtrlShift: An emergency summit for change
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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is heading to Skopje on Thursday with a document containing a comprehensive proposal from Athens to settle a decades old name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The document, Kotzias said on Monday, “addresses all of our open issues with FYROM as well as a future agenda of cooperation that will bring gains to both sides. “I sent this agenda to Skopje several days ago,” he added. There are five names on the table for talks, which Kotzias will be discussing with his FYROM counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov. These are: Republika Nova Makedonija (Republic of New Macedonia), Republika Severna Makedonija (Republic of Northern Macedonia), Republika Gorna Makedonija (Republic of Upper Macedonia), Republika Vardarska Makedonija (Republic of Vardar Macedonia) and Republika Makedonija (Skopje) (Republic of Macedonia [Skopje]). The head of Greece’s junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks’ Panos Kammenos, … [Read more...] about Five names on the table for talks for FYROM
Superstar explains why the release of ‘Verna’ was a victory for all women, everywhere 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: VOGUE INDIA An unapologetic rebel in her choices, Mahira Khan represents a new generation of Pakistani women. The 33-year-old’s latest offering Verna released in November last year, after its fair share of controversies and bans. The film – which followed the story of a rape victim her quest for revenge – proved to be a bold condemnation of the way Pakistani society victimises women. “I was nervous about how it would work as a film as well as the performances but about the subject matter? Never, because I stand by it,” Mahira said, in a recent interview with The Guardian. PHOTO: FILE “There were certain aspects of the story that people did not agree with, but not about the core message of the film. Yes, Verna was going to get banned because of the decision of a small minority, but … [Read more...] about Pakistan is ready for change: Mahira Khan
THERE are moments during an interview where you listen intently, when clarity rains down from above and something clicks into place which is special. One of those moments came while I was listening to Hardeep Singh Kohli ahead of his Alternative, Fact UK tour which is coming to The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, on Friday, March 9. He was talking about Trump (this will be revisited later) when he said: "Trump could be the best thing which has happened to civilisation." Hardeep said the reason Trump (was a good thing) was he (Trump) had become unknown to himself a catalyst for change in the world such as the #metoo campaign and the way in which the NRA (National Rifle Association) was being investigated by journalists following all the gun shootings in America. What flooded into my mind was a speech from The Third Man given by Orson Wells as Harry Lime which went: "You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder … [Read more...] about Comedian asks question What has Donald Trump ever done for us? Answer: A positive catalyst for change….
A restructure would see the Birmingham League halved in size, with the number of divisions dropping from four to two and the number of clubs chopped from 48 to 24. Further changes would, meanwhile, see second XI teams moved back under the jurisdiction of the four regional feeder county leagues. An end-of-season play-off to decide which clubs from those four leagues are promoted to the Birmingham League would also form part of the new format. The proposals follow a wide-ranging ECB-led consultation and are aimed at ensuring the Birmingham League delivers the strongest standard of cricket possible, with the best facilities. A similar plan which would have seen the number of divisions reduced from four to two was narrowly rejected following a club vote at last January’s Annual General Meeting. League general manager Nick Archer explained: “Had the result of that vote been wider, it is likely the issue would have gone away. “However, the general feeling was that … [Read more...] about It’s time for change as ECB pitches in