Baudelaire’s Parisian Scenes

By Daniel Finch-Race in

‘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

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

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

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 […]

Crypto currencies don’t make sense

By Jon Danielsson in

I have been trying to understand what the point of cryptocurrencies is, without success. They may not be an immediate financial stability concern (den Haan et al. 2017), but I just don’t get them. As far as I can tell, they are supposed to be some combination of: • a type of money; • an […]

Proust and Scott Moncrieff

By William C. Carter in

This article was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. If you wish to reuse it please see: ======================================== Scott Moncrieff’s English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu is widely hailed as a masterpiece in its own right. His rendering of the title as Remembrance of Things […]

Newsletter – February 2018

By Allston Mitchell in

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month we have a review of Ahmed Saadawi’s “Frankenstein in Baghdad” which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction; Jaime Amparo explains why Lula poses the greatest threat to Brasil’s judiciary, he is the worst nightmare of this well-born and conservative group of white judges; Andrew Purcell describes how […]

“Frankenstein in Baghdad” Review

By Allston Mitchell in

Ahmed Saadawi has captured the imagination of Middle Eastern and Western readers with his reworking of Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein.  His book won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014 and has now been translated by Jonathan Wright. Frankenstein in Baghdad portrays the Iraqi capital in a state of disarray, a city occupied by US […]

Sisi’s Coronation and the Egyptian Opposition

By Maged Mandour in

With the advent of the Egyptian presidential elections, the regime has embarked on a systematic process of eliminating possible candidates who could run against President Sisi. The process started with Ahmed Konsowa, an army major who declared his intention to run in a YouTube Video. His announcement led to his arrest and six year imprisonment […]

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

By David Elstein in

The initial verdict of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the Fox/Sky deal was delayed by a month, as it was snowed under with submissions arguing that the deal should be blocked, primarily on the grounds that Fox’s many problems in the US showed it was not genuinely committed to high standards in broadcasting. […]

New York empties its jails

By Andrew Purcell in

For the first time since the 1950s, fewer than three hundred murders were recorded in New York last year. The number of manslaughters, rapes, assaults, robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and car thefts also reached a historic low. In total, fewer than 100,000 of these serious crimes were reported. Compare that to 1990, the worst year […]

Lula da Silva as a nightmare

By Jaime Amparo Alves in

The tenth edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index ranks Brazil as a “flawed democracy.” The magazine has lowered its score from 7.38 in 2014 to 6.86 in 2017. Although one should be skeptical about the taken-for-granted liberal notion of democracy and although one wonders if “flawed” is the correct word for an authoritarian, […]

France bids for climate leadership

By Ludovica Meacci in

Since President Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron has been keen to highlight the importance of climate change on the international stage. His well-known catchphrase: “make our planet great again”, is modelled after Trump’s 2017 campaign slogan, and signalled to the world France’s commitment to robust action on […]

What’s the impact of the East China Sea oil spill?

By Feng Jie in

Sanchi, the Panama-registered oil tanker that set fire after colliding with a Hong Kong freighter on January 6, sank at about 5pm on Sunday, according to a report by China Science Daily. CCTV reported that flames at the location where the vessel sank went out the following morning. Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of three […]

About Shakespeare

By Geoffrey Heptonstall in

What is it about Shakespeare? Where does the genius lie? Not in the plots, which were either borrowed or contrived. The tragedies are not tragic in the Classical sense. Shakespeare presents his tragic heroes with a moral choice. They are not destined against their will as in Greek tragedy. Oedipus stumbles blindly towards his fate. […]

Newsletter – January 2018

By Allston Mitchell in

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month Michel Serafinelli and Guido Tabellini trace the relationship between innovation and geographic areas, or ‘creative clusters’, examining data on famous births that reveals the dynamics of creativity in European cities between the 11th and 19th centuries; Afrah Nasser, the multi-award winning independent freelance Yemeni journalist, and founder and […]