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[eccr] Signs of the Times Election Special

Sat Apr 23 15:12:47 GMT 2005

>Please circulate as widely as possible
>New Discussion Papers on the Signs of the Times web-site
>As part of Sign of the Times preparation for the general elections, we 
>have several new papers which consider important policy areas in the 
>election campaign.
>         "     Oscar Reyes looks at the likely implications for 
> privatisation and surveillance of the 2012 Olympic Bid.
>         "     Neal Lawson searches for signs of Social Democracy in New 
> Labour
>         "     Jeremy Valentine dissects the debate around managerialism 
> and the meaning of New Labour's 'modernisation'.
>         "     Kerry Moore and Joanna Zylinska consider New Labour's 
> politics of immigration.
>Signs of the Times
>Signs of the Times is an independent, self-financed collective which 
>exists to provide a space for the free circulation and exchange of ideas 
>on the left, outside the confines of the academy and not limited by party 
>loyalties or sectarian ideologies.
>We are seeking to expand our base of contributors to our on-line 
>discussion papers which explore current cultural/political issues. Broadly 
>speaking, these discussion papers provide more space for analysis than is 
>generally provided by a newspaper article, but are shorter and more 
>accessible than a piece in an academic journal. Therefore, we also often 
>publish pieces based on academic journal articles or conference papers 
>which the author has re-worked.
>Articles to date have included Doreen Massey on globalisation, Mark Curtis 
>on the Iraq War, Paul Kingsnorth on the global justice movement and Stuart 
>Hall on New Labour, alongside features about the politics of music, the 
>meanings of terror, an interview with Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn, and 
>an exploration of the world of management self-help theory.
>We very much welcome contributions about the politics of culture, in its 
>broadest sense, as we are not simply looking for pieces on hard 
>politics. Contributors to date have included - but are by no means limited 
>to - academics, NGO workers, policy makers and journalists. The articles 
>need to be connected to contemporary events and issues.
>Contributors guidelines:
>- We publish fairly lengthy, reflective magazine-style articles of 
>approximately 2-4,000 words.
>- A short bibliography and/or hyperlinks to further reading and connected 
>websites after the main text is encouraged. If you need to reference in 
>the text itself, please use the Harvard system (Author, year of 
>publication: page no) rather than footnotes or endnotes.
>- Please include an abstract or summary of your article of around 100-200 
>words, together with up to 5 keywords, and a short biographical note of 
>around 20-30 words.
>Please contact the content editor, Jeremy Gilbert on, or submit completed 
>papers to, (info /at/
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>Café Diplo
>Signs of the Times is not planning any 'live' events at the present time, 
>but we thoroughly recommend the events organised by the London Friends of 
>Le Monde Diplomatique. See 
>for more details, and see below for listings.
>Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Cafe Diplo at the French Institute, 17 
>Queensberry Place SW7. Tube South Kensington. 10.30 am. £3, concessions 
>£2, members free. Info 07984 178 193
>Richard Gowan, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre, discusses the new EU 
>Constitution in relation to the forthcoming referenda. Richard is an 
>expert on European Strategy and the politics of the EU in Britain. He has 
>written extensively on European issues and is a regular commentator on 
>CNN, BBC News and World Service. The Foreign Policy Centre is a think-tank 
>launched to develop a vision of a fair and rule-based world order. In 
>2004, in association with MORI, it published 'The Referendum Battle', the 
>first comprehensive study and analysis of British attitudes towards the 
>Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Cafe Diplo at the French Institute, 17 
>Queensberry Place SW7. Tube South Kensington. 10.30 am. £3, concessions 
>£2, members free. Info 07984 178 193 or see our website 
>North Korea's isolation and nuclear capabilities have become a prominent 
>focus of international attention and of US foreign policy, but information 
>about the country remains very limited in the West. Dr Jim Hoare, who 
>retired from the Diplomatic Service in January 2003, was in a unique 
>position to learn about the country since he established the British 
>Embassy there in 2001. He has also served in South Korea (1981-85) and in 
>China (1988-91). He is now a consultant on East Asia, and regularly 
>broadcasts and writes about the region. He and his wife, Susan Pares, have 
>just published A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia 
>(Routledge: 2005), and North Korea in the 21st Century: A Critical Guide 
>is due to be published by Global Oriental shortly. He is the current 
>president of the British Association for Korean Studies, and is an 
>Honorary Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, 
>University of London, and of the School for East Asian Studies, University 
>of Sheffield.
>Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Cafe Diplo at the French Institute, 17 
>Queensberry Place SW7. Tube South Kensington. 10.30 am. £3, concessions 
>£2, members free. Info 07984 178 193
>A recent audit revealed that asylum seekers, on average, have higher 
>qualifications than the British population, and are able to make a strong 
>contribution to the economy. Yet the worst human rights abuses in the UK 
>are committed against refugess and asylum seekers. The government has 
>denied them the right to work, and a rising number are refused benefits, 
>ending up on the streets. Former MP Keith Best is Chief Executive of the 
>Immigration Advisory Service, which provides free legal advice and 
>representation to people with immigration and asylum problems. Named in 
>the Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public service 
>in the UK, he will unravel the complicated immigration imbroglio.

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