Newsletter – August 2015

Welcome to The Global Dispatches

This month we have Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of the Telegraph explaining that George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC. They are launching a concerted assault on Britain’s democratic public culture. Fernando Betancor on how Germany is not an unstoppable juggernaut as the country faces both a short-term and long-term demographic challenge: a need for skilled workers and an ageing and declining population. Shujiro Yazawam Professor Emeritus from Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University in Tokyo explains that Japan is on the brink of changing from a pacifist state to one prepared to go to war if necessary. And much more...

Blueprint for Change
By Carlos Cuellar Brown

Everything in the universe is changing and social systems are no exception to this constant flux. But change is not an easy thing to accept, especially when it threatens the status quo and the world’s perception of normalcy.

China – climate hero or villain?
By Joe Curtin

China’s efforts to peak Greenhouse Gas Emissions and move away from coal means other large emitters have no excuse for inaction, writes Joe Curtin of the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Time to fight for the BBC
By Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of the Telegraph explains that George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC. They are launching a concerted assault on Britain’s democratic public culture.

The crisis of democracy in Japan
By Shujiro Yazawa

Shujiro Yazawam Professor Emeritus from Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University in Tokyo explains that Japan is on the brink of changing from a pacifist state to one prepared to go to war if necessary. Now, more than ever, we must refocus international scrutiny on the country’s social movements.

Publisher of the European Renaissance
By Mario Infelise

Aldus Manutius is the man who transformed the printed book into the most effective tool for the accumulation and dissemination of human knowledge of the last five centuries.

North African diversities
By Francis Ghilès

A fascinating personal account by Francis Ghilès, senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He recounts the many strands of his singular and very Mediterranean life - Berber and Algerian, Jewish and Islamic, French and English, Arab and European.

Germany’s demographic challenge
By Fernando Betancor

Germany is not an unstoppable juggernaut. Germany faces both a short-term and long-term demographic challenge: a need for skilled workers and an ageing and declining population.

Seven trends dominating Egyptian media
By Ahmed Magdy Youssef

Egypt’s media outlets are trapped in a web of biases. Seven trends have dominated the country's media landscape over the past two years.

The new E.U.
By Charles Wyplosz

The new bailout deal for Greece was not easy. Professor Wyplosz argues that it was also a failure. It will not be enough to recapitalise banks, it asks for structural reform that exceeds Greek capacities, and it raises the Greek debt-to-GDP ratio to unsustainable levels. In a few months or quarters, the programme will fail and the Grexit question will flare up again.

 
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