Monday, March 21, 2016

Michael Mears presents 'Comrades in Conscience'

 Comrades in Conscience

An evening commemorating the courage of Britain's First World War conscientious objectors through drama, song, and talks.

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Tickets available from Conway Hall's event page at:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dexter Whitfield and the UN

A new UN report mentions our colleague Dexter Whitfield, from his 2010 work Global Auction of Public Assets.

The report, entitled Public-Private Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Fit for purpose?, references Dexter on page 1:

'Whitfield (2010) provided a survey of PPPs around the world, showing how the model has been adapted to the economic, political and legal environments of different countries in Europe, North America, Australia, Russia, China, India and Brazil. It also examined the growing secondary market in PPP investments, “buying and selling schools and hospitals like commodities in a global supermarket” (p. 183) as well as the increasing number of PPP failures, usually as a result of investors’ “miscalculations; states pick up the tab when they walk away”. It found cases of deceptive techniques of assessing value for money (VfM) and manipulations of risk transfer so that PPPs appear to out-perform traditional public provision. Most importantly, Whitfield claimed that PPPs undermine democracy by systematically reducing the responsibility, capability, and power of the state.'

A full version of the report is available here:

Global Auction of Public Assets: Public sector alternatives to the infrastructure market & Public Private Partnerships
Dexter Whitfield

Published by Spokesman Books
Paperback £18 (ISBN 978085124773)
ePub £11.99 (ISBN 9780851247847)

Both available from our website, Spokesman Books.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

ZABELLIANA: Life & Art of Zabelle Boyajian

Life & Art of the Magnificent Polymath 
Painter, Poet, Playwright, Translator, Multi-Linguist
(b. 1872, Diyarbakir, d.1957, London)

Speaker: Khatchatur I. Pilikian

Joint public meeting, Wednesday 6th April 2016: 7.30pm-9.00pm
Talk and slide show 
Free to attend (retiring collection)

Marx Memorial Library
37a Clerkenwell Green
London EC1

Residing in London in early 1900, Zabelle studied at Slade School of Fine Art. She becmae the author of the first play in the English language, Gilgamesh, a Dream of the Eternal Quest, published in 1924, based on the Sumerian epic poem, Gilgamesh, of the second millennium BC.

Zabelle's mother, Catherine, was a kinswoman of the poet Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), and of the Egyptologist Samuel Sharp (1794-1881). Zabelle's father was Thomas Boyajian, the British Vice Consul in Turkey (victim of the Hamidian genocidal massacres of 1894-1896).

After the world was engulfed in the total war of WW1, culminating in the Genocide of the Armenians in 1915, Zabelle fought back by publsihing, in 1916, her Armenian Legends & Poems - another first in the English language. Soon, the noted Shakespeare scholar Sir Israel Gollancz invited her to contribute a poem - which she did - commemorating the tercentenary of the Bard's death, in a book he edited, titled, Book of Homage to Shakespeare, published in late 1916. Hence, ZABELLIANA in 2016.

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