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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 Cannes in 1978 and the César Award in the same year for Best Foreign Film.


The Wild Party

By Peggy Downing

An American poet from the 20s who wrote two lost and neglected Jazz Age classics, epics of debauchery and depravity, "The Wild Party" and "The Set Up". The Wild ...

Search for yield

By David Martinez Miera - Rafael Repullo

Discussions on the connection between the level of interest rates, incentives to search for yield, and financial stability have been prominent over the last ten years or so. More recently, ...

Beijing tightens the screws

By Stein Ringen

The Chinese state is now more ideological and more repressive than ever since the days of Mao. The new leadership has, however, shifted the balance of rule. The new leaders ...

The state of climate-related negotiations

By Brian Flannery - Jaime de Melo

With 2015 set to break global temperature records, this December ministers will convene at the UN meeting in Paris and the WTO meeting in Nairobi to continue climate negotiations.

Arts & Culture

The idea of Europe in its coffee houses

By George Steiner

Those wishing to meet Freud or Musil, knew precisely in which café to look... When the lights go out in Europe, in August 1914, Jaurès is assassinated in a café. ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated himself to creating an offering to Lord Buddha, in the Thai City of Chiang ...

Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Political Tours

Political Tours