Newsletter – June 2015

Welcome to The Global Dispatches.

This month Aaron Edwards, Senior Lecturer in defence and international affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Yemen: "In the short term, Saudi Arabia is unlikely to back off until the threat posed by the Houthis to Yemen’s stability — to say nothing of Iranian meddling — is rebutted."; Anthony Head on Japan's historical conjuring tricks, that attempt to influence popular perceptions of history - particularly relating to Japanese wartime atrocities - through educational policy and fllms showing Japan as the victim; An extract from "The Idea of Europe" by the world renowned essayist, writer, critic and cultural philosopher, George Steiner - "Those wishing to meet Freud or Musil, knew precisely in which café to look..."; an examination of British Euroscepticism by Robert Tombs, Professor of French History at Cambridge University... 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.

The idea of Europe in its coffee houses
By George Steiner

Those wishing to meet Freud or Musil, knew precisely in which café to look... When the lights go out in Europe, in August 1914, Jaurès is assassinated in a café. An extract from "The idea of Europe" by George Steiner, the world renowned essayist, writer, critic and cultural philosopher.

The future of human rights in the UK
By Meghan Campbell

A British Bill of Rights will allow the Conservative government to deport an individual to a country where they face a real risk of torture, harm or humiliation.

A Simple Idea: Free Education For All
By Josh Hoxie

Senator Sanders is proposing to tax Wall Street speculators to guarantee all Americans a good shot at a college degree. “It is a national disgrace that hundreds of thousands of young Americans today do not go to college, not because they are unqualified, but because they cannot afford it,”

Britain’s European Future?
By Robert Tombs

In a wholly rational world, the recent decisive election victory for David Cameron’s Conservative Party – and the implosion of the main opposition parties – would have created a favourable opportunity to resolve Britain’s long and difficult relationship with the European Union.

Nanjing Disappearing
By Anthony Head

Japan is still performing its historical conjuring tricks, attempting to influence popular perceptions of history - particularly relating to Japanese wartime atrocities - through educational policy and fllms showing Japan as the victim.

Yemen at war
By Aaron Edwards

"In the short term, Saudi Arabia is unlikely to back off until the threat posed by the Houthis to Yemen’s stability—to say nothing of Iranian meddling—is rebutted." An update from Aaron Edwards, senior lecturer in defence and international affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the author of "Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law: Aden and the End of Empire".

Nicaragua Canal: the environmental costs are huge
By Chris Kraul

A Chinese-funded US$50 billion inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua is an environmental disaster in the making, conservationists warn.

 
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