The Global Dispatches

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China must step up on climate leadership

By Joanna Lewis - Li Shuo

Where has the Trump administration left the US-China bilateral cooperation agenda?


French tragedy or farce: Part 1

By Philippe Marlière

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle's fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens' Revolution look like?

Gertrude Bell: the tragedy of her Baghdad letters

By Tony Curzon Price

A remarkable new documentary assembled from Gertrude Bell's letters read over archive footage makes us wish for what might have been.

Why is she “frit”?

By Anthony Barnett

What is the British prime minister afraid of? She is no longer a woman of her word, but a woman running scared, knowing she will have to compromise, afraid of ...

Elahe – Voice of an Angel

By Mitra Hooshiar

The life and music of legendary Iranian singer Elahe, discussed by Mitra Hooshiar. Born in 1934 in the ancient city of Yazd in central Iran, she enjoyed her heyday during ...

Arts & Culture

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”

By Bendicò

The story comes over almost as a religious parable for our times pitting Nazi-skins against homeless saviours of the night. There is no excuse for being inhuman, not even dire ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

Across the Namibian Desert

Accompanying us each day was the sun's flaming orb, rising each morning and setting each night - an unvarying ball ...

Travel Writing

Istanbul: The City of Four Seasons

"Istanbul is a city defined by water because its parts are separated by water. But the Bosporus is not merely ...

Political Tours

Political Tours