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Unsafe Turkey, unsafe Europe

By Sergio Carrera - Aikaterini Drakopoulou in Features, October 11, 2016

We need to look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows. The EU-Turkey Statement shows how the political shenanigans indulged in by some EU institutions lead in fact to more insecurity and uncertainty.

Mosul, the next target

By Paul Rogers in Politics,

The complex military operation to seize Iraq’s second city from ISIS’s grip is a microcosm of the long war. Wise observers, though, should wait at least six months and quite possibly a couple of years before judging its true success

The Mariinsky Ballet

By Valentina Bonelli in Arts and Culture, October 10, 2016

Valentina Bonelli looks at the history of the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company from its glorious beginnings under the creative direction of Marius Petipa and the patronage of the Tsars through the Soviet era and socialist realism up until the present day.

Tiberius and his Villa at Sperlonga

By Ludovico Pisani in Features,

Tiberius, the reluctant emperor, who ruled the Roman Empire from 14 AD to 37 AD, made his summer residence in Sperlonga south of Rome. Archaeologists have found a series of sculptures in the villa’s grotto that reveal a taste for Hellenic art and the adventures of Homeric hero Odysseus.

Colombia and the plebiscite: the peace that wasn’t

By Juan Gabriel Tokatlian in Politics, October 9, 2016

Maybe that only a mixture of active mass mobilization from below and strong external support from outside can revitalize the peace process.

How quantitative easing works

By Marco Di Maggio, Amir Kermani, Christopher Palmer in Economics and Finance,

When the financial sector is constrained and monetary stimulus is needed the most, flattening the yield curve is not enough – quantitative easing affects the real economy through a direct-lending channel that depends crucially on the type of assets purchased.

A flashpoint in South Asia?

By L K Sharma in Politics, September 11, 2016

“You question India’s territorial integrity, I will question Pakistan’s. You interfere in our internal affairs, we will interfere in yours.”

The ‘Ethiopian Spring’

By René Lefort in Politics,

There is every sign that Ethiopia is plunging into a crisis whose scale, intensity, and multiple and interdependent drivers are unprecedented since the founding of the regime in 1991 explains the author of “Ethiopia. An heretical revolution?”

The ebbing Latin American tide

By Álvaro Marcelo García Linera in Politics, September 7, 2016

Vice President of Bolivia Álvaro García Linera believes that revolutions come in waves. We publish his address at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (May, 27, 2016).

Lorca: 80 Years in a Mass Grave

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, September 2, 2016

Along with Cervantes, poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca is one of Spain’s most revered literary figures. However since his assassination by Fascist forces his body still lies undiscovered in a mass grave near Granada.