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Gold as Monetary Arbiter – Modern Monetary History

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor looks at the evolving role of gold and how central banks have (mostly) learned that in the absence of the discipline of gold, their principal job is to protect the financial stability which alone confers value on scrip money.

 

My Father, Ezra Pound

By Alessandra Quattrocchi

An interview with Mary de Rachewiltz, daughter of Ezra Pound, from her retreat in the Italian Tyrol. "My father always managed to be on the wrong side"

In the Medina

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Green is the colour of Islam, presumably because it is emblematic of paradise. Fertility in a climate of extreme heat...

Putin’s Patriarch

By Astrit Dakli

The Orthodox Church is filling a political void left by the collapse of the party system in Russia. Kirill I, the Patriarch of Moscow, is forging stronger links with the ...

Restoring the Mosaics of San Vitale

By Livia Alberti

The VI century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna is a unique example of Byzantine art and culture. In recent times an important conservation project has restored the basilica’s mosaic ...

Arts & Culture

Tree of the Wooden Clogs

By Robert Arnold

Robert Arnold looks back at Italian director Ermanno Olmi's masterpiece "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" (L'Albero degli Zoccoli), winner of 14 awards including the Palme d'Or for Best film at ...

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

Mud Brick Architecture of Yemen

Yemen has a unique architectural heritage. ...