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Africa at a fork in the road

By Ernesto Zedillo in Economics and Finance, August 28, 2015

Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and ex-President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, introduces an eBook he co-edited that illustrates some of the ambitious steps needed to unleash the tremendous potential of the African people towards the development of their nations.

The Yellow River: a history of China’s water crisis

By David A. Pietz in Features, August 24, 2015

Historian David Pietz argues China’s current water problems are deeply rooted in its past. Past choices and physical realities of the North China Plain continue to shape the present and future.

The siren song of financial realism

By Paul Tyson in Economics and Finance, August 22, 2015

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe explains Paul Tyson, Honorary Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Nottingham.

Magna Carta: a beggarly thing, a mess of pottage

By Denis Galligan in Features,

If Magna Carta is the cornerstone of liberty, why did the Levellers, democratic radicals of the 17th century, reject it as ‘containing many marks of intolerable bondage’?

Blueprint for Change

By Carlos Cuellar Brown in Environment, August 5, 2015

Everything in the universe is changing and social systems are no exception to this constant flux. But change is not an easy thing to accept, especially when it threatens the status quo and the world’s perception of normalcy.

China – climate hero or villain?

By Joe Curtin in Environment, July 25, 2015

China’s efforts to peak Greenhouse Gas Emissions and move away from coal means other large emitters have no excuse for inaction, writes Joe Curtin of the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Time to fight for the BBC

By Peter Oborne in Politics, July 21, 2015

Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of the Telegraph explains that George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC. They are launching a concerted assault on Britain’s democratic public culture.

The crisis of democracy in Japan

By Shujiro Yazawa in Politics, July 19, 2015

Shujiro Yazawam Professor Emeritus from Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University in Tokyo explains that Japan is on the brink of changing from a pacifist state to one prepared to go to war if necessary. Now, more than ever, we must refocus international scrutiny on the country’s social movements.

Publisher of the European Renaissance

By Mario Infelise in Features,

Aldus Manutius is the man who transformed the printed book into the most effective tool for the accumulation and dissemination of human knowledge of the last five centuries.

North African diversities

By Francis Ghilès in Features,

A fascinating personal account by Francis Ghilès, senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He recounts the many strands of his singular and very Mediterranean life – Berber and Algerian, Jewish and Islamic, French and English, Arab and European.