Link Loving 31.03.11

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We Have More Heroines

March 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

We often hear about the need for more heroines in public life. But in reality – they already exist, but have too easily been hidden by history.

This article by Camille Sarret in Le Monde Diplomatique (£) is a tour de force of stories about women who we really ought to have heard of – some current, some from the past.

  • Malalai Joya – the youngest female MP between 2005 and 2007 and a human rights leader in Afghanistan. In the moment of the video below, Malalay knew that she would never again be safe. She was only 25. She writes, “they will kill me but they will never kill my voice, because it will be the voice of all Afghan women.” There’s a wonderful interview with her here, and part 2 is here.
  • Huda Sharawi – founded the Egyptian Feminist Union in 1923 and became a leading nationalist. In 1929 she caused a scandal by getting off the train in Cairo without a veil. Only months later, large numbers of Egyptian women went unveiled on a demonstration against the British colonial power. She led Egyptian women pickets at the opening of the Egyptian Parliament in January 1924 and submitted a list of nationalist and feminist demands. She remained active throughout her life, working on peace, disarmament and womens rights until her death in 1947.

  • Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay – a member of the aristocracy in Indian society in the first half of the 20th century and one of the leading feminist anti-colonial voices in India. She stood alongside Gandhi and Nehru in the national struggle for independence, and was the person who convinced Gandhi to allow women to join the famous salt marsh. She was the first Indian women to be arrested after entering the Bombay Stock Exchange to sell contraband packets of salt. She later became an advocate for the importance of handicrafts and cooperative grassroots movements for the empowerment of women in modern Indian society.


Portugal And Youth Unemployment

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Some Portuguese Fado music, with a financial crisis theme. Just wait for the audience reaction once they start hearing the lyrics…

I am of the generation without pay, and this condition does not bother me.
What a fool I am!
Because it is evil and will continue.
There is a chance I could intern.
What a fool I am!
And I’m thinking, what a world so silly, where to be a slave one must study.
I am of the generation ‘parents’ house.
If you already have everything, what to ask for more?
What a fool I am!
Children, husband – I’m always put off and I still wanted the car to pay.
What a fool I am!
And I’m thinking, what a world so silly where to be a slave one must study.
I am of the generation ‘I will complain to me for what?’
Is there anyone worse than me on TV?
What a fool I am!
I am of the generation ‘I can not anymore!’
This situation lasts too long and I’m not silly!
And I’m thinking, what a world so silly where to be a slave one must study.

Music: ‘Que Parva Que Eu Sou’ by Deolinda

Hello Old School, This Is The New School Calling #2

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Link Loving 30.03.11

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • The Ecologist’s guide for turning clicktivists into activists. Christine Ottery.
  • Campaign to block Canadian tar sands oil coming into the EU looks positive – final weeks will see intense pressure from Canadian lobby. Shawn McCarthy.
  • Lord Lawson’s misleading climate claims challenged by top scientific adviser. The story revealed by the Carbon Brief busy bees. Daniel Boffey.
  • Social Innovation Camp 2011 is now open.
  • A quiet revolution in China’s capital markets. James Ahn and David Cogman.
  • Who are the Libyan rebels? Fascinating piece in the New Yorker by Jon Lee Anderson.
  • Re-writing the Arabic narrative, and shifting the Western paradigm. Hayrettin Yucesoy.
  • Income inequality and violent crime – what’s the correlation? The Equality Trust.
  • An investigation into the relationship of our brain’s reward system and the bottom line. Michael Moss.

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The Dutch Way Of Handling Bankers Bonuses

March 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

*Warning: brief moments of national pride ahead*

Dutch bank ING had to take public money to stay afloat during the financial crisis. Months later, it’s senior team was awarding itself bonuses – even while the bank was still endebted to the taxpayer. Sound familiar?

But the good people of Holland raged on Twitter, and plans for direct action against the bank started to take shape – forcing the CEO to hand back his bonus, and leading to a popular campaign for a high-pay cap, and re-energised moves to tax the financial industry as austerity measures hit.

Ronald Plasterk, a Labour politician, takes the kind of line you’d want to see from more Labour politicians in the UK. He does it in Dutch though, so good luck with that.

Richard Wachman has the full story in The Observer. (Although his best ‘view from a Dutch person’ comes from someone who works in the English-language bookshop…)

Link Loving 29.03.11

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

We Stop Hate

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Hello old school, this is the new school calling.

We Stop Hate is a youth-led, online platform to empower young people to overcome bullying. It’s about teen esteem, conflict resolution, sharing experiences and stopping hate.

This is how you do online engagement – tell stories, let others build on that with their own, and more than anything – be real.

Eight Questions And Ten Recommendations

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Alex Evans has a new report for Action Aid on the futures for development – but it’s really a look forward for global politics, economics and society. This blog post sets out the eight questions the report raises, and the 10 recommendations it puts forward.

It’s the kind of thing you wish you could write yourself – absolutely brilliant. A taster of the headlines, but read the full thing here.

Eight critical uncertainties for development in 2020

  1. What is the global balance of power in 2020?
  2. Will job creation keep pace with demographic change to 2020?
  3. Is there serious global monetary reform by 2020?
  4. Who will benefit from the projected ‘avalanche of technology’ by 2020?
  5. Will the world face up to the equity questions that come with a world of limits by 2020?
  6. Is global trade in decline by 2020?
  7. How has the nature of political influence changed by 2020?
  8. What will the major global shocks be between now and 2020?

Ten recommendations for the next ten years

  1. Be ready (because shocks will be the key drivers of change)
  2. Talk about resilience (because the poor are in the firing line)
  3. Put your members in charge (because they can bypass you)
  4. Talk about fair shares (because limits change everything)
  5. Specialise in coalitions (and not just of civil society organisations)
  6. Take on the emerging economies (including from within)
  7. Brings news from elsewhere (because innovation will come from the edges)
  8. Expect failure (and look for the silver lining)
  9. Work for poor people, not poor countries (as most of the former are outside the latter)
  10. Be a storyteller (because stories create worldviews)

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