Russell Brand, poor Essex lad turned Comedian and Actor, remains a divided figure throughout the electorate; YouGov's poll in November 2014 showed that 46% of Britons had a negative view of Brand, compared to 13% who felt positively about the comedian. However, one cannot deny he has inspired thousands to question the current system we are living under...
Shaikh Ali Salman is a political heavyweight in Bahrain. He has led Al-Wefaq, the largest political party in Bahrain for over ten years, and on 27 December 2014, he was once again re-elected as Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq at the party's General Assembly. The next day, Shaikh Salman was summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department, where authorities detained him.
I feel that Brand thinks that one glorious October, we will finally overthrow all tyranny and injustice everywhere and everything will be brilliant and we can all make love in a big field somewhere while John Denver sings to us. I know that's silly and reductive and dismissive. But, in the absence of a coherent plan, we are all forced to try to extrapolate What Would Happen Next.
It's not a task you throw yourself into light-heartedly, this revolution lark, but I've been preparing for it since birth. The moment I sprang from my mother's loins, I gave the midwife a sly wink (she was a bit of a sort) and immediately set about learning the ways of the world and Mother Nature (another sort).
Brand has undoubtedly empowered some of the politically apathetic young to criticize and question - like Tony Benn did on Da Ali G show - and such an achievement shouldn't be denigrated simply because one man doesn't have all the answers. The reality is that the young are often disinterested in politics and it might just take someone weird and wacky to offer them some sense of hope.
Would it surprise you to learn that most of Britain's newspapers are owned by one man? A Mr Rupert Murdoch. I would be so bold as to guess your answer is 'no'. After the phone hacking scandal of earlier years it has become somewhat engrained and accepted into the public domain that Mr Murdoch does in fact own, what I would say, is an unfair share of the UK's (and America's) media outlets.
Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swooped into Hong Kong's Mong Kok Occupy encampment in the early hours of this morning. Police and street cleaners removed barricades and tents, leaving pro-democracy protesters restricted a smaller area of Nathan Rd in Kowloon, occupying the southbound side only.
The revolution is here. But, unlike our predecessors, who witnessed mass changes in cultures via whispers in their community after the event, we're watching it unfold in front of our eyes. And what is it that's changing this time? Well, the very fundamentals of business strategy and commerce itself. Although instead of waiting to see what's happened, we're online and in the thick of it. Watching the revolution in real-time.
The Holy date of 25 May, the day of presidential elections in Ukraine, the country's territory is becoming smaller and smaller. Indeed, the elections will not take place in Crimea, rightful territory of Ukraine which was proclaimed by Putin and his gangs of separatists as part of Russian territory. Even after a failed referendum, it seems like the eastern part of Ukraine is not going to participate in the vote as well, as half of the polling stations are already occupied by separatists in the Donbass region. The country is in the middle of a war with an exterior enemy but Ukrainians say that the elections have to happen anyways!
It gives me no pleasure to say this: revolutions are often in vain. It is, alas, too easy to be swept up in the excitement of young protesters taking control of the streets... TV cameras blinking down from the balconies of nearby hotels give us the impression of a people in revolt, an unstoppable wave of protest, sweeping away oppression and corruption.