Cafés chantants in Belle Epoque Naples

By Francesco Barbagallo in Features

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Naples, the former capital of the Italian Mezzogiorno, was hit hard by a serious calamity: a cholera epidemic that had already long disappeared from the capitals of Europe. And by the turn of the twentieth century, Naples was struggling to keep up with the Industrial Revolution which would […]

Central Transitions

By Carlos Cuellar Brown in Environment

Much of the problems with civilization are attributable to the centralization of social control. Social control has been around ever since the first wise person decided to own land and dominate others, perpetuating his or her own agenda. In the modern times, political forces have dominated the social agenda with layers of bureaucracy for every […]

Finance and the Climate

By Andrea Baranes in Environment

Not only does finance today exacerbate instability and continues to give rise to new crises; not only does it constantly require public capital to save it from collapsing – think of bailout plans – but also, and this is the biggest paradox, it is not even able to do what it should do. On the […]

No Climate Deal Is Better Than a Bad One

By Walden Bello in Environment

What’s been billed as the meeting that will determine the fate of the planet is now underway in Paris. The outcome of the 21st Conference of Parties — or COP 21, for short — of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will determine whether the world might be able to keep average temperatures […]

Tribalisation or the end of globalisation

By Koert Debeuf in Features

What will be the consequences of the attacks on Paris? The short-term results are known: France and the UK will intensify their fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, security is tightened everywhere in Europe and borders inside the Schengen zone are controlled again. The question in this article however is what the consequences will […]

Newsletter – November 2015

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month, Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Director of Border Criminologies looks at the history and the current state of border detention in Europe; Vivill Vinsrygg, a Norwegian transport institute official suggests that Oslo’s proposal to ban most cars from its centre is likely […]

The Prague Café

By Jan Hornát in Politics

Czech president Milos Zeman is currently halfway through his first presidential term and it has become more than obvious that his divisive election campaign was not just a calculated move to secure victory, but an enduring political tactic. The divisions that Zeman aims to foster do not copy class or social status lines, nor are […]

Immigration Detention in Europe

By Mary Bosworth in Features

Well before the current mass arrival of refugees, Europe has been busy closing its borders. As part of this attempt to ‘manage migration’, most member states have witnessed a growing intersection between criminal justice and immigration policy, introducing a host of new legislation criminalising matters that used to be purely administrative. Police have acquired new […]

A vote against religious hate

By L K Sharma in Politics

In the history of democracy in India, the Bihar state assembly elections will be recorded as a major turning point. The voters rebuffed the Indian Prime Minister’s party that unleashed a divisive poll campaign to consolidate the Hindu voters in its favour. The voters gave a stunning victory to a coalition of secular parties with […]

Can Oslo’s car ban help drive the future?

By Vivill Vinsrygg in Environment

This week, Oslo’s new city government said it wants to ban private cars from the city centre within four years as part of a plan for big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a move that potentially goes further than the partial bans on car use in other European cities and will require much further […]

Carney warns on financial risks of climate change

By John McGarrity in Environment

The head of the UK’s central bank has issued a fresh warning about the economic impact of climate change and, in particular, on the huge costs that wild weather could wreak on insurers and other financial institutions. In a speech, Mark Carney told a gathering of leading insurers this week that the threat posed by climate […]

Erdogan’s triumph and Turkey’s future

By Dimitar Bechev and Nathalie Tocci in Politics

Love him or hate him but Recep Tayyip Erdogan has yet again demonstrated his supreme talent as a political operator. In the elections of 1 November 2015, his Justice & Development Party (AKP) obtained a majority in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, winning 49.4% of the vote – an increase from 40.9% (and 4.5 million voters) […]

Congo’s uncertain election

By William Clowes in Politics

Towards the end of last month, on 25 October, the voters of the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls and elected representatives to sit in the parliaments of each of the country’s 26 provinces. That Sunday two weeks ago was the firing of a starting pistol which has launched a mammoth exercise in […]

China and the coming crisis

By Minqi Li in Economics and Finance

Several leading mainstream economic institutions are warning of the risk of the coming global economic crisis. On 8 September, the Citi Group published a research report, “Is China Leading the World into Recession?”, written by Willem Buiter, Citi’s chief economist. The report warns that “a global recession starting in 2016, led by China is now our Global […]

On the origins of human rights

By Samuel Moyn in Features

The recent crisis over refugees is a valuable reminder of a dark past that Europeans often like to forget. In so many ways, especially since the end of the Cold War, Europeans have celebrated human rights as their most impressive contribution to world affairs. It rapidly became the signature achievement that, they insisted, distinguished their […]

AKP strongholds are still strong

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics

Some would describe the situation in Turkey since the 7 June general elections as chaos, turmoil or a process of Middle Easternization. More than 700 dead, among them more than 160 security forces, several Kurdish cities had a curfew for more than a week. The Nur neighbourhood in Cizre was sealed off for a full […]