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The meaning of Dunkirk

By David Elstein

David Elstein, director of three episodes of the seminal “The World At War” series, finds Dunkirk to be a powerful film but one shorn of historical context. Here he fills in the vital gaps – and finds some curious anomalies.

 

Hyper-political anti-politics

By Andries du Toit

Are we standing on the brink of a new kind of nihilistic governmentality, where politics is turned into perpetual theatre, disconnected from any kind of coherent government programming?

Brazil in the labyrinth

By Juliano Fiori

As Brazilian politics increasingly escape rational explanation, both the left and and the right get lost in the labyrinth of history.

Dubai and Gwadar: economic war in the Gulf of Oman

By Tariq al-Shammari

The expansion of Gwadar port in Pakistan is a game-changing venture that would reformulate the economic agenda of the entire region.

Transition to clean technology

By D. Acemoglu, U. Akcigit, D. Hanley, W. Kerr

It wasn’t long ago – just last year, in fact – that a German car executive described Tesla Motors as “a joke that can't be taken seriously compared to the ...

Arts & Culture

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

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