- Four royal letters: The disclosure of lobbying letters from Prince Charles to ministers has been blocked, and lobbying continues in secret.
- Three safe seats: Some voters have more say than others, and some can't remove their MPs. More than half of the parliamentary seats in the UK are safe seats.
- Two posh boys: There’s a distinct lack of diversity in British politics. Just 22% of MPs are women and only 4% from minority ethnic groups.
- Patronage from the party: British politics is riddled with patronage and cronyism, from new political appointments to the House of Lords to knighthoods like Fred Goodwin’s, which he was forced to return for his disgraceful running of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Director, Unlock Democracy
Maya from the Inside:
The 13 Bak'tun as Challenge to the Western MindVictor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya)
Saturday, December 15, 2012
National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W.
December 21, 2012, signals the much-anticipated passing of the 13 Bak’tun in the ancient American indigenous system of time keeping. As we approach the Mayan Calendar day that marks the turn of eras, Dr. Victor Montejo offers a fascinating presentation on the deep meaning of Maya culture and history from the perspective of a noted Native scholar and author.
Victor Montejo is a Jakaltek Maya originally from Guatemala. Previously a professor and chair of the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Montejo now lives in Guatemala. He was formerly Minister of Peace in the Guatemalan Republic. Montejo also served as a member of the Guatemalan National Congress from 2004 to 2008. An internationally recognized author, Montejo’s major publications include Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village; Voices from Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History; Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Critical Essays on Identity, Representation and Leadership; Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Mayas; and Q’anil: Man of Lightning. His current projects focus on indigenous migration and transnationalism, as well as in developing a curriculum in Native knowledge and epistemology in his new manuscript, Mayalogue: An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures.
Video of this program will be broadcast live at www.nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts.