Newsletter – November 2015

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month, Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Director of Border Criminologies looks at the history and the current state of border detention in Europe; Vivill Vinsrygg, a Norwegian transport institute official suggests that Oslo’s proposal to ban most cars from its centre is likely to be studied by cities worldwide; Bank of England Governor Mark Carney tells leading insurers that climate change could become a major cause of financial instability; Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University explains that the language of human rights is old, even if its popularity is new. The values it incorporated, even during the Enlightenment, were very different from those invoked in recent decades; Minqi Li who teaches economics at the University of Utah says Look to China, if you want to locate the downfall of capitalism. As several mainstream institutions have predicted, a major crisis of the Chinese economy could plunge the global capitalist economy into a crisis that will prove to be more destructive than the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008-2009 and much more...

The Prague Café
By Jan Hornát

What is the 'Prague Café', and why has it become the Czech President's insult of choice for his opponents? President Zeman first used the term publicly last year as a reaction to demonstrations that took place in the center of Prague on the day of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution calling the demonstrators the “raging Prague lumpencafé”.

Immigration Detention in Europe
By Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Director of Border Criminologies looks at the history and the current state of border detention in Europe.

A vote against religious hate
By L K Sharma

No agency records the levels of mental pollution and no scientific instrument records the intolerance levels in a society, but even a casual visitor to India would notice the rise in the levels of intolerance and the rampaging bands of provocateurs inciting religious passions and violence.

Can Oslo’s car ban help drive the future?
By Vivill Vinsrygg

Oslo’s proposal to ban most cars from its centre is likely to be studied by cities worldwide, suggests Vivill Vinsrygg, a Norwegian transport institute official.

Carney warns on financial risks of climate change
By John McGarrity

Bank of England governor Mark Carney tells leading insurers that climate change could become a major cause of financial instability.

Erdogan’s triumph and Turkey’s future
By Dimitar Bechev and Nathalie Tocci

Erdogan has proved to be the unquestioned master of Turkish politics. The spotlight is on him now to start healing the country’s toxic divisions and sow the seeds of reform and reconciliation.

Congo’s uncertain election
By William Clowes

Kabila is fast approaching the end of his legitimate time as president and his options for altering that inconvenient fact through legal means appear non-existent. But the dysfunctions of the state that Kabila has shaped for nearly 15 years are his best bet of staying at the helm.

China and the coming crisis
By Minqi Li

Look to China, if you want to locate the downfall of capitalism. As several mainstream institutions have predicted, a major crisis of the Chinese economy could plunge the global capitalist economy into a crisis that will prove to be more destructive than the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008-2009.

On the origins of human rights
By Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University explains that the language of human rights is old, even if its popularity is new. The values it incorporated, even during the Enlightenment, were very different from those invoked in recent decades.

AKP strongholds are still strong
By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere

Travelling between Kayseri and Konya in Central Anatolia, two so-called Anatolian Tigers and AKP strongholds, the great majority of citizens still backs the ruling party. The most often stated reasons are for stability and security.

Mapping Europe’s external borders
By Michael Wintle

‘Europe’ is a vague and ill-defined construction, invented by geographers and historians in Antiquity to divide up the known world. Michael Wintle, Professor of Modern European History at Amsterdam University looks at the changing nature of Europe.

 
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