Newsletter – February 2018

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This month we have a review of Ahmed Saadawi's "Frankenstein in Baghdad" which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction; Jaime Amparo explains why Lula poses the greatest threat to Brasil's judiciary, he is the worst nightmare of this well-born and conservative group of white judges; Andrew Purcell describes how New York is changing its criminal justice system, it is a huge achievement that could even signify the beginning of a more rational, humane approach to American criminal justice; Maged Mandour explains how Egyptian President Al-Sisi is creating a common enemy in his bid to secure an effortless victory in the upcoming elections and much more...

“Frankenstein in Baghdad” Review
By Lev Myshkin

The prize-winning novel "Frankenstein in Baghdad" by Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi has finally been translated into English. His reworking of Mary Shelley's iconic horror story is set in the Iraqi capital torn apart by sectarian violence.

Sisi’s Coronation and the Egyptian Opposition
By Maged Mandour

In an attempt to centralize power, the regime is in the process of creating one unified enemy, an alliance between the disgruntled security and civilian elites as well as the opposition.

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch
By David Elstein

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

New York empties its jails
By Andrew Purcell

A huge achievement that could even signify the beginning of a more rational, humane approach to American criminal justice: how was it done?

Lula da Silva as a nightmare
By Jaime Amparo Alves

The main threat to democracy in Brazil is posed by part of the judiciary; a dangerous, well-born, conservative class of mostly white men. And Lula da Silva is their worst nightmare

France bids for climate leadership
By Ludovica Meacci

Macron’s call to ‘make our planet great again’ must start at home. France is continuing to invest aggressively in nuclear power at the cost of renewable energy, and recent commitments to limit the production of fossil fuels are less ambitious then they might appear.

What’s the impact of the East China Sea oil spill?
By Feng Jie

The Sanchi has sunk but it's cargo could still damage the environment. The Sanchi was transporting 136,000 tonnes of condensate from Iran to South Korea when the collision happened.

About Shakespeare
By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Shakespeare discovered the secret of language. He had the advantage of living at a moment in history when a new language was coming into being. Modern English was emerging in common speech as a language of exceptional flexibility.

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