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  • As the world gets ready for Rio, what was the true London 2012 legacy?

    As the world gets ready for Rio, what was the true London 2012 legacy?

    Sidharth Bhushan | | Culture
    A major feature of London’s winning bid for the 2012 Olympics in Singapore was a promise to deliver on a five-pronged legacy plan. This plan included making transport ‘bold’ and a volunteer spirit ‘that lasts’, however in reality, the two main legacy aims of London 2012 were to regenerate the ...
  • My Myanmar Days

    My Myanmar Days

    Jenny Nicholson | | Culture
    Deputy Director, Jenny Nicholson, reports on a recent trip to Myanmar.Will Aung San Suu Kyi become President? That is the question on everyone’s mind. Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency as she has foreign children. Negotiations are taking place with the Chief of Staff for the change ...
  • Can satire beat real life?

    Can satire beat real life?

    Tim Knox | | Culture
    I have just been sent, by Clapham Picturehouse, an invitation to “In Conversation with Russell Brand: a frank discussion between Russell Brand and the Guardian’s renowned journalist and commentator Owen Jones”.While it is wonderful that political debate, wherever it is on the political spectrum, is broadcast to a wide audience, ...
  • Moral relativism feeds extremism

    Moral relativism feeds extremism

    Adam Memon | | Culture
    In his recent column, Boris Johnson makes the point that moral relativism abandons children to the clutches of extremism. He is right.When angry crowds marched through Dhaka last May, we might have assumed that they were protesting against pervasive corruption or were demanding economic reforms after a building collapse disaster ...
  • The Olympics, good and bad

    The Olympics, good and bad

    Professor Deepak Lal | | Culture
    The Games may have shown off Britain, but were bread and circuses for a declining empire, says Deepak Lal, the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California.In London, the last two weeks have been dominated by the Olympics. With the terrorist scares, predicted traffic chaos, an announced ...