Catalonia revisited: farewell to great expectations?

By Patrice de Beer in Politics

It can sometimes be sensible to revisit oneself. Especially in this ever-changing and ever-deceiving world of ours. Just to remind ourselves, and our readers, that we are all fallible and, at times, carried away by hopes or fears. This was the case when, ten years ago, I wrote a piece on Ukraine’s first free elections […]

Another arrested revolution in the East

By L K Sharma in Politics

Fidel Castro is dead but a leader determined to unleash a cultural revolution has risen in democratic India. On one dramatic night, an elected Prime Minister announces his decision to purge India of financial corruption and people the nation with honest citizens. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in one fell swoop, killed 86 per cent of […]

Newsletter – December 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month we have a report on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by Jon C Day, Alana Grech and Jon Brodie; an interview on the future of Europe with Quentin Peel, an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House and former foreign affairs editor with the Financial Times, a […]

Australia stalling on Great Barrier Reef protection

By Jon C Day, Alana Grech, Jon Brodie in Environment

At first glance, the progress reports on the Great Barrier Reef released last week by the Australian and Queensland governments might seem impressive. The update on the Reef 2050 Plan suggests that 135 of the plan’s 151 actions are either complete or on track. The Australian government’s apparent intention in releasing five recent reports is to reassure UNESCO that the Great […]

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel.

By Francesc Badia i Dalmases in Features

Francesc Badia i Dalmases: Quentin, what is happening? We seem to be witnessing turmoil all around the world. There is popular rejection of the political status quo in almost every continent. Is this the end of the liberal world order? Quentin Peel: I think it is less dramatic. When we had the global financial crisis […]

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

By Oscar Reyes in Environment

One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denial in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some potent imagery for how the devastation caused by his presidency might […]

Across the Namibian Desert

By Olga Iazzarelli in Travel Writing

Our journey began in Windhoek, the Namibian capital. We headed off across the desert aboard an air-conditioned, diesel-powered vehicle with reclining seats and sliding windows. It had a raised chassis, designed to keep clear of the dust and small stones thrown up by the wheels. I sat next to the driver Lutz Paschke, who was […]

Italy: the next domino to fall

By Michele Monni in Politics

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend – which started last summer with Brexit and was recently epitomised by the elections in the US – as Italy prepares to vote for a constitutional reform that many Italians perceive as a plebiscite […]

Xi’s “new era” of China-Latin America relations

By Matt Ferchen in Politics

By now, we should be accustomed to annual, high-level visits involving top Chinese and Latin American officials at which ambitious trade, investment and financial targets and deals are announced. Yet this year, Chinese media outlets are keen to stress that Xi’s visit, which began on Monday 21 and takes in Chile, Ecuador and Peru over seven days around the APEC summit […]

Ethiopia’s crisis

By René Lefort in Politics

“Mengist yelem!” – “Authority has disappeared!” People waited in vain for the government to react other than by brute force alone to the opposition it was facing and the resulting chaos. The unrest in Oromya, Ethiopia’s most populous state with 35% of the country’s total population, began on November 12, 2015; the uprising in part […]

Newsletter – November 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

The Global Dispatches is speechless with horror…

Saving China’s stock market

By Yi Huang, Jianjun Miao, Pengfei Wang in Economics and Finance

From mid-June to early July of 2015, the Chinese Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index (SSECI) plunged by 32%, wiping out more than RMB 18 trillion in share value from its 12th June peak. The value lost was equivalent to about 30% of China’s GDP in 2014 and about 20% of US GDP in 2014. Figure […]

Mosul and Aleppo, a reshaping war

By Paul Rogers in Uncategorized

After two weeks of military assault on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, there is no sign of a definitive breakthrough. The attackers, a wide-ranging coalition of international forces, have made some incursions into its eastern environs. But the main part of the city, west of the Tigris, remains firmly under ISIS control. If ISIS […]

Trump’s triumph: how progressives must react

By Yanis Varoufakis in Features

Donald Trump’s victory marks the end of an era when a self-confident establishment preached the end of history, the end of passion and the supremacy of a technocracy working on behalf of the 1%. But the era it ushers in is not new. It is a new variant of the 1930s, featuring deflationary economics, xenophobia […]

America’s Dark Underbelly Is Now Its Face

By Peter Certo in Politics

An election that might have marked the ascension of America’s first woman president has instead proven historic for an altogether different reason. Namely, that Americans voted for the unabashedly anti-democratic alternative offered by her rival. And they did it despite his almost cartoonish shortcomings. Trump didn’t just offend pious liberals with his hard line on […]

Writing from Diyarbakır under blockade

By Nurcan Baysal in Features

Diyarbakır, the unofficial capital of the Kurdish people, has been one of the main locations of armed conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state. Since August 2015, numerous curfews have been declared in the city and its villages, hundreds of civilians have been killed, the centre of the 5000 year old city Suriçi was […]