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Sex Mob and Way Beyond….

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, May 19, 2011

TGD catches up with Steven Bernstein, trumpeter, slide trumpeter, arranger/composer and bandleader from New York City. He is best known for his work with Millennial Territory Orchestra, Sex Mob, Spanish Fly and The Lounge Lizards. And much more…

Why the West Rules For Now

By The Global Dispatches in Arts and Culture,

Eminent Stanford polymath, Ian Morris, speaks to The Global Dispatches about his new book, explaining why the paths of development differed in the East and the West and predicting when the West’s lead will come to an end.

Kurdish Politics and Newroz 2011

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics,

Newroz, the Kurdish (and Persian) New Year, has always had political overtones. This year Newroz happened to fall right in the middle of campaigning for the Turkish national elections, to be held on 12 June 2011.

Vakifli – Antioch

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Features, March 6, 2011

The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923. However, one region, the most Southern province of Hatay only joined in 1939, bringing with it a diverse population, an unusually successful multi-culturalism (Arab-Sunni, Arab-Alevi, Arab-Orthodox, Turkmen and Turks) and a very rich rich history.

Oil, Food and Riots

By Allston Mitchell in Economics and Finance, March 4, 2011

A combination of skyrocketing food prices and an oil price being sent ever higher by social upheaval in North Africa is worrying many. In the last twelve months the price of corn has increased by 83%, wheat by 75% and coffee by 85%. Climate change, richer diets, droughts and floods are all contributing to an unstable scenario.

Green Island, Taiwan

By Constantine Rusanov in Travel Writing, February 26, 2011

At about twenty miles off the eastern shore of Taiwan, this jungle-carpeted volcanic outcrop may be an ideal retreat from the glitz and hubbub of the country’s major urban centers, but, for better or worse, it has been pretty much ignored by international travelers.

Summer in Baden-Baden

By Valentina Bonelli in Arts and Culture, February 4, 2011

Since the early 19th century, the Russian nobility and intelligentsia have been regular visitors to the German spa town of Baden-Baden. Turgenev, Goncharov and Dostoevsky are among the illustrious predecessors of the modern Russian tourists who still flock to the town.

Green Skies Over Europe

By Massimiliano Bianconcini in Environment, February 3, 2011

Airlines are employing a variety of “green” features and policies to compensate for their CO2 emissions. Some are creating hydro-electric stations in South America, or financing social projects and others are investing directly in cleaner engine technology. But is legislation or a green tax the answer to reducing airline emissions?

Xi’an’s Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

By Irene Dogmatic in Travel Writing, February 2, 2011

Xi’an attracts huge crowds of (predominantly Chinese) tourists every year thanks to the Terracotta Warriors in the Mausoleum of China’s first emperor. However, having read “The Journey to the West”, I was keen to see another of Xi’an’s fabled attractions: the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

Trichet’s Double Bind

By Allston Mitchell in Economics and Finance,

The President of the European Central Bank faces a dilemma – to fight rising inflation in Europe by raising interest rates or to keep rates low to make life bearable for the highly indebted “peripheral” countries like Ireland, Portugal and Spain.