Newsletter – September 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month we have the Vice President of Bolivia Álvaro García Linera expounding his belief that revolutions come in waves. We publish his address to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires; René Lefort, the author of “Ethiopia. An heretical revolution?” explains that there is every […]

A flashpoint in South Asia?

By L K Sharma in Politics

Pakistan and India are engaged in a war of words at the highest level. Unusually provocative statements have been made by the two Prime Ministers. The area of contest and conflict has been widened. The TV channels in the two countries beat the war drums every night. Pakistan queered the pitch when it saw India […]

The ‘Ethiopian Spring’

By René Lefort in Politics

The Ethiopian leadership remains in denial. The long meetings of its ruling bodies have culminated in a report on 15 years of national “rebirth”, in which it awards itself good marks, while acknowledging the existence of a few problems here and there. Nonetheless, the odd warning signal may be heard – though very seldom – […]

The ebbing Latin American tide

By Álvaro Marcelo García Linera in Politics

I would like to reflect on what is happening, on what I see happening in the continent. We are facing a historical turning point. Some are talking about a throwback, about restorers moving forward. The truth is that in the last twelve months, after ten years of intense progress, of territorial diffusion of the progressive and […]

Lorca: 80 Years in a Mass Grave

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture

«Dadle café, mucho café!» When José Valdés Guzmán, the Gobernador Civil of Granada phoned General Queipo de Llano in Seville to ask him what was to be done with the prisoner Federico Garcia Lorca, the general’s reply was unequivocal. The café in question was not coffee – Quiepo de Llano was in fact referring to […]

Europe needs its own Alexander Hamilton

By Sylvester Eijffinger in Economics and Finance

Currently the ECB is taking strong criticism from bankers and economists on one side, and from citizens and politicians on the other. That is a new experience for the ECB, which has been more accustomed in the recent past to having its actions hailed with cheers. Investors have responded to the meltdown in the return […]

The oil market in the aftermath of the price slump

By Rabah Arezki in Economics and Finance

Oil prices have decreased by about 65% since their recent peak in June 2014 (Figure 1). This dramatic and largely unexpected (Baumeister and Kilian 2016) collapse in prices has sparked intense debate over the causes and consequences. Arguably, the dynamic adjustment has changed the oil market structurally, leaving it quite different from the past. In […]

Ireland and Brexit

By Patrick Honohan, John FitzGerald in Politics

Editors’ note: This column first appeared as a chapter in the VoxEU ebook, Brexit Beckons: Thinking ahead by leading economists, available to download free of charge here. Listen to Patrick Honohan discuss Ireland and Brexit in the Vox Talk interview here. Ireland is the remaining EU country most exposed to Brexit. When Britain decided to join the […]

Newsletter – August 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month, we have a review of a translation of Turkish author Burhan Sönmez’s highly acclaimed “Istanbul Istanbul”; Yanis Varoufakison the IMF’s own admission by the IMF Independent Evaluation Office that the institution immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup; Daniel Akech Thiong on South Sudan “a country where a […]

Burhan Sönmez’s “Istanbul Istanbul”

By Bobbie Letterman in Arts and Culture

There are two Istanbuls – one above ground and one below. Yet in reality they are one and the same. Four men share a tiny cell in an underground torture centre in the bowels of Istanbul. By mutual consent no-one gives away much about themselves or the reasons that brought them here. However  between the […]

IMF confesses it immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup

By Yanis Varoufakis in Features

What good is it to have a mea culpa if those officials who imposed such disastrous, inhuman policies remain on board and are, in fact, promoted for their gross incompetence? Dear friends, This week began with a debate in Greek Parliament called by the Official Opposition (the troika’s main, but not only, domestic cheerleaders) for […]

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter in Arts and Culture

August’s selection includes: 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, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Tõnu Naissoo Trio, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band, the Exciters from Panama and Hossein Alizadeh.  See you next […]

“Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea” by Teffi

By Lev Myshkin in Arts and Culture

In 1918, just after the Russian Revolution, Teffi was a literary celebrity in Russia.  Despite the ongoing Civil War between the Bolsheviks and the White Army and the general confusion that reigned in the country, Teffi, which was the literary pseudonym for Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, accepted an invitation to read her work in Odessa, Ukraine.  […]

Politics of fear in South Sudan

By Daniel Akech Thiong in Politics

The South Sudanese political landscape has become frighteningly unpredictable. It is nearly impossible to address one crisis without another more serious one cropping up. The political risks were low while the economy boomed, but became high once it began to crash under the weight of a trinity of shocks to the polity: South Sudan’s suicidal […]

Migration – follow the money

By Mark Akkerman in Features

Over 3,000 migrants have died at sea on their way to Europe this year, up from about 2,000 in the same period last year. Facing such a horrific death toll, one would expect the main response would be to do everything to prevent such deaths, notably by providing safe routes for people to seek refuge, […]

A Preview of The Coming War on China

By Maki Sunagawa - Daniel Broudy in Features

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, documentary filmmaker and author. He has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism. His films have won television academy awards in Britain and the US. Two of his films, on Cambodia and East Timor, are rated with the most important of the 20th century. The Coming War on China is his […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art





Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe