Archive for June, 2016

Hopes for democracy crushed in the Chinese rebel village of Wukan

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

By James Pomfret WUKAN, China (Reuters) – Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village-wide elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts. Villagers have been marching in protest every day since the middle of June in a fresh flare-up of unrest, but the so-called “Wukan model”, with authorities seemingly taking a more tolerant approach toward unrest by kicking out corrupt officials and allowing a free vote, appears to have been a […] Read More →

Classical Music Listings for July 1-7

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

Photo The composer and performer Tyshawn Sorey begins a six-night residency at the Stone on Tuesday. See listing below. Credit Loren Wohl for The New York Times A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area. Full reviews of recent classical performances: A searchable guide to these and other performances is at Classical Music Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday) Among the slim pickings in the classical schedule this week, Bargemusic offers hearty fare. Friday’s concert blends Brahms’s viola sonatas — transcribed from the clarinet versions — with Schumann and Joel Friedman; Andrew Gonzalez is […] Read More →

Queen marks centenary of Battle of the Somme as overnight vigil held at Westminster Abbey

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

Dr Chartres highlighted the Abbey’s overnight vigil which followed the service and was centred on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior – the first time the place of worship had hosted such an event since the peace vigils for the Cuban Missile Crisis more than 50 years ago. He said: “As we keep our vigil by the graveside of the Unknown Warrior who represents all those who perished in the Great War, it is for us to remember the fearful beginning of the battle of the Somme and to salute the courage and sacrifice of those who went over the […] Read More →

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