Newsletter – December 2015

Season's Greetings to everyone,

A bumper issue this month with L.K. Sharma dissecting the current state of the political scene in India; Andrea Baranes the President of the Fondazione Culturale Responsabilità Etica of the Banca Etica network looks into the relationship between finance and the environment; Gerry Hassan the writer, commentator and academic examines Britain's eternal imperial mindset and Geoffrey Heptonstall, poet, playwright and essayist, discusses why the career of Orson Welles continues to raise questions about the relation of imaginative art to popular culture and much more...

Orson Welles, Essential American Artist
By Geoffrey Heptonstall

It is thirty years since he died, but the success and failure of Welles will continue to be discussed as his career raises questions about the relation of imaginative art to popular culture.

Britain’s ‘empire of the mind’
By Gerry Hassan

Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines.

India: roller-coastering democracy
By L K Sharma

The nation is sharply divided between those protesting against growing intolerance and those attacking them for seeing what does not exist and asking them to migrate to Pakistan.

A Taste of Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery
By Irene Dogmatic

Californian Artist, Irene Dogmatic is blown away by her first visit to the Tretyakov Gallery in the Russian capital. Here she takes us through her personal favourites.

Cafés chantants in Belle Epoque Naples
By Francesco Barbagallo

Professor Francesco Barbagallo from the University Federico II of Naples looks back at the glories of the city of Naples during the Belle Epoque.

Central Transitions
By Carlos Cuellar Brown

"There is this idea that one needs to re-locate in order to decentralize. Moving away into open land, away from urban areas, away from the civil perimeters of town and community; this can be advantageous but also be isolating and misleading." Essay by Carlos Cuellar Brown, a New York City artist and essayist.

Finance and the Climate
By Andrea Baranes

Finance should be a tool at the service of the economy. It should be the ‘money market’ where supply and demand for money meet. A significant portion of the financial system however has transformed from being a tool, to being an end in itself: to make money from money in the shortest possible time, losing sight of its social purpose.

No Climate Deal Is Better Than a Bad One
By Walden Bello

Without concrete, enforceable emissions targets and transition financing, the Paris climate talks will only deepen our climate crisis.

Tribalisation or the end of globalisation
By Koert Debeuf

For two decades, the world seemed to be convinced that all indicators pointed in the same direction: more democracy, more economic openness, more human rights, more international cooperation. Not anymore.

 
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