Newsletter – August 2017

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

Dani Rodrik, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University looks at the economics that underpin the populist backlash; Prem Shankar Jha, a New Delhi based author and journalist explains why the climate change cause is not lost; Natalia Antonova on the power of the films of Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev; Patrice de Beer, former London and Washington correspondent for Le Monde on Emmanuel Macron's enormous responsibility that stems from his majority in parliament and much more...

Behind The Saudi-Qatari spat
By Ebrahim Deen and Na’eem Jeenah

The sanctions on Qatar aim to force the government of Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to alter its foreign policy – particularly regarding its warming relations with Iran.

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian
By Natalia Antonova

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

Macron and absolute responsibility
By Patrice de Beer

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

The Coming Conflict with Iran
By John Feffer

Behind all of Trump's boneheaded policies in the Middle East is an unmistakable urge for confrontation with Iran. The nuclear deal that Iran signed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the European Union is hanging by a thread.

The Spike in Killings of Mexican Journalists
By Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio

Mexico is the third deadliest place in the world to do journalism — and the U.S. is making things worse.

Economics of the populist backlash
By Dani Rodrik

The populist backlash to globalisation should not have come as a surprise, in light of economic history and economic theory. However, the specific forms it took were less surprising, and are related to the forms in which globalisation shocks make themselves felt in society.

The climate change cause is not lost
By Prem Shankar Jha

The world needs a concerted effort to subsidise innovative technologies, writes. "Contrary to world-wide belief, technologies that can reduce carbon emissions not only exist but are close to being profitable for investors, even during the current slump in global coal, oil and gas prices."

Uncertain comma Texas
By Tony Curzon Price

"Uncertain" is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literally and figuratively troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away "you've got to be lost to find it".

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