France’s European spleen

By Aurelien Mondon in Politics

What happened in 2009 At the height of the economic crisis, the 2009 European elections saw the moderate right’s UMP return as the strongest force in France, with 29 members of parliament out of 78 (27.9%) (up from 17). These elections also highlighted the weakness of the moderate left; in times of economic turmoil the […]

Thailand’s Deep Divide

By Walden Bello in Politics

With popular singers belting out Queen’s “We are the Champions” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the enormous protests taking place against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra’s government have all the cultural luster of a progressive cause. Professional and highly educated people crowd the streets, and young people shout passionately against corruption. Middle class liberals around the […]

Goodbye Childhood

By Paul N. Avakian in Features

Another disclosure and gradually the effects of US policy become clearer.  This time the focus is on the youth and their struggle to make sense of life in a country where the constructs of a civil society were stripped away by a savage, prolonged civil war. Guatemala has long been a country where social and […]

Clouds over Honduras

By Sam Badger - Giorgio Cafiero in Politics

Honduras’ new president, Juan Orlando Hernández, takes office on January 27. However, given ongoing questions about his victory in November’s election, the legitimacy of Hernández’s presidency remains in doubt. On this shaky democratic mandate, Hernández will likely continue to militarize Honduran society while implementing more of the neoliberal economic measures that have increased income inequality […]

An Interview with Ai Weiwei

By Ai Weiwei and En Liang Khong in Arts and Culture

While China prepared for the 2008 Olympics, the artist Ai Weiwei was busy collaborating with the Swiss architectural firm, Herzog & de Meuron, on the Bird’s Nest stadium. Gradually, Ai began to experience a deep sense of disgust: “I was so involved in architecture that it opened my eyes to society, dealing with bureaucracy, policies […]

Newsletter – January 2014

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month, Conn Hallinan on the drone war that was until recently limited to Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia but soon to arrive in western China, Eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, highland Peru, South Asia, and the Amazon basin; world renowned economist Barry Eichengreen and Poonam Gupta on the turmoil that […]

The Dangers of a South Sudanese Civil War

By Daniel Wagner - Giorgio Cafiero in Politics

The turmoil that erupted in Juba last month threatens to ignite a full scale ethnic civil war. If peace talks fail, a potential genocide may even result. Certainly, political risks for foreign investors and neighboring governments would increase under such circumstances. Given South Sudan’s position as a regional oil producing country, a civil war would […]

U.S and Morocco: good intentions do not help

By Anna Theofilopoulou in Politics

Introduction On 22 November 2013, King Mohammed VI of Morocco visited Washington, DC for his first meeting ever with President Obama.  The visit followed a difficult and awkward interaction between the two countries in the UN Security Council in April 2013. At that time, without any warning, the US proposed that the United Nations Mission […]

A BRIC in Search of a Growth Model

By Richard Segal in Economics and Finance

It is tempting to begin a critique of the Brazilian economic model by lamenting an overreliance on exports to China and this would be true, but it tells only part of the story. To begin with, China has become the largest single importer of Brazilian goods, almost from a standing start at the turn of […]

Caruso the Pop Idol

By John Potter in Arts and Culture

This article was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. If you wish to reuse it please see: ======================================== ‘…Then someone sat me down last night and I heard Caruso sing / He’s almost as good as Presley…’ Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl), from ‘The Night I heard Caruso […]

Conspiracy of silence on the EU-US trade deal

By David Owen in Politics

Sources close to the mandate negotiations say that unlike the CETA (the Canadian EU trade negotiations) that there is at present no plan to exclude arrangements for health care and protection and in particular for the NHS in its different forms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Because of the intense secrecy surrounding the proceedings […]

The Ukraine-Russia deal

By Charles Wyplosz in Politics

As the price to deter a westward move of Ukraine, Russia has made an offer that the Ukrainian president has found impossible to turn down, if he ever contemplated seriously tying his country to the EU. This is generally hailed as a master coup by President Putin and a great relief for President Yanukovych. In […]

China and the Great Game

By Haifa Peerzada in Politics

The conflict in Afghanistan is becoming more complex by the day, spreading beyond its borders into south Asia. There are four main parties: the US, Pakistan, Afghanistan itself and the Afghan Taliban. Others, previously remotely involved, are increasingly drawn in—the most prominent being China. China’s growth rate of close to 10 per cent per annum […]

Brazil in 2013: a historic adventure

By Arthur Ituassu in Politics

It has been quite a year in Brazil. The country experienced huge demonstrations as more than one million people protested in the streets. These were the largest popular eruptions since 1992, when president Fernando Collor de Mello was impeached. In addition, the biggest political corruption scandal (the so-called mensalão) since the end of the military […]

Kim the Third

By John Feffer in Politics

Several years before William Shakespeare wrote his first play, England was rocked by a bloody political scandal. Queen Elizabeth, the virgin monarch who had been on the throne for nearly three decades, was in a battle of wills with her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. England’s religious future was at stake. Would it stay Protestant, […]

Fed tapering and emerging markets

By Barry Eichengreen - Poonam Gupta in Economics and Finance

Fed tapering has started. A revival of last summer’s emerging economy turmoil is a real concern. This column discusses new research into who was hit and why by the June 2013 taper-talk shock. Those hit hardest had relatively large and liquid financial markets, and had allowed large rises in their currency values and their trade […]