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Thursday 17th February 2011

The 'Spring of the Arab peoples'?

The 'Spring of the Arab peoples'?
Description
1848 witnessed the 'Spring of the peoples' with almost all of Europe contending with revolutionary movements. Are we set to see 2011 remembered as the 'Spring of the Arab peoples'? After Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution', Egypt is on course to achieve radical regime change.
Date:
Thursday 17th February 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 20th January 2011

Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' and its aftermath: defining new expectations for the Arab world?

Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution' and its aftermath: defining new expectations for the Arab world?
Description
Tunisia is well known for its dream-like Mediterranean beaches, but it has never hit the British headlines for its vibrant political activity – since independence in 1956, it has been traditionally easy to anticipate election results, as the country has only had two presidents in 54 years. That was until an unemployed grocer, Mohamed Bouazizi, immolated himself in the small town of Sidi-Bouzid on 17 December.
Date:
Thursday 20th January 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 4th November 2010

Nobody won in the US midterm elections

Nobody won in the US midterm elections
Description
That might seem a strange statement, given the biggest Republican gains in the House of Representatives since 1948 and some high-profile victories in the Senate as well as state Governor's campaigns. It certainly doesn't fit with the repetitive theme of 'stunning defeat' (CNN) and 'dismal night' (BBC) for President Obama. But walk a bit further beyond the 65-seat swing to the GOP (the 'Grand Old Party'), giving them a majority of 51 in the lower house of the Congress.
Date:
Thursday 4th November 2010
Categories:
Arts and Law
Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Is civic society really in decline?

Is civic society really in decline?
Description
The 'big society' assumes that government alone cannot solve complex social problems. Instead, by expanding the opportunities for civic participation, it is hoped that an active citizenry will play a greater role in tackling problems that affect communities. The package of policies is predicated on the notion that there has been a decline in civic participation and that this can be attributed to the dependency culture encouraged by 'big government'.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Categories:
Arts and Law
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