Newsletter – September 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month Jacques Bughin and Eric Hazan - Senior Partners at McKinsey - explain that Artificial Intelligence has been around since the 1950s, and has gone through many cycles of hype and ‘winters’. Based on a survey of senior executives from over 3,000 companies in ten countries, they describe how artificial intelligence is experiencing a new spring and is here to stay; Lev Myshkin reviews the intelligent and hilarious documentary by Sonia Kronlund "Nothingwood" about the uproarious Afghan film-maker Salim Shaheen; Paul Rogers on the flourishing arms industry and much more...

“Nothingwood” by Sonia Kronlund
By Lev Myshkin

Hollywood! Bollywood! Nollywood! Nothingwood! A gem of a documentary that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm. A wry look at the Afghan film industry through the life and career of Salim Shaheen.

Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide?
By Daniel Petcu

If Erdoğan persists in his callous quest, it will only be a matter of time before he succumbs to increasing economic pressure that will threaten to leave the country destitute.

Arms bazaar: needs wars, eats lives
By Paul Rogers

A world of conflict and fear means boom time for big military companies. Wars and rumours of wars require constant supplies, and this is where that perennial of human activity, the arms bazaar, comes in.

Victory at last
By Tom Engelhardt

In America’s wars, failure is the new success. Three generals stand alone, except for President Trump’s own family members, at the pinnacle of power in Washington. Our losing wars, it seems, are a necessary backdrop for the ultimate winning war in our nation’s capital.

Yemen: a tragic tale of humanitarian hypocrisy
By Anastasia Kyriacou

Humanitarian crises around the world will fail to be resolved if the providers of aid are also the perpetrators of the conflict.

The new spring of A.I.
By Jacques Bughin, Eric Hazan

Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s, and has gone through many cycles of hype and ‘winters’. Based on a survey of senior executives from over 3,000 companies in ten countries, this column describes how artificial intelligence is experiencing a new spring and is here to stay.

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy
By John Feffer

Some in the Trump administration are still eyeing regime change in North Korea. They're missing what's really going on over there. The fever dream of regime change has persisted in Washington for decades like a bad case of political malaria that repeated doses of realism have never quite eradicated.

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.

 
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