Newsletter – February 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month we look at the work of "Operaestrema", Aaron Carpenè and Stefano Vizioli who have taken Handel to Bhutan, Monteverdi to Japan and Mozart to Cambodia - operatic performances that have defied all the odds by creating a fusion of culturally diverse musical, dance and theatrical traditions; Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London  looks at the life of Zhou Youguang, the architect of China's literacy revolution who maintained an open-minded curiosity well into his second century; Mitja Stefancic, foretells the disaster that is about to strike Italian banks; Lev Myshkin reviews Lewis Lapham's new book "Age of Folly" and much more...

Orpheus in Japan
By Allston Mitchell

Handel in Bhutan, Monteverdi in Japan, Mozart in Cambodia...operatic performances that have defied all the odds by creating a fusion of culturally diverse musical, dance and theatrical traditions. JapanOrfeo was the latest project at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, conceived by Aaron Carpenè and Stefano Vizioli.

Lewis Lapham’s “Age of Folly”
By Allston Mitchell

A review of Lewis Lapham's collection of essays tracing the decline in American democracy since 1990 to the present day. It is a vital read from a great literary stylist, humanist and old-school scholar. There is wit, intelligence and a grasp of essentials on every page.

Brazil’s locomotive has stopped
By Nicola Bilotta

Oil production has been crucial in fostering not only economic but social growth in Brazil, but now the country is gripped by economic crisis and political instability.

Manipulation and lies threaten media and politicians
By Francis Ghilès

If America under Trump begins to look like the old Middle East and Russia, the risks of a crisis getting out of hand are huge.

Geronimo: The Warrior
By Edward Rielly

In 1906 Geronimo published his autobiography recounting the fascinating story of his life, from his years as a resistance fighter, to his capture and subsequent period of celebrity in which he appeared at the 1904 St Louis World Fair and met President Roosevelt.

Son House – Preachin’ the Blues
By Gary Burnett

Son House, the epitome of the Delta blues man, wavered all his life between doing the Lord's work as a minister and playing the devil's music. “Oh and I had religion Lord this very day. But the womens and the whiskey, well they would not let me pray.”

Zhou Youguang, the real hero of modern China
By Kerry Brown

The architect of China's literacy revolution maintained an open-minded curiosity well into his second century.

The deep troubles of Italian banks
By Mitja Stefancic

At the moment, the general outlook for Italian banking is anything but encouraging. Bad loans in Italian banks totalled €360 billion in 2016.

John Berger, witness to the human condition
By Anthony Barnett

He sought to protect and if necessary salvage humanity from the inhumanity of consumer capitalism. This gives all his work the quality of defiant resistance in the face of likely defeat.

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