Newsletter – May 2016

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 the SAPEURS; LK Sharma the distinguished Indian journalist looks at the rise of Donald Trump from abroad and Ernest Zedillo, the former president of Mexico looks at the failings of the War on Drugs, and much more.....

Parliament will fight to protect the BBC
By Anthony Lester

Lord Lester QC sets out why he's leading a rebellion of peers against the government's controversial BBC proposals, to be published today.

Trump diminishes democracy
By L K Sharma

How the Americans vote in their Presidential election should be only their business but it cannot be so because when America sneezes the world catches cold!

Papa Wemba of the Sapeurs
By Tom Salter

Papa Wemba, star of the third generation of post-1945 Congolese musicians, has died. He exemplified Congo's cultural knack of creating distinctive, non-western ways of defining modernity.

Investors to step up scrutiny of utilities on climate change
By Stephanie Pfeifer

Chief Executive of The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change suggests that Investors are likely to take utilities to task if they fail to disclose climate risks.

The Old Oil Order Is Collapsing
By Michael Klare

If even Saudi Arabia is ready to move away from its reliance on petroleum, we're indeed entering a new world — one in which the titans of oil production will no longer hold sway over our lives.

Rethinking the ‘war on drugs
By Ernesto Zedillo

The former President of Mexico on how Illegal drugs have become one of the planet’s most pressing problems. Ernesto Zedillo, introduces an eBook he edited on the issue that points very strongly in the direction of a serious reconsideration of drug policy.

2016 will be remembered as the EU’s year of shame
By Barbara Spinelli

2016 will be remembered as the year in which the European Union definitively broke the civilisation pact on which it was founded after the Second World War.

Xi Jinping: servant or dictator?
By Kerry Brown

China's communist party awaits a steer on its next leadership transition. But might the current president have other plans? "Sometime in 2016, a number of people in provincial or ministerial leadership positions might start to get more state media coverage, with clues appearing of their being positioned for promotion."

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