Newsletter – August 2014

Welcome to the Global Dispatches,

This month Raji Sourani, the Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, in his article with Electronic Intifada, explains that a ceasefire is not enough. Palestinians cannot just return to being prisoners in a cage that Israel rattles when it chooses with brutal destructive offensives. Poet and essayist Will Stone highlights the friendship between Europe's most important writer in the 20s and 30s Stefan Zweig and the Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren. Emanuele Massetti and Elena Ricci explain the difficulties inherent in developing solar power in North Africa and the Middle East for European consumption. Jeffrey Frankel, the Harpel Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on the ramifications of the Argentinian debt ruling by a US court and much more.

See you next month.

Beat Box
By MC Ledbetter

Updated for August 2016. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Ebo Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Galactic, Antonio Serrano and Albert Sanz, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Gaza: a Ceasefire is not Enough
By Raji Sourani

Raji Sourani, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, in his article with Electronic Intifada, explains that a ceasefire is not enough. Palestinians cannot just return to being prisoners in a cage that Israel rattles when it chooses with brutal destructive offensives.

The democratic drift
By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

If the twentieth century was, in the language of the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, the “age of extremes”, then the twenty-first century may well be the age of democracy. And yet a profound sense of disconnect has emerged explains Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Emeritus Professor at IMD.

Is Japan’s Peace Constitution Dead?
By John Feffer

Despite its peace constitution, Japan boasts one of the largest militaries in the world. Over the last several decades, after repeated “reinterpretations,” the peace constitution has become increasingly enfeebled

Rethinking African Solar Power for Europe
By Emanuele Massetti - Elena Ricci

Concentrated solar power generation in North Africa and the Middle East deserts could supply up to 20% of European power. But only if geo-political challenges can be overcome

Encounter at the crossroads of Europe
By Will Stone

Stefan Zweig was one of the most famous writers of the 1920s and 30s. Will Stone explores the importance of the Austrian’s early friendship with the oft overlooked Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren.

The BRICS bank
By John Weeks

Professor Emeritus, John Weeks, at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London on the BRICS nations intention to create their own bank. "They say it’s going to be nothing like the World Bank. But don’t bank on it. Much better than a project bank for the ‘South’ would be an institution providing long-term loans in foreign currencies."

Long-term damage of the Argentinian debt ruling
By Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel, the Harpel Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government explains that the US court ruling forcing Argentina to pay its hold-out creditors has big implications.

German Brazilians in Southern Brazil
By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere

German immigration to Rio Grande do Sul is celebrating its 190th anniversary this summer. Despite the ban on German schools and institutions during World War II, German or rather, the Hunsrückisch dialect is still spoken in many villages around Novo Hamburgo.

 
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