Archive for May 19th, 2010

no money , no honey (no revolt?)

May 19, 2010

A website that kept a close eye on the parliamentary behaviour in the Commons is about to close. Revolts. provided very useful info on the behaviour and votes in the Commons, the discipline re the backbench rebels etc. Such monitoring, I feel, is always welcome especially under a coalition government. The reason for its closure? No funding…

‘Butcher’, a Chinese netizen activist

May 19, 2010

I am in favour of the spread of social networking services. They’ll probably become the future tools of accountability. Who knows? With interest I read the story of a Chinese social activist, Wu Gan, known as ‘butcher’, who uses social media to scrutinise the government, to identify the governmental misdeeds and call for further invenstigations. By tweeting, uploading videos, blogging the makes an effort to use the virtual world in order to change real lifes. I wish him good luck. (more…)

Irving Penn @ National Portrait Gallery

May 19, 2010

Glamour and mystery in the photos of Irving Penn. The camera hides and reveals at the same time the truth about famous people and famous moments. The game between reality and its absence is nicely represented by the camera.


Need to rescue the Euro-dream?

May 19, 2010

If Europe is meant to survive and develop, it is not only Europe itself but Japan and US as well that are about to celebrate. To celebrate what? The continuation of a dream, the maintenance of a hope that internationalism, international legal order and co-operation between nations can survive. Is that true? For Gideon Rachman (FT, 18th May 2010) both Japan and US (under Obama’s administration)  are (or were?) keen supporters of the ‘European Idea’. Is this belief to the ‘new world order’ as inspired by Europe to pass away due to recent economic crisis? Definitely saving the Eurozone is of first priority but to do so the restructure of the European governance is essential. It is not any rescue package (or bail-out if we prefer) that can provide a long-term solution to the problem. Before (or even after…)  we rescue the economies we need to rescue the dream, the European dream….