Brexit and the rise of the far right

By John Weeks in Politics

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Far Right achieved its most important victory in British electoral history. Its referendum campaign rode to victory on one issue, immigration. The perception that “others” seize “British jobs”, drive down wages, and overburden public services dominated the campaign debate and overwhelmed all else. This was the revenge of the […]

Germany overhauls its flagship energy policy

By Arne Jungjohann in Environment

Germany is a world leader in renewable energy deployment. Driven by a long-term renewable energy policy that dates back decades and, more recently, a nuclear power phase-out, the country is spearheading a transition to renewables commonly known as the Energiewende (energy transition). For many years, the policy instrument of choice was a feed-in tariff (FIT). […]

Yang Jiang, farewell

By Kerry Brown in Features

The passing of the great Chinese writer, translator and intellectual Yang Jiang at the age of 104 on 26 May 2016 brings to an end one of the very last links with an era of Chinese history that predated the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Perhaps the only other figure of similar importance […]

Negative rates and seigniorage

By Daniel Gros in Economics and Finance

The business of central banks used to be profitable – they issue cash and can invest the proceeds in the assets they like.  The more cash they issued, the more they used to gain. But negative rates have upended this business model. Printing bank notes when interest rates go negative become a loss-making business. In […]

Newsletter – June 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month Cecilia Keating recounts her experiences working in the Elliniko refugee camp in Athens; Brad K. Blitz, Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Geneva explains that new data show that large swathes of the European public want their governments to show more solidarity with refugees, but instead the […]

Camping in Arrivals

By Cecilia Keating in Features

  Elliniko refugee camp in Athens feels like the the end of the world, something you might expect to find in a post-apocalyptic novel or in the newest Hunger Games instalment. I spent 10 days working in Elliniko this May with a Dutch NGO called Boat Refugee Foundation [BRF]. 1,500 refugees, the majority Afghan, live […]

Lost and Found Art in the City of São Paolo

By Irene Dogmatic in Arts and Culture

Recently I visited São Paolo, Brazil, and was fascinated by the rich cultural heritage there. São Paolo is a South American version of New York City, richly cultural, fascinatingly urban, and tropical as well. It is the third largest city in the world, with only Bombay and Mexico City being larger. I was amazed by […]

“Pink Cloud”: Short Fiction from Iran

By Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr in Features

Pink Cloud Translated by Nilou Mobasser On that cold morning of 23 December 1981, I only wanted to look at the cloud that had turned pink at sunrise. We were climbing a hill in single file and I was looking upwards, when suddenly a hail of bullets pierced my chest. I fell on my back. […]

Mawson’s Antarctic Newspaper

By Mark Samuels in Features

One hundred years after the “Aurora” set sail for the great southern land, a group of enthusiasts (the Friends of the State Library of South Australia) have retrieved the original copies of the Adelie Blizzard from the State Museum archives and published Mawson’s Antarctic newspaper in facsimile form. The publication of this testament to the […]

Australian Aboriginal Art

By Mick Steele in Arts and Culture

Traditional Aboriginal culture Aboriginal art is part of a culture of great antiquity. It took the form of rock, body and sand painting and weapon and implement painting and engraving and it was steeped in ceremony related to the Dreaming1. Whilst those forms of art have been practised continuously, they have more recently found expression […]

Brexit referendum folly

By Jan Zielonka in Politics

The EU referendum in the United Kingdom was intended as a festival of democracy, but it has proved to be an exercise in political madness. Brits pride themselves on being sensible and pragmatic people, but they embarked on a sentimental journey into the unknown. Rational arguments are being set aside while populists are having a […]

Turkey and NATO as seen from Ankara

By Stefano M. Torelli in Politics

Relations between NATO and Turkey appear to be at a crossroads. Never before as in recent months have so many critical voices been raised against Turkey, with some analysts and experts even suggesting the possibility that Ankara may be expelled by the Atlantic Alliance. The reasons are well known: on the one hand, Turkey is […]

Bob Dylan: in and out of time

By David Hayes in Arts and Culture

Longevity is in these days. A young meteor of film or music racing through fast life to early death will always have romantic appeal. A mid-career artist’s grapple with setback or misfortune can have a nobility of its own. But a rock of ages pressing on against the fading of the light now seems to […]

From refugees to prisoners

By Brad K. Blitz in Features

Last week an asylum appeals committee in Lesbos upheld the appeal of an asylum seeker who had been one of the first Syrians listed for deportation under the terms of the EU-Turkey deal. The decision affirmed what many human rights commentators have been saying, that “temporary protection which could be offered by Turkey to the […]

Newsletter – May 2016

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month Lord Lester who sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat sets out why he’s leading a rebellion of peers against the government’s controversial BBC proposals, to be published today; Tom Salter, guitarist for the Peatbog Faeries looks back on the life of Papa Wemba of […]

Parliament will fight to protect the BBC

By Anthony Lester in Features

Today the government will publish a white paper setting out its plans for the future of the BBC. At the BAFTA awards on Sunday the director Peter Kosminsky rightly received a standing ovation. He used his acceptance speech to voice his fear that the White Paper will compromise our precious, independent, world-renowned organisation. He cautioned […]