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Brazil’s Political Carnival

By Eduarda Fontes in Politics, March 12, 2018

In the midst of the country’s haunting political crisis, more than ever before Carnival in Brazil has become an occasion for criticism, parody and political caricature.

The Syrian Kurds at a crossroad

By Alan Hasan in Politics,

The sharp regional and international alignments that have currently gripped the Middle East in general, and Syria in particular, have put the Syrian Kurds at a crossroads.

Statues are not safe in India

By L K Sharma in Features,

One cynic says that after every election, the new Government can spend its first year in uninstalling the statutes erected by the previous regime. One commentator is sure that streets named after Lenin will now be renamed to glorify some Hindu nationalist leader!

Crypto currencies don’t make sense

By Jon Danielsson in Economics and Finance,

Cryptocurrencies are supposedly a new and superior form of money and investments – the way of the future. The author of this article, however, does not see the point of cryptocurrencies, finding them no better than existing fiat money or good investments.

Proust and Scott Moncrieff

By William C. Carter in Arts and Culture, March 10, 2018

Scott Moncrieff’s English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu is widely hailed as a masterpiece in its own right. William C. Carter explores the somewhat sticky issue of how the Shakespearean title missed the mark regarding Proust’s theory of memory.

“Frankenstein in Baghdad” Review

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, February 16, 2018

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 Politics, February 8, 2018

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 in Economics and Finance, February 7, 2018

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 in Features,

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 in Politics,

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