Newsletter – August 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, Dani Rodrik, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University looks at the economics that underpin the populist backlash; Prem Shankar Jha, a New Delhi based author and journalist explains why the climate change cause is not lost; Natalia Antonova on the power of the films of […]

Behind The Saudi-Qatari spat

By Ebrahim Deen and Na’eem Jeenah in Politics

The 5th of June decision by Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and their allies and proxies – Egypt, Bahrain, the Maldives, Mauritania and rival governments in Libya and Yemen – to sever diplomatic and other links with Qatar can be read as payback for Qatar’s support of the wave of uprisings […]

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova in Arts and Culture

When a top-down political system adopts fake news and general disinformation as policy, sincere sentiment can be automatically politicised — simply because it has a way of cutting through the bullshit. The same goes for humour, especially the really good and really pointed kind of humor. This politicisation isn’t just performed by the state itself. […]

Macron and absolute responsibility

By Patrice de Beer in Politics

French President Emmanuel Macron has won his ambitious and unlikely bet. After having been elected president last May at the age of 39, he now holds an absolute majority in the National Assembly, with 350 seats out of 577 – his own movement, La République En Marche (LREM), having 308 MPs, the rest being held […]

The Coming Conflict with Iran

By John Feffer in Politics

The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further? Donald Trump […]

The Spike in Killings of Mexican Journalists

By Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio in Features

“Let them kill us all, if that is the death sentence for reporting this hell. No to silence.” That was Mexican journalist Javier Valdez’s defiant reaction to the brutal killing of his journalist colleague Miroslava Breach, who was gunned down in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico this spring. Less than two months later, on May […]

Economics of the populist backlash

By Dani Rodrik in Economics and Finance

Populism appears to be a recent phenomenon, but it has been on the rise for quite some time (Figure 1). Despite recent setbacks in the polls in the Netherlands and France, it is doubtful that populism will be going away. The world’s economic-political order appears to be at an inflection point, with its future direction […]

The climate change cause is not lost

By Prem Shankar Jha in Environment

Until recently, the world had assumed that the US would lead the transition from an era of fossil fuel guzzling into a low carbon one. That belief died when the US withdrew from the Paris climate agreement on June 1. World leaders have done their best to minimise the impact this will have on the […]

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 […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe