The Global Dispatches

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China – climate hero or villain?

By Joe Curtin

China’s efforts to peak Greenhouse Gas Emissions and move away from coal means other large emitters have no excuse for inaction, writes Joe Curtin of the Institute of International and European Affairs.


Time to fight for the BBC

By Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of the Telegraph explains that George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC. They are launching a concerted assault ...

The crisis of democracy in Japan

By Shujiro Yazawa

Shujiro Yazawam Professor Emeritus from Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University in Tokyo expains that Japan is on the brink of changing from a pacifist state to one prepared to go ...

Publisher of the European Renaissance

By Mario Infelise

Aldus Manutius is the man who transformed the printed book into the most effective tool for the accumulation and dissemination of human knowledge of the last five centuries.

North African diversities

By Francis Ghilès

A fascinating personal account by Francis Ghilès, senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He recounts the many strands of his singular and very Mediterranean life - ...

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