Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Bettina Elten follows in the footsteps of Charles Darwin,  from the Falkland Islands to the spectacular land and seascapes of Tierra del Fuego; we review the debut novel "Tram 83" by Fiston Mwanza Mujila that is taking the world by storm; Mark Cliffe, Chief Economist of the ING Group explains that as doubts grow about the effectiveness of quantitative easing, monetary policymakers are leaning towards cutting interest rates further into negative territory as their preferred mode of easing; Lawrence Rosenthal, the founder and executive director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, University of California, Berkeley takes us through the implosion in the Republican Party....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.

Sailing the Southern Hemisphere
By Bettina Elten

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, our expedition took us from the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) to the spectacular land and seascapes of Tierra del Fuego.

Negative rates, negative reactions
By Mark Cliffe

Mark Cliffe, Chief Economist of the ING Group explains that as doubts grow about the effectiveness of quantitative easing, monetary policymakers are leaning towards cutting interest rates further into negative territory as their preferred mode of easing.

“Tram 83” by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
By Lev Myshkin

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, a critique of neocolonialism is taking Africa and the world by storm. His nightmarish jazzy vision is peopled with poets, whores, pimps and post-marxist capitalists.

Nationalism Fever Strikes India
By L K Sharma

The debate in India about 'nationalism' or 'anti-nationalism' is essentially between the pro and anti-Modi forces. "When a society is in a state of frenzy, words acquire different meanings. “Intolerance” becomes a word of abuse against the Prime Minister. “Freedom of expression” signifies anti-nationalism."

How a Little Pink Flower Defeated a World Superpower
By Alfred W. McCoy

The US must stop talking about sending the next wave of troops to Afghanistan, and tackle the country's dependence on illicit opium instead.

Europe is our battlefield
By Neal Lawson

We must fight for the continental union we need. Opportunities like this rarely come around. We have to seize it. We don’t have much time. Europe is our battlefield. We cannot leave it to our enemies.

A realignment of Irish politics
By Barry Colfer

On February 26 the Irish people take to the polls for the first general election since 2011. Support for Sinn Féin has surged from 9.9% in 2011 to as high as 19.5% but Ireland has not seen the attraction of radical, populist, anti-establishment, and Euro-sceptic parties like elsewhere in the EU.

The Republican implosion
By Lawrence Rosenthal

The profound dysfunction on display in the Republican party’s contest for its 2016 presidential nomination reflects an intraparty civil war that has been simmering for the past 25 years and has now burst out of control.

 
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