Search our archive

Masaccio’s “Holy Trinity”

By Bendicò in Arts and Culture, June 11, 2013

Florence produced many masters during the Renaissance, a miraculous feat given its 50,000 inhabitants but Masaccio stands out as a radical and innovative genius who changed the history of painting forever, leaving behind the stiffness of international gothic and inventing a new naturalness and vivacity.

After the Gold Rush

By Nouriel Roubini in Economics and Finance, June 9, 2013

Nouriel Roubini on why the gold bubble has burst and why gold is likely headed towards $1,000 in 2015. We may see some volatility in coming months but the underlying trend will be downwards, Gold remains John Maynard Keynes’s “barbarous relic,” with no intrinsic value and used mainly as a hedge against mostly irrational fear and panic. The gold rush is over.

In Bahrain, An Uprising Unabated

By Husain Abdulla in Politics, June 4, 2013

Husain Abdulla, the founder and Director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain looks at the last two years since the uprising in Bahrain and the vital relationship between the Bahraini rulers and the US administration.

Europe flunks the solar panel test

By François Godement in Environment, May 29, 2013

François Godement, Professor of political science at Sciences Po in Paris and Senior policy fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations asks whether the fact that Chinese solar panels are benefitting from unfair subsidies is damaging to the EU and its negotiating position.

Chemical weapons, the Middle East, the UN and Syria

By Bob Rigg in Features, May 20, 2013

The former senior editor of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Bob Rigg, asks: “In a region with a long history of nuclear and chemical weapons, when is a red line a red line?”

In Tehran, All Eyes on North Korea

By Giorgio Cafiero and Shawn VL in Politics, May 16, 2013

“What happens with respect to North Korea can affect Iran, and what happens with Iran can affect North Korea.” This statement, issued last month by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, underscores the Obama administration’s understanding of the North Korea-Iran connection.

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, May 12, 2013

Jerry Brotton’s “A History of the World in Twelve Maps” traces the history of the world through the development and art of map-making by looking in detail at twelve maps that literally made history.

A Financial Transaction Tax for Europe

By Andrea Baranes in Economics and Finance, May 11, 2013

A tax on financial transactions in Europe could reduce harmful speculation and help restore some political control over the markets. So why don’t we have one yet?

A short history of banks and democracy

By John Keane in Economics and Finance, May 10, 2013

The extraordinary bounce-back of the banks reveals the most disturbing, but least obvious, largely invisible, feature of the unfinished European crisis: the transformation of democratic taxation states into post-democratic banking states.

The Erosion of Europe

By Joschka Fischer in Politics, May 1, 2013

Joschka Fischer, German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, on the leadership crisis facing Europe, the possible disintegration of the Union and the need for a solidarity-based solution to the debt crisis.