Palestine: Imperial failures and their consequences

By Yair Svorai in Politics

With Israel’s Independence Day celebrations and the Nakba Day just over, the Palestinians rapidly approach a double anniversary – the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, and the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. It is long past time to weigh the fateful consequences of these crucial events […]

Portraits of Pain

By Geoffrey Heptonstall in Arts and Culture

By chance my first sight of Spain was the Basque town of Gernika. The plane flew in from the Atlantic on its way to Bilbao. Below was not only Spain but a town whose name has a resonance that made the sight of it more an act of reverence than of casual interest. Here was […]

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture

The Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih was considered a genius of the modern Arabic novel, despite the fact that he wrote very little. His unassailable reputation rests on the international success of one book: Season of Migration to the North which was first published in Arabic in 1967 by a Lebanese publisher. This book was eventually […]

Newsletter – June 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month, to mark the 50 years of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, we publish an interview with one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, Jan Egeland as well as a discussion of Palestinian nationhood by Yair Svorai the creator of the Israeli […]

Interview with Jan Egeland

By Ana Garralda in Features

Almost a quarter of a century ago, representatives of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) signed the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (13 September 1993) which culminated in the signing of what became known as the Oslo Accords. Norwegian Jan Egeland still remembers it well. He was one of the […]

Of sacred cows and profane men

By L K Sharma in Features

On landing in any country with his notebook and pen, V. S. Naipaul wants to know what the people are talking about. If he were to come to India today, he would find the national discourse dominated by the cow. Many people demand that the cow be declared the “national animal”. Many more publicly address […]

Iran’s precision engineered elections

By Potkin Azarmehr in Politics

For the presidential candidates, the Guardian Council does not actually disqualify any of the candidates, but the twelve unelected members appointed by the Supreme Leader, concoct a short list that includes not only the candidate they deem most suitable to be the president for the next four years, but also the rival candidates. In order […]

Something’s rotten in the United Kingdom

By Nick Clegg in Politics

It’s a delight to be here on a Saturday morning in the middle of possibly the most listless, soulless, and dreary general election campaigns I can ever remember. So the title of our session “what do we do about our democracy?” is very, very timely. I will, in the short time available try and explain […]

Adults in the Room, by Yanis Varoufakis

By Paul Tyson in Features

“ ‘There are two kinds of politicians,’ he said: ‘insiders and outsiders. The outsiders prioritize their freedom to speak their version of the truth. The price of their freedom is that they are ignored by the insiders, who make the important decisions. The insiders, for their part, follow a sacrosanct rule: never turn against other […]

Old country, young president

By Patrice de Beer in Politics

The election of a 39-year old president represents no less than a sea change in a country as traditional as France. The country of the French Revolution, the Motherland of Human Rights, as the French love to call their nation, remains unwilling and uneasy confronted by inexorable change. Blocked by her own contradictions between lofty […]

Thoreau and I

By Wei An in Environment

Thoreau’s name is forever linked with his book Walden. The first time I heard about the book was in the winter of 1986, when the poet Hai Zi told me that it was the best book he had read that year. Before that, I knew nothing of the book nor of Thoreau. Hai Zi had […]

Autocrats Have an Ally in Trump

By Phyllis Bennis in Politics

President Donald Trump’s speech last week in Saudi Arabia was touted as opening a bold new strategic plan, a Trump-style answer to President Barack Obama’s historic 2009 speech in Cairo. The speech, given at the Arab Islamic American Summit, was the centerpiece of Trump’s Middle East junket, his first trip abroad as president. It was […]

Newsletter – May 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month Yanis Varoufakis discusses the inevitability of the introduction of Universal Basic Income; Joanna Lewis and Li Shuo look at the task facing China to take up the mantle of leadership in the climate change debate; Umut Ozkirimli, Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies […]

Why Turkification will never work

By Umut Ozkirimli in Politics

For all the hype surrounding it, the outcome of the 16 April constitutional referendum in Turkey was, ‘officially speaking’, a foregone conclusion. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, overbearing president of the republic and the architect of the draconian draft that has been presented to the people, had made it clear that he would accept no expression of […]

Nuclear waste: Planning for the next million years

By Ruby Russell in Environment

It’s been over 60 years since the first nuclear power plant was switched on in Russia and exactly 31 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Yet despite the decades-long history of nuclear power, most countries still haven’t agreed on a way to safely store nuclear waste. Leading the way is Finland with the world’s first […]

Why universal basic income is a necessity

By Yanis Varoufakis in Economics and Finance

In this video former finance minister of Greece, professor of economics, author and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), Yanis Varoufakis, argues why the Basic Income is a necessity today. His arguments take into account a macro socio-economic, psychological, philosophical and moral perspective. Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece, […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe