The Big Chill: Tensions in the Arctic

By Conn Hallinan in

One hundred and sixty-eight years ago this past July, two British warships—HMS Erebus and HMS Terror—sailed north into Baffin Bay, bound on a mission to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. It would be the last that the 19th-century world would see of Sir John Franklin and his 128 […]

A world without alternatives

By Zygmunt Bauman in

Over the ruins of the Berlin Wall hovers the spectre of a world without alternatives. It is not the first time such a spectre has appeared; its seminal novelty, however, is the globalised nature of the world over which it hovers. In the centuries of territorial sovereignty and independence that followed the Westphalian settlement of […]

Palestinian options at the UN and the ICC

By Victor Kattan in

At last, it appears that the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 138-9 majority vote in November 2012 to accord Palestine observer state status might finally be bearing fruit. Sweden’s announcement that it will recognise Palestine, the House of Commons 274-12 majority vote calling on the British government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the […]

​Verdun, France and Europe

By Edward Chisholm in

To a French person Verdun needs no introduction; the battle that raged here in 1916 is part of some profound collective experience, a symbol of French identity. Especially with the anniversary of World War I everywhere in French life now, Verdun has returned to the forefront of French consciousness. This is the plaque on the […]

A rule in the guise of democracy

By Rudolf Ungváry in

Admitted earlier, in 2004 to the membership of the European Union, Hungary, after 2010 became an autocracy whose real nature is impossible to recognize. No political immunity has developed to cope with it and no language exists to describe it. Descriptions like populist, illiberal, top-heavy, ruler-democratic, postmodern corporative, electoral authoritarianism can only serve to indicate […]

Review: Serhii Plokhy, ‘The Last Empire’

By Rodric Braithwaite in

For those of us who were there at the time, it is sometimes disconcerting to follow the rise and fall of new interpretations and old myths about the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. The instant histories and the memoirs have all been written. It is now the turn of professional […]

Newsletter – November 2014

By Allston Mitchell in

Welcome to the Global Dispatches, This month John Pilger evokes the US bombing of Cambodia in the 1970s, which gave rise to Pol Pot and the genocidal Khmer Rouge, in examining the rise of the equally fanatical ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the role of Western governments, and the urgent need for solutions that include […]

The Cossacks: a sabre on the wall

By Vlad Chorazy in

The creation of an army of super warriors has been the dream of rulers and politicians since time immemorial, epitomized by the Mamluks and Janissaries, or in more modern projects of designing genetically modified soldiers (fortunately, still at the drawing board). However, few people realize that there is a country, which had been successfully using […]

From Pol Pot to ISIS

By John Pilger in

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous […]

Scotland: “The slow fuse or the quick fuse”?

By Peter Arnott in

“As I’ve been watching the British Establishment flounder and pounce on each other on “Baith Sides the Tweed” these last weeks, a scene from Mel Brooks’ first masterpiece, the original movie of “The Producers” has been much on my mind. Despite the best laid plans of crooked men, and against all expectations, “Springtime for Hitler”, […]

Germany’s green power surge has a massive cost

By Gert Brunekreeft in

Germany is well on its way towards having a predominantly green electricity supply. The transition from nuclear and fossil-fuel electricity to using renewables is happening faster than anyone had anticipated. This is a success, but there is a downside: it is hugely expensive. The energy transition is an explicit policy goal in Germany, having been made a […]

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

By Laura Carlsen in

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com. Following a week of accolades abroad, President Enrique Peña Nieto returned home to face the worst political crisis of his administration. Protests rage after local police forcibly disappeared 43 students of Ayotzinapa, a rural teaching college in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero. As the […]

Brazil: the road to 2018

By Arthur Ituassu in

Two problems and four names emerge from the results of the seventh presidential election in Brazil since the return to democracy in 1988. On Sunday 26 October, more than 110 million Brazilians went to vote after an eventful campaign. The drama continued into the count, which was open almost until the last ballots were inspected. […]

The new ‘Secular Stagnation hypothesis’

By Lawrence Summers in

Just seven years ago all seemed well in the field of macroeconomics. The phrase ‘great moderation’ captured the reality that business cycle volatility seemed way down from levels of the first part of the post war period. A broad methodological consensus supported the use of DSGE (dynamic stochastic general equilibrium) models to understand macroeconomic fluctuations […]

The Lost World of the London Coffee House

By Dr Matthew Green 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:http://publicdomainreview.org/legal/ ======================================== Dr Matthew Green explores the halcyon days of the London coffeehouse, a haven for caffeine-fueled debate and innovation which helped to shape the modern world. From the tar-caked wharves of Wapping […]

Palan on Piketty

By Jonathan Nitzan - Shimshon Bichler in

In an article for New Left Project, Ronen Palan examines Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.[1]  The paper shows strong, albeit unmentioned affinities with our approach.  But these affinities are largely superficial.  Palan demonstrates little understanding of our approach, and given the article’s many elementary errors and fallacies, we very much doubt he […]