There can’t be many pensioners from East Kilbride who are Commanders of the Republic of Chile. It is a safe bet that there are only three: Robert Somerville, John Keenan, and Bob Fulton. Back in March 1974, when they were union shop stewards at the town’s Rolls Royce plant, the three men – and thousands of their co-workers – were responsible for virtually grounding the air force of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who had seized power just a few months before in a savage CIA-backed coup. The documentary ‘Nae Pasaran’, screened in Portree last weekend, tells the story of how these principled trade unionists came to be awarded the highest honour the Republic of Chile can bestow upon foreigners. With much of the world appalled by the overthrow, in September 1973, of the democratically-elected socialist Government of Salvador Allende, it fell to Bob Fulton – a burly, no-nonsense Christian with wartime experience of fighting fascist … [Read more...] about ‘Nae Pasaran’:When Scottish workers stood against a fascist dictator
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121 Comments By Thomas Gryta and Thomas Gryta The Wall Street Journal BiographyThomas Gryta @tgryta Google+ [email protected] Ted Mann Ted Mann The Wall Street Journal BiographyTed Mann @TMannWSJ ted.mann Google+ [email protected] Dec. 14, 2018 9:00 a.m. ET They came by the dozens in luxury sedans, black Ubers and sleek helicopters. As they did each August, General Electric’s most important executives descended on a hilltop above the Hudson River for their annual leadership gathering. Just an hour’s drive from New York City or a short flight from Boston, Crotonville, N.Y., is the home of GE’s management academy, famed for culling and cultivating a cadre of leaders the company saw as its most valuable product. Crotonville is where Jack Welch, GE’s larger-than-life former chief executive, held his lecture sessions in “The Pit,” a large sunken auditorium where he coached the future CEOs of companies such as Boeing and Home Depot . … [Read more...] about GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out
Sure as night follows day, every new presumed Russian atrocity – the Skripal poisoning, for instance – brings the hoary old accusation in its wake. Russia is on a fast track back to the Cold War Soviet Union, or indeed – woe is us – is already there. The claim comes with various adornments: today’s Russia is a totalitarian dictatorship; Vladimir Putin is a latter-day Stalin. Russia’s double objective, so it goes on, is to oppress its own people and divide and conquer the west in the shape of Nato or the European Union. Today’s more discerning cold warriors accept that the present ice age is different in many respects from the old. But they still insist that the confrontation of two blocs representing diametrically opposed values systems (open vs closed, altruistic vs selfish, defensive vs aggressive, free vs enslaved, good vs bad) is in essence the same. A bear may smile and wave its paws in the air, but it is still a bear. Let me start with an … [Read more...] about The Cold War is over. Someone needs to tell the west
This belies the role's significance. Far more multifaceted than many of the "plum jobs," it is one of three binomial ministerial roles (ie "the Minister of X and Y")**, but crucial to the running of the modern Estonia so often marketed internationally.It was thus timely to catch up with Riina Sikkut — the second-newest minister, only starting work in May and being sworn in at the same time as Minister of Public Administration Janek Mäggi (Centre) — to tell us about the situation now, in the future, to provide practical info, as well as to correct some misconceptions about the Estonian health service.Arriving at the newish so-called Superministry building on Suur Ameerika Street just south of Tallinn's city centre, I couldn't ignore the looming general election (Riina Sikkut's loyalties are to the Social Democratic Party, or SDE, one of three governmental coalition parties) and the concurrent jostling for position. How the somewhat charming and immensely likeable Ms … [Read more...] about Interview: Riina Sikkut on health, labour, equality and her role
For Brits in Europe, Brexit has become the overriding political concern in the last two and a half years. There are officially 308,000 Brits registered in Spain, although some estimates for the total population of Brits in the Iberian nation range up to one million. A recent study of 18-35 year-old Brits in Spain shows that while more elderly, settled populations are extremely vulnerable to Brexit, in the case of younger British citizens “a strong sense of familiarity with uncertainty was spoken of with a sense of adventure and freedom.” While “others taking part in the research appear to be primarily concerned that Brexit threatens their ability to continue their lives on the same terms as previously, for these younger citizens, there is a far stronger sense of detachment from feeling personally affected by Brexit,” states the report by Brexit Brits Abroad. Nearly 80 per cent of UK citizens living in the EU are of working age and under. “Brexit is … [Read more...] about How are young Brits in Spain adapting to Brexit?