Newsletter – November 2014


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 a truce in Syria, and justice for the Palestinians; Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus at Harvard University explains why the notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining traction; Glaswegian playwright Peter Arnott looks to the future and analyses the fallout from the Scottish independence referendum; Gert Brunekreeft, Adjunct Professor for Energy Economics at Jacobs University Bremen looks at the phenomenal success of Germany's transition to renewable energy but also underlines the considerable cost; and much more


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.

From Pol Pot to ISIS
By John Pilger

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 a truce in Syria, and justice for the Palestinians.

Scotland: “The slow fuse or the quick fuse”?
By Peter Arnott

Glaswegian playwright Peter Arnott looks to the future and analyses the fallout from the Scottish independence referendum.

Germany’s green power surge has a massive cost
By Gert Brunekreeft

The German renewables transition has been a phenomenal success, but consumers – and hence voters – are starting to feel the pinch

The Mass Shooting in Mexico
By Laura Carlsen

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars. "The Mexican government must begin to enforce the law, even against those with money and power."

Brazil: the road to 2018
By Arthur Ituassu

The four years ahead promise dramatic developments for Brazil's political environment, with economic and political turbulence that will probably make it a difficult period for Dilma Rousseff.

The new ‘Secular Stagnation hypothesis’
By Lawrence Summers

The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining traction explains Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus at Harvard University.

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist
By Allston Mitchell

"The genius of the modern Arabic novel". A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous "Season of Migration to the North".

Palan on Piketty
By Jonathan Nitzan - Shimshon Bichler

The authors of ‘Capital as Power’ comment on Ronen Palan’s article ‘Capitalising the Future' (previously posted in August of this year), finding much to disagree with regarding his interpretation of Thomas Picketty's theory that when the return on capital far exceeds the rate of growth of the economy it leads to the concentration of capital in fewer and fewer hands.

Forward Guidance
By David Miles

Professor David Miles, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England explains that many central banks embrace forward guidance by announcing expected interest rate paths. But how likely it is that actual rates will be close to expected ones? Precise probability statements in a world of uncertainty (not just risk) can be misleading.

Weighing History in China
By Kerry Brown

A memoir of the cultural revolution by Mei Zhi about her husband Zhang Guangren, better known under his pen-name Hu Feng, reveals both the human cost of that era in China and helps explain the curious strategy of its current leadership.

 
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