Turkey’s Elections

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics

Turkey is more like Hungary than Sweden, more like Russia than France. The winner is certain. Erdoğan will be president and the AKP have an absolute majority. With or without manipulation, with or without violence. June 2015: for the first time since 2002, no party had an absolute majority in parliament. The governing AKP (Justice […]

Relaunching French –a very messy business

By Alessio Colonnelli in Arts and Culture

When France’s president Emmanuel Macron appointed prominent, Morocco-born author Leïla Slimani as his personal representative with a wide remit as Francophone affairs minister last November, perhaps he didn’t initially grasp the full extent of his own linguistic proposal. His campaign to revive Molière’s language – and open up France to writers who use French worldwide […]

Who is the winner in post-ISIS Syria?

By Seyed Ali Alavi in Politics

October 2017 was the moment of reaping the whirlwind as the de facto capital of the self proclaimed Caliphate in the Syrian territory fell to US backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The recapture of Raqqa has its symbolic significance. Raqqa was portrayed by ISIS as the revived version of the old Caliphates of the Umayyad (661-750 […]

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

By L K Sharma in Features

It was a grand family reunion. The head of the family opened her magnificent home for the members coming from all over the world. She won them over by a charming smile and the display of her wealth. Her wish became her command. The Queen and her Government, suspicious of revolutionary fervour, easily convinced the […]

Russia haunts the western imagination

By Ivan Krastev in Politics

If a Martian were sent to earth with a secret mission to figure out the trends of world politics, he would certainly be puzzled by the outsized role that Putin’s Russia plays in the 21st century imagination of the west. Almost half of Americans tend to believe that Moscow rigged the 2016 US presidential election; […]

The Aral Sea Disaster

By Liu Zichao in Environment

The bulk of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in western Uzbekistan, is deserted, the landscape marked only by a few scattered settlements. Once the Amu River flowed through here, from the oasis of Khwarezm to the Aral Sea, the world’s fourth largest lake. Now the Amu is no more than a crease on the map, petering […]

Marx and modern microeconomics

By Samuel Bowles in Economics and Finance

Economists, looking back, have not found much to admire in Karl Marx, the economist, the bicentennial of whose birth we commemorate next month. John Maynard Keynes referred to Capital as “an obsolete economic textbook [that is] not only scientifically erroneous but without interest or application to the modern world” (Keynes 1925). Paul Samuelson’s judgement – “From the viewpoint […]

Is the US heading towards Fascism?

By Joost Douma in Politics

If the use of the word “Fascist” is just meant as a smear, than I think, we can agree that it is meaningless just like the word “Nazi” (often mentioned together without any further distinction). If we use the term fascist or Fascism to weigh whether we will see a comparable development in the US […]

Newsletter – March 2018

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to the Global Dispatches, This month, Tarek Osman, the author of “Islamism: A History of Political Islam” (Yale, 2017) and the international bestselling book “Egypt on the Brink” (Yale, 2010).  writes on what is making England anxious. He has written and presented several BBC documentaries including the Radio-4 series “The Making of the Modern Arab […]

England is Anxious

By Tarek Osman in Features

England has been anxious for some time. Economically, England has done well for itself in the last two decades. But London’s disproportionate wealth relative to the rest of England, combined with the fact that London has effectively become an international, as opposed to an English, city, make many in the country feel that even if […]

Sex and Charity

By Rafael Vilasanjuan in Features

What I am about to say may offend certain sensibilities. In fact, I hope they are offended. It is very likely that the women, some of which without a doubt were minors, that had sex with Oxfam workers in Haiti, did so to obtain resources that otherwise would have been out of their reach. They […]

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

By Emmanuel Dalle Mulle in Features

In recent years many commentators have pointed out the rise of separatist parties in much of Europe. This is clear in Catalonia where, after having organised an unrecognised independence referendum in October last year, pro-independence forces have again won a majority of seats in the regional Parliament at the December 2017 elections. But this phenomenon […]

Baudelaire’s Parisian Scenes

By Daniel Finch-Race in Arts and Culture

‘Le cygne’ is the eighty-ninth poem in Les Fleurs du mal and the fourth piece in the ‘Tableaux parisiens’ series, created for the second edition of the work in 1861. The bipartite piece is the only poem of the section to feature a titular non-human protagonist, and is the first of three sequential poems addressed […]

Brazil’s Political Carnival

By Eduarda Fontes in Politics

Brazil has been portrayed in the Anglo-American world as either one of the BRICS countries, emphasising its rising power status, or as the country which most colourfully and exuberantly celebrates its Carnival. Now that the country is in the midst of a political and economic crisis, you would have thought that it can always count […]

The Syrian Kurds at a crossroad

By Alan Hasan in Politics

The situation for the Kurds today is reminiscent of the times of the Sykes-Picot agreement and the Sever and Lausanne treaties at the beginning of the last century. As in all exceptional moments in the history of the region, there is much talk about the nature of the Kurds’ belonging to the countries where they […]

Statues are not safe in India

By L K Sharma in Features

Violent political activists in India, used to attacking fellow humans, have now turned their attention to statues. Within a week they demolished or damaged the statues of Lenin, Ambedkar, the Dalit icon, and Periyar, the social reformer who fought against upper-caste hegemony. In India statues of leaders command an immense political significance which now characterises […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe