Newsletter – April 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Bahar Hamedani looks back on the life of the iconic Iranian singer Elahe; Bendicò reviews the latest movie by Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki "The Other Side of Hope"; Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and author of Is the EU Doomed? looks at who is going to suffer from the Brexit fallout; Jack Shenker, the author of 'The Egyptians: A Radical Story', discusses the murder of the Italian researcher Giulio Regeni in Cairo and much more....

Elahe – Voice of an Angel
By Mitra Hooshiar

The life and music of legendary Iranian singer Elahe, discussed by Mitra Hooshiar. Born in 1934 in the ancient city of Yazd in central Iran, she enjoyed her heyday during the 60s and 70s via the popular radio programme Golha.

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”
By Bendicò

The story comes over almost as a religious parable for our times pitting Nazi-skins against homeless saviours of the night. There is no excuse for being inhuman, not even dire poverty.

Brexit: yes, you will suffer as well
By Jan Zielonka

Bankrupt regions, impoverished hospitals, overcrowded prisons: Brexit will affect everybody in Europe. And yet nobody is taking responsibility for the mess explains Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man
By Lev Myshkin

A masterpiece of modern world literature has recently been published by New York Review of Books Classics. The tale of a renegade Brahmin whose dissolute life brings consternation and doubt to his community when he suddenly dies.

Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries
By Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman

The rise of economic inequality is one of today’s most hotly debated issues. But a disconnect between the different data sets used to measure and understand inequality makes it hard to address important economic and policy questions.

The war in Yemen: two years old and maturing?
By Helen Lackner

The United Nations has stated that, of the four famines predicted for 2017, Yemen is the worst, with seven million people close to starvation and a further ten million in urgent need.

Send them to Egypt
By Jack Shenker

"When Giulio was murdered, it had a profound impact on me and others not just because of the shocking injustice, but also because it tore down the illusions of our own defences" writes Jack Shenker, author of , 'The Egyptians: A Radical Story'.

Modi marches on amid hope and fear
By L K Sharma

Modi can get away with anything now. His public adores muscular Hinduism, majoritarianism, politicised nationalism and a neo-liberal development model which gives subsidized big corporates big incentives.

 
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