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China leader promises ‘unprecedented’ reforms at key Party meeting | Reuters

(Reuters) – A top Chinese leader has promised “unprecedented” economic and societal reforms at the Communist Party’s much anticipated plenum meeting next month, state media reported on Saturday. Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-ranked member in the elite Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party, said the closed-door meeting would “principally explore …

London Olympics protests: What’s behind the shocking suppression of free speech at U.S. political conventions and the Olympic Games? – Slate Magazine

What’s behind the shocking suppression of free speech at U.S. political conventions and the London Games? Remember back when large public events were also the locus of large public protest? As we stare down the barrel of the Olympic Games and the two national political conventions this summer, it’s fair …

Battle for 250,000 votes is joined in the 51st state of America they call Britain – Americas – World – The Independent

James Cusick joins the Democrat volunteers campaigning to mobilise the expat vote For John McCain’s 2008 London fundraiser it was the plush Spencer House in St James, once the home of Princess Diana’s ancestors. Four years on from Mr McCain’s defeat, the Republicans’ latest attempt to recapture the White House …