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Starvation and Cholera in Yemen

By Adil E. Shamoo in Politics, December 11, 2017

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. The war is taking Yemen back to the dark ages. It is an immoral war, and it is a humanitarian disaster. The United States cannot and should not participate in such a slaughter.

The web began dying in 2014

By André Staltz in Features,

It may seem as though nothing has changed on the web – but since 2014, Google and Facebook hace acquired direct influence over more than 70% of internet traffic. They’re not stopping there.

The State of the Market

By Joseph E. Stiglitz in Economics and Finance, November 23, 2017

The right balance between the role of the state and the market is key for susccesful development. In this video, Joseph Stiglitz explains why they should complement each other. This video was recorded at the UNU-WIDER 30th anniversary conference in Helsinki in September 2015.

How did 1917 change the west?

By Sam Greene in Features,

The Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London looks back at the significance of Russia’s 1917 revolution. “Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process”.

The origins of the Industrial Revolution

By Leander Heldring, James Robinson, Sebastian Vollmer in Economics and Finance, November 19, 2017

The Industrial Revolution is arguably the most important economic event in world history, and successful industrialisation continues to elude many developing countries today.

“The Constitution” by Rajko Grlić

By Lev Myshkin in Arts and Culture, November 13, 2017

Rajko Grlić’s latest film “The Constitution” is excellent, profound and moving. Set in a building where the political tensions of former Yugoslavia are played out with a mixture of hatred, good grace, solidarity and bigotry. An intelligent movie that must be seen.

The Soviet economy 1917-1991

By Mark Harrison in Economics and Finance, November 7, 2017

Russia’s Soviet era was distinguished not by economic growth or human development, but by the use of the economy to build national power. The education of women and better survival rates of children improved opportunities for many citizens, but Soviet Russia was a tough and unequal environment.

100 years after Balfour

By Peter Oborne in Politics, November 6, 2017

The reality which still shames Israel. Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel. The former chief political commentator of the Telegraph looks back at the historic declaration.

Global politics at a crossroads

By David Held in Politics, October 23, 2017

The retreat to nationalism and militant identity politics is counter to the process of accommodation that has underpinned world peace since the end of the Second World War explains David Held, professor of politics and international relations at Durham University.

Babiš’ Czech Republic: too thin a gruel?

By Michal Simecka in Politics,

There is always a chance that, owing to unforeseen domestic or external dynamics, the Czech Republic may yet slide into illiberal isolation. But it will be not be by design.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe