Newsletter – April 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month, Jenny Johnson reviews Dominic Ziegler’s new book "Black Dragon River" that takes a journey down the Amur, one of Asia’s last free flowing rivers and the contested border lands of Russia and China; Alfredo Saad-Filho,  Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London describes the  judicial coup against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff seeing it as the culmination of the deepest political crisis in Brazil for 50 years; Lutz Kilian -Professor of Economics, University of Michigan investigates the effects of shale oil on Arab oil producers suggesting that shale oil actually contributed little to the decline in the price of oil that took place after June 2014 and Geoffrey Heptonstall on the unique talent and genius of theater director Peter Brook, from his early ground-breaking productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Conference of the Birds up to the uncluttered simplicity of his latest work 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.

“Black Dragon River” Russia’s wild window into China
By Jenny Johnson

Dominic Ziegler’s new book takes a journey down the Amur, one of Asia’s last free flowing rivers and the contested border lands of Russia and China where conservation has kept a fragile peace.

Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff
By Alfredo Saad-Filho

The judicial coup against President Dilma Rousseff is the culmination of the deepest political crisis in Brazil for 50 years. Despite strong media support for the impending coup, the PT, other left parties and many radical social movements remain strong.

Effect of shale oil on Arab producers
By Lutz Kilian

Lower oil prices are putting increasing pressure on Arab oil producers, and many pundits have been quick to blame US shale oil producers for the decline in prices and in Arab oil revenues. Shale oil actually contributed little to the decline in the price of oil that took place after June 2014.

The consequences of Brexit
By Dhingra, Huang, Ottaviano, Sampson and Reenen

The economic consequences of leaving the EU are at the heart of the Brexit debate. This article studies how changes in trade and fiscal transfers to the EU following Brexit would affect living standards in the UK.

How Mexico City slashed pollution levels by half
By Pierre-Marc René

Mexico's capital used to be the most polluted city in the world. Pierre-Marc René explains how it turned its fortune around.

The Theater of Peter Brook
By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Geoffrey Heptonstall on the unique talent and genius of theater director Peter Brook, from his early ground-breaking productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Conference of the Birds up to the uncluttered simplicity of his latest work.

“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.

 
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