Newsletter – July 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month John Weeks, Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London sees Brexit as the Far Right achieving its most important victory in British electoral history; Radhya al-Mutawakel, the chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights denounces the United States’ covert drone war in Yemen - at least 15 years old now –in which European countries are directly and indirectly involved;  Energy Analyst Arne Jungjohann examines  reforms to Germany's energy sector which could allow corporations to dominate the market; Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London looks back at the life of Yang Jiang,  a great writer, translator and intellectual whose life encapsulates the story of modern China. And much more...

Nordic Nations are Leading on Climate Action
By Justin Gerdes

Every country on Earth must choose clean energy and quit carbon if the world is to reach zero net carbon emissions by the end of this century, as outlined in the Paris Agreement.

What sort of crisis is this?
By Will Davies

Britain is in a deep crisis, but not a 2008-style emergency. And it reveals much about the underlying forces in our politics.

The Covert Drone War in Yemen
By Radhya al-Mutawakel

The United States’ covert drone war in Yemen - at least 15 years old now – continues. European countries are directly and indirectly involved. Yemenis deserve a chance at peace and not the constant fear of death, from the internal conflict or from the skies overhead.

Brexit and the rise of the far right
By John Weeks

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Far Right achieved its most important victory in British electoral history. John Weeks, Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London looks at what happened.

Germany overhauls its flagship energy policy
By Arne Jungjohann

So far citizens, communities and new investors have been the biggest drivers for the energy transition. But large corporations will dominate the market if the changes are implemented.

Yang Jiang, farewell
By Kerry Brown

The life of a great writer, translator and intellectual encapsulates the story of modern China. The passing of Yang Jiang at the age of 104 on 26 May 2016 brings to an end one of the very last links with an era of Chinese history that predated the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.

Negative rates and seigniorage
By Daniel Gros

The business of central banks used to be profitable – they issued cash and could invest the proceeds in the assets they liked. The ECB has turned the old business model of central banks around. Today, it earns a stream of income on its liabilities, while the returns of an increasing part of its assets go to the national central banks.

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."

 
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