Newsletter – February 2015


Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Shi Jian from China Dialogue recounts the attempt to create a green community in Beijing using six 20-foot shipping containers, a 600 watt solar panel and a 300 watt wind turbine; Enzo Restagno, author of "Schönberg e Stravinskij. Storia di un'amicizia mancata" reunites the couple in order to reinterpret Schönberg and Stravinsky from a new perspective, restoring them to their personal history; Turkish author Orhan Pamuk elucidates the inspiration behind his "Museum of Innocence" which started life as a novel and then became a museum in Istanbul; Marco Annunziata, the Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co takes a close look at Mario Draghi's long-awaited round of quantative easing; Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein try to decipher what is behind the mysterious death of the investigative judge Alberto Nisman that has created a massive crisis in Argentina 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.

Beijing life in a shipping container
By Shi Jian

On the outskirts of Beijing, a gardener has built a home out of shipping containers in the hope of creating a green community. It consists of a single-storey arrangement of six 20-foot shipping containers. A 600 watt solar panel hangs on one wall and 300 watt wind turbine spins on the roof.

Yemen: descent into anarchy
By Aaron Edwards

With the resignation of its president and prime minister, Yemen lacks the capacity to steer its political transition towards the goal of greater stability. The alternative, however, does not bear thinking about.

Argentina in shock
By Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein

A mysterious death in Buenos Aires raises questions about the true sources of power inside Argentina's state. Once again, global geopolitics and local gangsterism are mixed in Argentina. Nisman’s sudden death represents a challenge to Argentines to push for a bigger separation of powers - and especially the longstanding links between presidency, justice system, and security and intelligence agencies.

State of the Empire in 2015
By Peter Certo

Before Obama's State of the Union address falls out of the news cycle, here are the foreign policy tidbits you need to remember. A summary of the speech from Peter Certo, editor of Foreign Policy In Focus.

The ECB’s QE decision
By Marco Annunziata

The ECB has just launched full-fledged quantitative easing but the ECB’s watershed decision highlights both the strengths and the vulnerabilities of the Eurozone. The limited-risk-sharing provision flags the need for greater fiscal union; and much-needed structural reforms.

Schönberg and Stravinsky
By Enzo Restagno

Enzo Restagno, author of "Schönberg e Stravinskij. Storia di un'amicizia mancata" reunites the couple in order to reinterpret Schönberg and Stravinsky from a new perspective, restoring them to their personal history.

Inspiration behind “The Museum of Innocence”
By Orhan Pamuk

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk elucidates the inspiration behind his "Museum of Innocence" which started life as a novel and then became a museum in Istanbul.

 
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