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Eritrea: War, Women and Aid

As Scotland considers her future it is worth looking around at other nations which have pursued national liberation from an ostensibly benevolent neighbour.  One of the most interesting examples of this is Eritrea, who gained nation status in 1993 after a 30 year war of independence from its neighbour Ethiopia.  Eritrea is a fascinating wee country – ethnically diverse with eight major ethnic groupings, and with a religious split between Muslim, Christian and Animist followers, yet with sufficient national identity to maintain an ideology of liberation which saw them through a long and brutal war.

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Thatcher: A Feminist Retrospective

With the Iron Lady released in cinemas last week, prompting protests by some of her victims, there has been a wave of renewed interest in the evil cunt, including attempts to portray her as some kind of feminist icon. Thatcher was no feminist icon – she had no feminist principles and once explicitly stated that she owed nothing to feminism, clearly situating herself outside the struggles of generations of women who had fought for equality.  She was however a woman, and consequently not immune from the sexist and macho attitudes.

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When Marx met Bakunin

Most Marxists and Anarchists are aware of the historical tensions which led to the collapse of the First International at the Hague Congress in 1872, there is however a very interesting story behind the schism.

In August 1872, Marx was aware of the tensions that were emerging between groupings in the First International and of the contributions that he had made to the schism. Fearing that fictitious splits may become a real one, he sent a telegram to Bakunin
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How we will see the past in the future

I saw a really interesting bit of technology at the SLF in September – using a Sony PSP with a gocam, small matrices could be used to create augmented reality displays using a system called Second Sight.

The whole concept of augmented reality is an facinating one. AR is primarily used in the military for heads up displays where information can be added to a scene to provide additional information beyond the visual, and anyone who has watched the Terminator films will have at least a passing familiarity with the idea. I have to say that I found their demo of a dragon appearing on mats a touch gimicky, and I wasnt entirely convinced by their attachment of MP3 files to textbooks to read out the text of speeches although no doubt english teachers could see the benefits. What did interest me however was the prospect of attaching codes to historical monuments, ruins and museum exhibits.

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