John Berger, witness to the human condition

By Anthony Barnett in Features

The world is a much colder place. A source of indefatigable energy has completed its physical life. The fires John lit in so many of us will live on. None with his intensity. John’s laughter, over a table, down the phone, filled your lungs. Accompanying its shared pleasure there was always the thrill of menace. […]

Newsletter – January 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, Anthony Barnett looks back at the life of his friend John Berger; Richard Barwell examines just how exactly Central Banks set their interest rates; Sergii Leshchenko, a Ukrainian journalist and a member of the Verkhovna Rada looks at the current state of the Ukrainian revolution; Barbara Casu Lukac, Professor of […]

The top rich in Europe since 1300

By Guido Alfani in Features

In the renewed interest in long-term trends in economic inequality, particular attention has been paid to the share of income or wealth earned or owned by the top 1%, 5%, or 10%. The share of the richest is both interesting on its own terms (it shows us how ‘rich’ better-off people actually were), and as […]

Brexit and the banks

By Barbara Casu Lukac in Economics and Finance

The outcome of the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016 has raised many questions, including the evaluation of the ex-ante costs to the UK, the negotiation of new trade agreements, and the implications of reducing freedom of movement in the UK labour market. Yet, one of the most talked about issues relates to the potential […]

How Central Banks Set Interest Rates

By Richard Barwell in Economics and Finance

Central bankers habitually argue amongst themselves about the appropriate conduct of monetary policy; everyone knows that. The 24/7 coverage of central banks in the media and financial markets fixates on a never-ending intellectual tug of war between ‘hawks’ and doves’ within the central banks.  Academics use the dissent that we can see in the votes […]

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

By Sergii Leshchenko in Politics

Last week, as the world prepared for the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian MPs gathered in parliament at 10am, and departed 20 hours later. This legislative marathon happens every year, when, in a regime of secrecy and sleeplessness, Ukraine’s parliamentarians pass the budget for Europe’s biggest country. After all, when else can you carve up assets in […]

Catalonia revisited: farewell to great expectations?

By Patrice de Beer in Politics

It can sometimes be sensible to revisit oneself. Especially in this ever-changing and ever-deceiving world of ours. Just to remind ourselves, and our readers, that we are all fallible and, at times, carried away by hopes or fears. This was the case when, ten years ago, I wrote a piece on Ukraine’s first free elections […]

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter in Arts and Culture

August’s selection includes: Budos Band, Dead Combo, Ebo Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Carmen Amaya, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Galactic, Blind Willie McTell, Antonio Serrano and Albert Sanz, Frank Zappa, Ali Khattab, Allan Holdsworth, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band, the Exciters from Panama and Hossein Alizadeh.  See you next month. Try […]

Another arrested revolution in the East

By L K Sharma in Politics

Fidel Castro is dead but a leader determined to unleash a cultural revolution has risen in democratic India. On one dramatic night, an elected Prime Minister announces his decision to purge India of financial corruption and people the nation with honest citizens. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in one fell swoop, killed 86 per cent of […]

Newsletter – December 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month we have a report on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by Jon C Day, Alana Grech and Jon Brodie; an interview on the future of Europe with Quentin Peel, an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House and former foreign affairs editor with the Financial Times, a […]

Australia stalling on Great Barrier Reef protection

By Jon C Day, Alana Grech, Jon Brodie in Environment

At first glance, the progress reports on the Great Barrier Reef released last week by the Australian and Queensland governments might seem impressive. The update on the Reef 2050 Plan suggests that 135 of the plan’s 151 actions are either complete or on track. The Australian government’s apparent intention in releasing five recent reports is to reassure UNESCO that the Great […]

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel.

By Francesc Badia i Dalmases in Features

Francesc Badia i Dalmases: Quentin, what is happening? We seem to be witnessing turmoil all around the world. There is popular rejection of the political status quo in almost every continent. Is this the end of the liberal world order? Quentin Peel: I think it is less dramatic. When we had the global financial crisis […]

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

By Oscar Reyes in Environment

One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denial in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some potent imagery for how the devastation caused by his presidency might […]

Across the Namibian Desert

By Olga Iazzarelli in Travel Writing

Our journey began in Windhoek, the Namibian capital. We headed off across the desert aboard an air-conditioned, diesel-powered vehicle with reclining seats and sliding windows. It had a raised chassis, designed to keep clear of the dust and small stones thrown up by the wheels. I sat next to the driver Lutz Paschke, who was […]

Italy: the next domino to fall

By Michele Monni in Politics

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend – which started last summer with Brexit and was recently epitomised by the elections in the US – as Italy prepares to vote for a constitutional reform that many Italians perceive as a plebiscite […]

Xi’s “new era” of China-Latin America relations

By Matt Ferchen in Politics

By now, we should be accustomed to annual, high-level visits involving top Chinese and Latin American officials at which ambitious trade, investment and financial targets and deals are announced. Yet this year, Chinese media outlets are keen to stress that Xi’s visit, which began on Monday 21 and takes in Chile, Ecuador and Peru over seven days around the APEC summit […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art





Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe