Chile protesters: ‘We are subjugated by the rich. It’s time for that to end’ Read moreSebastián Piñera made the announcement on Wednesday morning, telling reporters Chile would no longer be able to host November’s Apec trade summit and the COP25 UN climate conference the following month.
kristinekochanski 19 November 2013 5:53pmThis comment has been chosen by Guardian staff because it contributes to the debateA rat race is for rats. We’re not rats. We’re human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement.
This is how it starts, and, before you know where you are, you’re a fully paid-up member of the rat pack. The price is too high.
Jimmy Reid in 1972. More valid now than ever.
Katewashere 19 November 2013 7:05pmThis comment has been chosen by Guardian staff because it contributes to the debateGotta be Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech. Hands down the best political speech of the last ten years.
“Scoring a goal, you can’t celebrate properly as fans or players because you’ve got to wait two or three minutes before it actually gets given … you want the game to flow and, if a goal is scored, for the emotions to take over,” he said. “The less you see the VAR get involved in matches, the better.”
From this weekend, Brosque will get his wish. A memo issued to clubs says video referees should not “go looking for infringements that are by definition not match changing”.
Video assistant referees: everything you need to know Read moreVARs should only get involved in obvious mistakes or missed incidents, with a high threshold of intervention and a focus on match-changing situations. Video referees have also been stripped of the power to suggest changing yellow-card decisions to dismissals where the on-field referee has issued a caution.
Off-the-ball incidents will still be looked at.
In tweaking the system, the memo acknowledges the changes “are not completely in line with the trial protocol” agreed with Fifa for the trial. But the weight of criticism from an already small fanbase has forced FFA’s hand.
Shoutfromthebows 19 November 2013 7:24pmThis comment has been chosen by Guardian staff because it contributes to the debateOne of the speeches Martin Luther King made (but not the acceptance speech) when he went to Oslo to accept the Nobel Prize in 1964 : (can’t find a Youtube link – would love it if someone has one)
In particular when he talks about meeting the great people of the world. He says it is like being on a mountain top :
“This is a marvellous mountain top. I would love to stay here … but the valley calls me.”
“As I go back to the valley I go back with a faith … it isn’t a weak faith. It is the faith that evil triumphant is somehow weaker than right defeated … It is the faith that Mississippi the closed society can become Mississippi an open society … I go back with a faith that the mills of the Gods grind slowly but exceedingly fine … I go back with a faith that you shall reap what you sow.”
And on the recording I’ve heard someone close to the mike – no doubt looking out at the ranks of diplomats and dignitaries – say : “You tell ’em Mr King”.
kktheboy 19 November 2013 7:27pmThis comment has been chosen by Guardian staff because it contributes to the debateMandela’s “An Ideal for which I am prepared to Die” stands tall as one of the greatest speeches during Apartheid. Poignantly, the speech was delivered at the beginning of his trial in 1964. He opened thus:
I am the first accused. I hold a bachelor’s degree in arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961.
At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion made by the state in its opening that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did, both as an individual and as a leader of my people, because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said.
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