Landmark decision on affirmative action

Yesterday the US Supreme Court by a narrow margin ruled in favour of affirmative action. The court case itself as well as the ruling are proof of the continuing divisive nature of the issue of race in the US. To read more click here and/or here.

Posted by Julia Huber on 24 Jun 2003
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Spot the difference competition

Take a look at the cabinet from 1997 and compare it to the 2003 version. I can only spot three people who've stayed in the same job. The old BBC logo looks funny too.

Posted by Paul Miller on 18 Jun 2003
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Governing by learning

Geoff Mulgan has an interesting piece on openDemocracy that I urge you all to read. It's perhaps best summed up by the final paragraph:"The ultimate prize is that, in this emerging global commons, the governments which are quickest on their feet, most willing to adapt and learn, will be the ones that serve their citizens best."Tom will be responding via oD next week.

Posted by Paul Miller on 16 Jun 2003
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Money can buy you love

Here's a puzzle: how much money would you need to raise to elect a US president who's serious about campaign finance reform?I don't have the answer, but it seems an increasingly important question, as the New York Times reports. President Bush is anticipated to raise more in two weeks than all of the Democrat contenders put together have raised in the last three months. Scary.Read more.

Posted by Paul Joseph on 16 Jun 2003
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Going Digital

I went along yesterday to the BBC launch of some new figures suggesting Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is taking off in the UK. I have to admit that I can't really see how the new digital world of television radically changes us from being a nation of couch potato goggle box watching billy no-mates.... but that might just be me.

Posted by Paul Miller on 10 Jun 2003
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Ten dollars for every word you write

In case you haven't noticed, the boys and girls over the road are sponsoring another essay prize in conjunction with The Economist. This year the title is 'Do we need nature?' - 2,000 words are due by the 22nd August and you stand to pocket $20,000 if you win.In our youfs a few of us have won this kind of thing (although none of us have won that much!). It got me wondereing whether maybe we should run one? Pros and cons in the comments box please.Click here for more about the She...

Posted by Paul Miller on 05 Jun 2003
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Leadership is alive and well and living in Alabama

"I said in the campaign we'd never transform the culture in Alabama until we had an entire administration for whom re-election wasn't the pre-eminent thing," says the new Republican governor of that bastion of progressive, right-on thinking...err...Alabama.And it seems like Bob Riley means it. As Republicans in the White House and Congress push through a trillion dollar tax cut, Mr Riley has called for Alabama's largest tax increase ever: $1.3 billion, or 22 percent of t...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 04 Jun 2003
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stones and glass houses

John Reid on the Today programme criticised those who pay too much attention to 'rogue elements' in the security services. "Their position is not known. They have uncorroborated evidence. They were very small in number."And the sources on which we based the foreign policy of the government?

Posted by John Craig on 04 Jun 2003
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The Third Way to Nowhere

Check out Professor Paul Cammack's scathing attack on 'Tony Blair's favourite guru', Anthony Giddens and his book The Third Way.My favourite line is defininitely:"The John Selwyn Gummer of the risk society, he would compel us to bite into the beefburger of market forces."

Posted by Paul Joseph on 03 Jun 2003
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New word for the day

I've just learned a new word - heterarchies. Apparently, "Heterarchies are new forms of organization featuring collaborative structures, distributed authority, and asset ambiguity. This organizational innovation is a creative response to the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and the redefinition of markets and polities at regional and global scales. Heterarchies are characterized by the organization of diversity: an active rivalry of coexisting principles of evaluation a...

Posted by Paul Miller on 02 Jun 2003
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