Newsletter – June 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month, to mark the 50 years of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, we publish an interview with one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, Jan Egeland as well as a discussion of Palestinian nationhood by Yair Svorai the creator of the Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA); a review by Paul Tyson of Yanis Varoufakis’s latest book “Adults in the Room”,  an essay by the  late poet Wei An on the great American environmentalist Henry Thoreau, and Geoffrey Heptonstall on the power of Picasso’s Guernica and the current exhibition dedicated to the painting at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; and much more...

Palestine: Imperial failures and their consequences
By Yair Svorai

The Nakba, central to Palestinian nationhood as much as the Holocaust is for Jews and slavery is for African-Americans, is the living reminder of the profound injustice inflicted upon the Palestinians.

Interview with Jan Egeland
By Ana Garralda

Jan Egeland was one of the chief architects of the Oslo Accords, the secret negotiations between Israel and Palestine (1993-94) while Secretary of State in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Spanish news site eldiario.es spoke to him on the 50th anniversary of the occupation.

Of sacred cows and profane men
By L K Sharma

In India today, the national discourse is dominated by the cow. The cow has highlighted religious, regional, social and cultural differences. Some humans have been killed in the name of the cow.

Iran’s precision engineered elections
By Potkin Azarmehr

The Islamic Republic of Iran's engineering of its so-called elections starts from the very day the Guardian Council announces the short list of candidates.

Something’s rotten in the United Kingdom
By Nick Clegg

Our political system is ailing: a Brexit revolution showed how susceptible it is to elite takeover, how it is designed to ignore the hopes of the young and how it fails to offer genuine political options.

Adults in the Room, by Yanis Varoufakis
By Paul Tyson

A lot, maybe the future of Europe, depends on how you read the opening conversation with Larry Summers in ‘one of the greatest political memoirs of all time.’ Theological review.

Old country, young president
By Patrice de Beer

The French have used their democracy to give this young man in an old country a chance to experiment with a new type of politics. But have we tried everything?

Thoreau and I
By Wei An

An essay from the late poet and environmentalist Wei An on a connection with the 19th Century writer spanning epochs and cultures. The essence of Thoreau is not in the initiation of a “return to nature,” but instead in his respect for “man’s perfection.”

Autocrats Have an Ally in Trump
By Phyllis Bennis

In Saudi Arabia, the president ratcheted up his anti-Iran alliance with Arab dictators. Ironically, Trump is ratcheting up his anti-Iran alliance with Arab autocrats precisely as the Iranian people are sending much more conciliatory signals.

 
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