On Buddha's birthday

15 May 2005
Today, people in Korea and elsewhere are celebrating the birthday of the Buddha.

In England, a bright spring day. The rough winds of May have abated.

A line from John Berger: "the naming of the intolerable is itself hope" (quoted by Dan Gretton of Platform at an event on absurdity).

Earth's Climate Embraces Us All.

Listen up!

From the Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke:

life holds mystery for us yet. In a hundred places/we can still sense the source: a play of pure powers/that -- when you feel it -- brings you to your knees.


Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

As COVID rates across the country surge, how can we hold our leaders accountable? Meet the lawyers, journalists and politicians leading the charge in our free live discussion on Thursday 1 October at 5pm UK time.

Hear from:

Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy, and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Jolyon Maugham Barrister and founder of the Good Law Project.

Layla Moran Liberal Democrat MP (TBC)

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy

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