Newsletter – August 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month, we have a review of a translation of Turkish author Burhan Sönmez's highly acclaimed "Istanbul Istanbul"; Yanis Varoufakison the IMF's own admission by the IMF Independent Evaluation Office that the institution immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup; Daniel Akech Thiong on South Sudan "a country where a considerable number of citizens are crammed into UN protection camps out of fear of their own government", Mark Akkerman, a researcher at Stop Wapenhandel (Dutch Campaign Against Arms Trade), on the reltionship between migration and the arms trade and an interview with celebrated journalist John Pilger talking about China and US policy in Asia and much more...

Beat Box
By MC Ledbetter

Updated for August 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Incredible Bongo Band, Jesus Guerrero, Budos Band, Dead Combo, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Burhan Sönmez’s “Istanbul Istanbul”
By Bobbie Letterman

Review of a recently translated novel by celebrated Turkish author Burhan Sönmez. While unmistakeably political in nature, the individual stories eventually merge into a love poem to the city of Istanbul.

IMF confesses it immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup
By Yanis Varoufakis

The former Greek finance minister on the IMF.

“Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea” by Teffi
By Allston Mitchell

The writer and satirist "Teffi" was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave Russia for ever.

Politics of fear in South Sudan
By Daniel Akech Thiong

This is a country where a considerable number of citizens are crammed into UN protection camps out of fear of their own government.

Migration – follow the money
By Mark Akkerman

The EU must acknowledge its part in fuelling the drivers of migration and work to stop them, including the establishment of an embargo on arms sales to the Middle East and North Africa.

A Preview of The Coming War on China
By Maki Sunagawa - Daniel Broudy

Noted journalist John Pilger talks about China, Okinawa, and U.S. policy in Asia. "The Coming War on China" is his 60th film.

Public debt in the Eurozone
By Charles Wyplosz

The German Council of Economic Advisors recently proposed a mechanism for the orderly restructuring of sovereign debt in the Eurozone. The proposal builds on logical errors and embeds well-established ideas in a setup that suffers from serious limitations.

Istanbul: The City of Four Seasons
By Geoffrey Heptonstall

"Istanbul is a city defined by water because its parts are separated by water. But the Bosporus is not merely a channel: it is a border between continents. If you cross to the Asian side you will not find, as visitors have been known to anticipate, signs of an Asiatic culture. "

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