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Aung San Suu Kyi – A force for democracy in Burma, she is an opposition politician who spent 15 of the past 22 years in jail for her activism.

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Germaine Greer is an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature and is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century
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Rosa Parks – In December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, age 42, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. She was later known as the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement.
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Somaly Mam – a Cambodian author and human rights advocate, focusing primarily on needs of victims of human sex trafficking.
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Agatha Christie – British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary…

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Democratic Dictator

Inspiration via RD REVILO:

Notes on the Presidential sElection and America’s racist past

by RD REVILO

a politician’s colour does matter

Barack Obama

The recent Electile Dysfunction posts have made me think about race, and a politician’s colour, in a way that I hadn’t before.
I wanted Obama to win the first time, not just because he was brown skinned, but because of all that it represented. It felt like a victory for morality and common sense when he won. I’m not so sure now that he seems so keen on bombing people, but the original point still stands.

Marvin Rees

I hadn’t even noticed that Marvin Rees the Labour candidate was black until I saw him on-line when I was googling a bloggable picture. (No TV and black and white free papers does a lot for non-ascertaining perceivers.) He already had my vote by then; but it was a shock to read that he’d be the 1st black European mayor if he’d got in (which he didn’t, so he isn’t).
Really? Is our culture still that stupid?

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the 1st Bristol Mayor! a National Pioneer or Electile Dysfunction?

It’s Bristol’s 1st mayoral election Thursday!

We’re only one of a handful of cities who’ve been chosen to be able to vote for an elected mayor.
I think that makes us one of the lucky few.
Despite being general disillusioned in the UK Government, which doesn’t seem any better than America’s bitch, and skins the poor while benefiting the rich; I still think there might be some hope (please?)

Does your vote count?

Uhmm, if you live in Bristol too, I’d say yes.
I’m not convinced that election results aren’t already decided and that the whole business isn’t just for show. But even if it is more or less real, as the Guardian’s Zoe Williams says, “The best you can hope is that the right charismatic wins.” This says a lot about the machinations of politics, but it’s got to be worth a try to get the right person in for the job.

Talking to my neighbours and other dog walkers, it seems that expectations are varied.
From muted enthusiasm, to being “not interested”, to another saying she says she’s not bothering to vote coz her party never gets in. Isn’t that missing the point though?

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Electile Dysfunction

Politics and Religion Don’t Mix

I don’t tend do politics, especially not on this site.
But what started out as a brief post championing good moral values and Buddhist / spiritual beliefs in relation to politics, has spun off on a political tangent, with the bit of Buddhism I was going to expand on thrown in at the end.

I’m blaming the fireworks raging outside. It’s Bonfire Night here in England, the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes trying to blow up parliament. The mask of Anonymous and the Occupy Movement, is of course the face of Guy Fawkes, popularised the V for Vendetta graphic novel and movie.
Seems a good night to go on a political rant, doesn’t it?

Well, you’ve been warned…

But really, I don’t really think politics and religion mix that well.
Nagarjuna, a Buddhist master,  prayed never to reborn as a politician, because of the huge potential to create negative karma. Given how quickly even this post went askew, it’s easy to see how even with the best of intentions that can happen.

Gandhi would beg to differ though, saying that “in politics also we have to establish the kingdom of Heaven.” He considered “politics bereft of religion to be absolute dirt, ever to be shunned.”

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