Newsletter – June 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Cecilia Keating recounts her experiences working in the Elliniko refugee camp in Athens; Brad K. Blitz, Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Geneva explains that new data show that large swathes of the European public want their governments to show more solidarity with refugees, but instead the EU-Turkey deal has paved the way to mass detention; David Hayes celebrates Bob Dylan's 75th birthday; Stefano M. Torelli,  Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies explains that Turkey is currently experiencing the paradox of being integrated into the western security and defense system, while not sharing some of the most basic western objectives and Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford explains that the consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result and much more...

Camping in Arrivals
By Cecilia Keating

Just outside of Athens, the old International Airport of Elliniko and the nearby 2004 Olympic stadiums are now home to thousands of refugees. Cecilia Keating spent two weeks working in the camp with the Dutch NGO Boat Refugee Foundation, entertaining the children and distributing meals to the mainly Afghan population.

Lost and Found Art in the City of São Paolo
By Irene Dogmatic

San Francisco artist Irene Dogmatic visits São Paulo's mainstream art galleries, which she found surprisingly short of visitors, in striking contrast to the city's vibrant street art scene.

“Pink Cloud”: Short Fiction from Iran
By Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr

Tehran based writer and literary critic, Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr, won the Bahram Sadeghi Internet Prize for his short story “Pink Cloud”, set during the Iran-Iraq war. This eight-year conflict cost the lives of an estimated one million young soldiers from the two nations.

Mawson’s Antarctic Newspaper
By Mark Samuels

From 1911-1914, Douglas Mawson was head of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition exploring the area around Commonwealth Bay in Adelie Land, one of the coldest and windiest places on earth. The “newspaper” he and his men produced – the Adelie Blizzard – proved crucial in propping up faltering morale during the long months at the Cape Denison base-camp as the group over-wintered for the second (unplanned) year.

Australian Aboriginal Art
By Mick Steele

Aboriginal art is part of a very ancient culture. It took the form of rock, body and sand painting and weapon and implement painting and engraving and it was steeped in ceremony related to the Dreaming.

Brexit referendum folly
By Jan Zielonka

Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford explains that the consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result.

Turkey and NATO as seen from Ankara
By Stefano M. Torelli

Turkey is currently experiencing the paradox of being integrated into the western security and defense system, while not sharing some of the most basic western objectives.

Bob Dylan: in and out of time
By David Hayes

The work of the great American musician, born 75 years ago, both expresses and transcends his own era. "Dylan's work, taken as a whole, is infused by deep time and the end times as well as his own, drenched in faith and fate as well as love and loss."

From refugees to prisoners
By Brad K. Blitz

Brad K. Blitz, Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Geneva explains that new data show that large swathes of the European public want their governments to show more solidarity with refugees, but instead the EU-Turkey deal has paved the way to mass detention.

 
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