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The Theater of Peter Brook

By Geoffrey Heptonstall in Arts and Culture, March 31, 2016

Geoffrey Heptonstall on the unique talent and genius of theater director Peter Brook, from his early ground-breaking productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Conference of the Birds up to the uncluttered simplicity of his latest work.

Sailing the Southern Hemisphere

By Bettina Elten in Travel Writing, February 29, 2016

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, our expedition took us from the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) to the spectacular land and seascapes of Tierra del Fuego.

Negative rates, negative reactions

By Mark Cliffe in Economics and Finance, February 26, 2016

Mark Cliffe, Chief Economist of the ING Group explains that as doubts grow about the effectiveness of quantitative easing, monetary policymakers are leaning towards cutting interest rates further into negative territory as their preferred mode of easing.

“Tram 83” by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

By Allston Mitchell in Features,

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, a critique of neocolonialism is taking Africa and the world by storm. His nightmarish jazzy vision is peopled with poets, whores, pimps and post-marxist capitalists.

Nationalism Fever Strikes India

By L K Sharma in Politics,

The debate in India about ‘nationalism’ or ‘anti-nationalism’ is essentially between the pro and anti-Modi forces. “When a society is in a state of frenzy, words acquire different meanings. “Intolerance” becomes a word of abuse against the Prime Minister. “Freedom of expression” signifies anti-nationalism.”

How a Little Pink Flower Defeated a World Superpower

By Alfred W. McCoy in Features, February 25, 2016

The US must stop talking about sending the next wave of troops to Afghanistan, and tackle the country’s dependence on illicit opium instead.

Europe is our battlefield

By Neal Lawson in Features,

We must fight for the continental union we need. Opportunities like this rarely come around. We have to seize it. We don’t have much time. Europe is our battlefield. We cannot leave it to our enemies.

A realignment of Irish politics

By Barry Colfer in Politics,

On February 26 the Irish people take to the polls for the first general election since 2011. Support for Sinn Féin has surged from 9.9% in 2011 to as high as 19.5% but Ireland has not seen the attraction of radical, populist, anti-establishment, and Euro-sceptic parties like elsewhere in the EU.

The Republican implosion

By Lawrence Rosenthal in Politics, February 18, 2016

The profound dysfunction on display in the Republican party’s contest for its 2016 presidential nomination reflects an intraparty civil war that has been simmering for the past 25 years and has now burst out of control.

“Syria Burning” by Charles Glass

By Allston Mitchell in Features, February 7, 2016

A timely and eminently understandable guide to what is happening to Syria by Charles Glass who brings decades of front-line expertise to the problem. Using reportage, analysis and history he offers a well-informed and amazingly concise analysis of the war.