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Encounter at the crossroads of Europe

By Will Stone

Stefan Zweig was one of the most famous writers of the 1920s and 30s. Will Stone explores the importance of the Austrian’s early friendship with the oft overlooked Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren.


The BRICS bank

By John Weeks

Professor Emeritus, John Weeks, at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London on the BRICS nations intention to create their own bank. "They say it’s going to ...

Long-term damage of the Argentinian debt ruling

By Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel, the Harpel Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government explains that the US court ruling forcing Argentina to pay its hold-out creditors has big implications.

German Brazilians in Southern Brazil

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere

German immigration to Rio Grande do Sul is celebrating its 190th anniversary this summer. Despite the ban on German schools and institutions during World War II, German or rather, the ...


By Geoffrey Heptonstall

"It is easy to confuse sophistication with civilisation. Sophistication can be a soulless exercise in superiority rather than an appreciation of cultivated taste for its life-enhancing qualities." The ability of ...

Arts & Culture

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for July 2014. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Tõnu Naissoo Trio, John ...



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Travel Writing

Travels Through Rural China

Returning to China after several years absence, Olga Jazzarelli describes the dramatic changes in China's social, cultural and physical landscapes ...

Travel Writing

Tiger, tiger … nowhere in sight

The Chitwan National Park in Nepal is famous for its Royal Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinoceros, but the wonderful creature ...

Political Tours

Political Tours