Newsletter – March 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month we are a bit top-heavy politically speaking which may come as no surprise. Mehmet Ugur Professor of Economics and Institutions at the University of Greenwich takes us through tumultuous events in Turkey; a couple of articles by John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus, on the current state of the United States, including the Russian connection; Tony Curzon Price reviews a new movie "Uncertain" which is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literally and figuratively troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away "you've got to be lost to find it"; Charles Wyplosz – Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, in Geneva explains what happens when the IMF evaluates itself and much more...

Turkey, sick man of Europe, reappears?
By Mehmet Ugur

This is not a call for Europeans to do the work on the Turks’ or Kurds’ behalf - but a call to show solidarity with democratic forces of the country at a critical time.

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures
By Markha Valenta

It is the dynamic way in which prejudice, fear and material competition reinforce one another that helps to explain the persistent attraction of Wilders.

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever
By John Feffer

In Trump, the Kremlin got what it wanted — an America paralyzed by an incompetent administration at odds with more than half the country’s population.

The truth about London’s killer fog
By Peter Thorsheim

The 1952 fog killed thousands but catalysed action to clean up London’s dirty air, writes Professor Peter Thorsheim, the author of "Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800".

Uncertain comma Texas
By Tony Curzon Price

"Uncertain" is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literally and figuratively troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away "you've got to be lost to find it".

Making America Mediocre Again
By John Feffer

As conditions in the U.S. deteriorate, the world will continue to suffer the consequences of U.S. military force — but without the mitigating influences of U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy.

Will Japan Stand in Splendid Isolation?
By Walden Bello

Shinzo Abe's on a road trip to define Japan's new identity in an era of Trump and Duterte. The Japanese are beginning to realize that being fully sovereign means dealing with headaches for which someone else had to take prime responsibility for over 70 years.

When the IMF evaluates the IMF
By Charles Wyplosz

The IMF has just released its self-evaluation of its Greek lending, in which it admits to many mistakes. Charles Wyplosz argues that the report misses one important error – reliance on the Debt Sustainability Analysis..

 
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