Monthly Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month André Staltz traces the death of the Internet back to 2014 and looks at the web now that Google and Facebook hace acquired direct influence over more than 70% of internet traffic; Adil Shamoo on the systematic destruction of Yemen through starvation and cholera; Nobel prize winner for Economics Joseph Stiglitz on "The State of the Market" and Sam Greeene, the Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London on how the 1917 Revolution changed the West and much more...

The web began dying in 2014
By André Staltz

It may seem as though nothing has changed on the web – but since 2014, Google and Facebook hace acquired direct influence over more than 70% of internet traffic. They're not stopping there.

Starvation and Cholera in Yemen
By Adil E. Shamoo

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. The war is taking Yemen back to the dark ages. It is an immoral war, and it is a humanitarian disaster. The United States cannot and should not participate in such a slaughter.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection
By Paul Rogers

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

The State of the Market
By Joseph E. Stiglitz

The right balance between the role of the state and the market is key for susccesful development. In this video, Joseph Stiglitz explains why they should complement each other. This video was recorded at the UNU-WIDER 30th anniversary conference in Helsinki in September 2015.

How did 1917 change the west?
By Sam Greene

The Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London looks back at the significance of Russia's 1917 revolution. "Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process".

The origins of the Industrial Revolution
By Leander Heldring, James Robinson, Sebastian Vollmer

The Industrial Revolution is arguably the most important economic event in world history, and successful industrialisation continues to elude many developing countries today.

Plastics are making our oceans sick
By Olivia Boyd

Filmmaker Jo Ruxton talks about why she left the BBC to tell a more honest story about our seas. Once you get into your head that plastic’s not disposable, there are so many changes you can make.

“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.

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