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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Following the sentencing, Erin Duggan Kramer, Vance's deputy chief of staff, said in a statement that the district attorney's office recognised the freedoms of speech and assembly as "bedrocks of our personal liberties" that were "deeply entrenched in our city’s culture". Claiming that "great leniency" had been shown to Occupy members charged with minor offences, Duggan Kramer said: "This defendant chose to take her case to trial, and was convicted by a jury of her peers for a violent felony.” … [Read more...] about Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in jail
Downing Street said the prime minister would highlight educational partnerships, with 155,000 Chinese students currently in the UK worth an estimated £5bn annually and 9,000 young British people studying and interning in China, with numbers up 60% since 2013. However, May has historically been resistant to any further easing of student visa restrictions or to demands from some cabinet colleagues to exclude student numbers from the migration statistics. … [Read more...] about UK and China ‘won’t always see eye-to-eye’, says May before trade trip
“I sometimes wish that first of all people could see the prime minister the way that she’s seen in other countries in terms of the vision that she’s put forward for Britain and, secondly, I wish they could see Britain in the way that the rest of the world sees us and not the some of the internal commentators in the UK.” … [Read more...] about Theresa May presses Xi Jinping on plastic waste at Beijing talks
It said there was no clear guidance on where AFR Locate could be used and who could be put on a watchlist, a data protection impact assessment was deficient and the force did not take reasonable steps to find out if the software had a racial or gender bias. … [Read more...] about Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful