Video highlights of a debate over the future of the BBC with Greg Dyke, Lis Howell, Liz Forgan, Helena Kennnedy, David Elstein and Anthony Barnett, on trust, legitimacy, universalism and how to pay for them regarding Britain's public service broadcaster.
The Labour leader has set out his defence of the Union in a speech that appealed to his party to recognise England and show pride in the English. But is this enough, with Scotland considering independence and the English question waiting to explode?
In the third piece of our series on Fukushima (see Fabian
Schäfer and Andy
Chih-ming Wang) the Japanese anthropologist and cultural critic begins by
thinking that he will have to go very far indeed to find words and memories
strong enough to rival the actual phenomenon of this disaster. But as he mourns
the passing of the Martinican philosopher, Édouard Glissant, the island of
bliss gradually returns to him.
In an open letter to the BBC's future Director General, Nick Fraser, editor of the internationally renowned documentary series Storyville, calls for an embrace of online resources as the focus for a renewed strategy to defend liberty and assert long term vision.
strategy is clear: gain the support of the silent majority and you don’t have
to care about revolutionaries or their foreign contacts. The regime’s
tactics are also clear: create chaos, blame it on the revolutionaries and claim
that support of the regime is the only way back to stability.
As Britain remembers Queen Elizabeth's ascension, how has Scotland changed since 1952? A glance back in time to the archives of The Scotsman newspaper reveals a past with much to say about the nation's present and future.
The festivities of the ‘Great British Summer’ are steeped
in ideas of monarchism, timeless heritage and monoculturalism. What is forgotten
are the continually striking encounters of peoples and histories which have made
and continue to make the country today.
definition democracy is a permanent deception, as imminent problems are made manifest and no immediate response is offered to them. Moreover, pressure of this sort
can only become stronger as the grass always looks greener on the other side of
As the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee, the vast discrepency between its 'community focus' and the unshamed corporatism of London 2012 is glaring. The Olympic Organising Commitee should learn a thing or two from this weekend's celebrations and hand over the Games to the commons.
As the UK celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the 'national' rhetoric is that of a royal Britishness. Peter Tatchell examines the moral and social arguments against this conflation, suggesting the space for a new civic identity via republicanism.
Few individuals are willing to brave the disapproval of their countrymen and the wrath of their society. But Manal Al Sharif, a Saudi woman, has been courageous enough to stand up strongly for women's rights in the face of overwhelming hostility.
BBC has been criticised by several groups for its pro-Government stance during
coverage of the run up and implementation of the NHS reforms. Alongside
previous accusations of its left wing bias, this debate raises important
questions about the institution’s capacity to fulfil its mandate of
Talk of a pact with criminals is beyond the pale in Mexico’s presidential election campaign. But the tentative success of a deal with gang leaders in one of Central America’s most violent countries suggests the time may have come to explore a new style of negotiations aimed at reducing appalling levels of violence.
As the UK gears up to the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games, the 'Great British Summer' is beginning. But behind the pomp and dazzle, big questions loom. What is 'great' and 'British' about these celebrations? Do they belong to the British people? OurKingdom invites you to investigate.
Bringing together the victims of
crime and those who have harmed them has been shown to reduce re-offending and
bring relief to the sufferers, but Lizzie Nelson says the the UK still lags behind
best international practice
The campaign is launched today for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Here are seven suggestions for an independence agenda that looks beyond the constitutional to embrace the economic, cultural, democratic and international.
For the UK and
beyond, the tensions between ‘green growth’ and the ‘steady state’ continue to
battle it out as the main models of an environmentally responsible economy. As
the UN's Rio summit approaches, the question of whether economic growth can be
reconciled with environmental constraints remains an open one.
The predictably low turnout of the UK’s recent local elections highlights the extent of Britain’s ongoing democratic deficit. Solving this by sortition - in which the populace are called upon to govern via a lottery - has been disregarded as a naive and idealistic fantasy. But Matt Hall argues this solution is more valuable and viable than its critics have suggested.
In the digital age, how does government deal with rumour in a
crisis? After Fukushima, the anti-rumour strategies of the
Japanese government led some to question which party, the masses or the government was more involved in the dissemination
of rumours. Dominant political thinking considers rumours merely a threat to be
contained. But if you allow emotions into the picture, you could reach a very
different conclusion, one that requires a return to Rousseau’s general will.
reform will only exacerbate weaknesses elsewhere in the Chinese system, since everything is connected... Fenby isn't just right about the biases and simplifications that are commonplace in airport-book ‘polemics’ about China - he is right for the right reasons.
The link between ‘karamah’ and ‘al hurriyah”, the
call for dignified existence and the rejection of oppression has given birth to
a further crucial concept – that of the social responsibility of public
authority. This cannot be achieved
by maintaining the economic polices of the old regimes.
Can we imagine how real-time online direct democracy might improve the following: freedom of speech; the democratic process; the accountability of the government to the electorate; fairness and the rule of law?
The UK's media and universities have for too long fostered a destructive antagonism. But in a context in which both institutions are facing vast structural changes, establishing a more productive co-operation is urgently needed to prevent these vital democratic bodies becoming mere instruments of capital.
In the third andfinal event in Arab Awakening's 'Tahrir Square Meme' series, Charles
Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and
African Studies, provided a feast for the mind and the eye in his exploration of the power of art in the Arab Spring.
My friends in teaching jobs in
Afghanistan and Korea or aid organizations in Bangladesh, nearly all returned
to the United States, to ask themselves hard questions about their educational
pursuits or their student loans. Suffering offers infinite growth. But faith is
like a blanket, only large enough to keep so many children warm.
There is still a solid social cushion in France if we compare it to other European countries. But the pressure for work-hour productivity – one of the highest in the world – oppresses generations of digital cognitive workers.