Newsletter – December 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month we have a report on Australia's Great Barrier Reef by Jon C Day, Alana Grech and Jon Brodie; an interview on the future of Europe with Quentin Peel, an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House and former foreign affairs editor with the Financial Times, a Namibian travelogue by Olga Iazzarrelli and much more.

Enjoy the festivities and see you in 2017, may the Lord have mercy on us!

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.

Australia stalling on Great Barrier Reef protection
By Jon C Day, Alana Grech, Jon Brodie

The world's most iconic reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO.

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel.
By Francesc Badia i Dalmases

Quentin Peel is an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House and former foreign affairs editor with the Financial Times.

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action
By Oscar Reyes

Climate activists remain hopeful despite the potentially disastrous Trump administration.

Across the Namibian Desert
By Olga Iazzarelli

Accompanying us each day was the sun's flaming orb, rising each morning and setting each night - an unvarying ball of fire burnishing the red sandy deserts of Namibia.

Italy: the next domino to fall
By Michele Monni

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend, as Italians vote on a controversial referendum seen as a plebiscite on Renzi himself.

Xi’s “new era” of China-Latin America relations
By Matt Ferchen

Xi Jinping’s South America tour is an opportunity to improve trade terms between China and its partners, writes Matt Ferchen.

Ethiopia’s crisis
By René Lefort

Almost exactly a year ago, Ethiopia entered its worst crisis since the arrival of the regime in 1991. Last month, a state of emergency was proclaimed. These two events have generated a flood of commentary and analysis. A few key points, sometimes underplayed if not ignored, are worth closer attention.

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.

“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.

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