Turkey And Iran’s Growing Alliance

By Daniel Wagner - Giorgio Cafiero in

Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan’s visit to Iran last month symbolized a pivot toward Tehran and a shift in Ankara’s Middle East foreign policy. Declaring a desire to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey’s evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan’s trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran’s tendency to pursue mutual interests […]

The Pirate Ching Shih

By Ludovico Pisani in

When we think of pirates there are usually two pictures that are conjured up. The first is that of a large man with a bushy beard and hairy chest covered in scars, criss-crossed by a huge belt holding a sabre. He has one eye that will be covered by a patch, a wooden leg and […]

The UN’s Green Climate Fund

By Oscar Reyes in

1. Is the GCF a Fund or a Bank? The main purpose of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), put very simply, is to receive climate finance from developed countries (in accordance with their obligations under the UN Climate Convention) and disburse that money for activities in developing countries. But there are considerable signs of mission […]

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Afghanistan, then and now

By Anatol Lieven in

Once again, the modern Afghan urban tradition is fighting for its life against a rural Islamist insurgency. Once again, the state is overwhelmingly dependent on aid from a foreign great power for its continued survival. Then: town vs country When I visited Afghanistan as a journalist for The Times (London) in 1988 and 1989, it […]

Why Japan’s Debt Hasn’t Wreaked Havoc Yet

By Charles Yuji Horioka, Takaaki Nomoto, Akiko Terada-Hagiwara, in

Japan’s sovereign debt-to-GDP ratio is higher than any country in Europe and more than twice the OECD average. This column explains why Japan’s massive government debt did not wreak havoc in the past. Robust domestic saving and a temporary inflow of foreign capital caused by the Global Crisis have prevented a crisis thus far. As […]

The Spanish Numbers Game

By Allston Mitchell in

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Spanish economy was in robust shape given the flurry of news about the “green shoots” of growth and flickering lights at the end of tunnels.  In recent weeks, the IMF has been  posting uplifting figures and members of Mariano Rajoy’s Partido Popular (PP) government in Spain have […]

The Subaltern Can Speak

By L K Sharma in

The Jaipur Literature Festival has not just grown; it has evolved into an Indian show. The global meets local will be one way of describing this transformation. The literature in Indian languages, the culture of the state of Rajasthan and even the endangered languages figured prominently in the event this year. The organizers felt if […]

In Hollywood with Nathanael West

By Marion Meade 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/ ======================================== Hollywood has served as a novelist’s muse for almost a century. The list of writers who found inspiration there includes the likes of Fitzgerald, Mailer, Schulberg, Bukowski, Chandler, Huxley, Waugh, and […]

Homage to Asturias, Aragon and Catalonia

By Nick Lalaguna in

2014 is the 80th anniversary of the workers uprising in Asturias, Spain and its subsequent brutalisation.  Less than two years later, a revolution that rejected oppressive hierarchy in all its forms was attempted on a massive scale across entire regions of the country.  In 1976 Noam Chomsky referred to these events as ‘the best example […]

GDP turns 80. Time to retire!

By Lorenzo Fioramonti in

The gross domestic product (GDP) has just turned eighty. It was indeed in 1934 that a young economist by the name of Simon Kuznets (who would later on receive a Nobel Prize for this) presented his first report on the design of national income accounts to the US congress. Those were the hard times of […]

Can “Peace” Last in the Philippines?

By Daniel Wagner and Edsel Tupaz in

Just a month after the declaration of independence of a “Bangsamoro Republik,” MNLF leader Nur Misuari tried to hoist the MNLF flag over the city hall in Zamboanga, took 200 hostages and sparked a three-week long siege with government troops. Misuari and MNLF commander Habier Malik believed that the MNLF had been left out of […]

Newsletter – February 2014

By Allston Mitchell in

Welcome to the Global Dispatches, This month we have a varied selection of articles ranging from an impassioned look at the Scottish independence referendum by playwright Peter Arnott, to the poetry of Charles Baudelaire by Daniel Finch-Race. Olivier Blanchard, the Chief IMF Economist, also elucidates the global markets for us and Edward Rielly talks us […]

Scotland 2014 : Getting the Sovereignty Habit

By Peter Arnott in

 “What matters most, I said, is what you are doing in England; what kind of country you want to make of the UK; and whether we in Scotland want to be part of it.” David Donnison, Scottish Review 15th Jan 2014 Jim Sillars, one-time MP for Govan and Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party, […]

Is the world recovery really strengthening?

By Olivier Blanchard in

The IMF’s January 2014 World Economic Outlook Update has three main messages: • First, the recovery is strengthening We forecast world growth to increase from 3% in 2013 to 3.7% in 2014. We forecast growth in advanced economies to increase from 1.3% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014. And we forecast growth in emerging market […]