A non-violent road-block protest by teachers at the National Pedagogical University “Francisco Morazan” in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, calling for increasing the minimum wage, reinstatement of fired workers, and payment of past-due contributions to a pension and benefits fund, ended with teargas, beatings, and arrests.
WilderUtopia: Coexisting into the Great Unknown, By Jerry Collamer
On the plains of Montana, down the hill from the Little Bighorn National Monument, is the annual Crow Fair. Thousands of tipis are set up along the Little Bighorn River, said to be the largest gathering in the world. As well, an array of Native American singers and dancers appear over the four-day event in late August.
Called Astana, it is the world’s latest example of a rare but persistent type, the capital built from zero. It is in a line that includes St Petersburg, Washington DC, Canberra, Ankara and Brasilia and like them it provokes a question: can a city, in all its teeming complexity, really be planned? Or does the attempt lead only to a synthetic simulacrum, a kind-of city that is not quite the real thing?