Newsletter – September 2015

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, asks "if Magna Carta is the cornerstone of liberty, why did the Levellers, democratic radicals of the 17th century, reject it as 'containing many marks of intolerable bondage'?"; Historian David Pietz argues that China’s current water problems are deeply rooted in its past. Past choices and physical realities of the North China Plain continue to shape the present and future; Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and ex-President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, introduces an eBook he co-edited that illustrates some of the ambitious steps needed to unleash the tremendous potential of the African people towards the development of their nations and Dr Françoise Sivignon, President of Médecins du Monde France and Janice Hughes, President of Doctors of the World UK on the current refugee crisis in Europe.  And much more...

The U.S. Is Betraying the Kurds — Again
By Adil E. Shamoo

Turkey is offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region - the Kurds.

Arms sales to Egypt: rhetoric overtakes reality
By Andrew Smith

It is impossible to show solidarity with the people of Egypt while arming and supporting the tyranny oppressing them, but this is the hypocrisy at the heart of western foreign policy.

Europe’s refugee crisis: bridges, not fences
By Françoise Sivignon - Janice Hughes

Dr Françoise Sivignon, President of Médecins du Monde France and Janice Hughes, President of Doctors of the World UK on the current refugee crisis in Europe.

Leviathan comes to Beijing
By Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney asks: What is the Communist Party of China? How can its true nature and use of power be grasped? For insight, look to the English 17th-century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes.

Africa at a fork in the road
By Ernesto Zedillo

Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and ex-President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, introduces an eBook he co-edited that illustrates some of the ambitious steps needed to unleash the tremendous potential of the African people towards the development of their nations.

The Yellow River: a history of China’s water crisis
By David A. Pietz

Historian David Pietz argues China’s current water problems are deeply rooted in its past. Past choices and physical realities of the North China Plain continue to shape the present and future.

The siren song of financial realism
By Paul Tyson

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe explains Paul Tyson, Honorary Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Nottingham.

Magna Carta: a beggarly thing, a mess of pottage
By Denis Galligan

If Magna Carta is the cornerstone of liberty, why did the Levellers, democratic radicals of the 17th century, reject it as 'containing many marks of intolerable bondage'?

 
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