Newsletter – November 2017

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This month we publish a review of Rajko Grlić’s latest film “The Constitution”, an excellent, profound and moving tale set in an apartment block where the tensions of ex-Yugoslavia are played out; Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, looks back at the Balfour declaration noting that two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel; Michal Simecka, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague looks at the politics of the Czech Republic and David Held, master of University College, Durham University, professor of politics and international relations looks at the global political landscape which finds itself at a crucial crossroads and much more...

“The Constitution” by Rajko Grlić
By Allston Mitchell

Rajko Grlić's latest film "The Constitution" is excellent, profound and moving. Set in a building where the political tensions of former Yugoslavia are played out with a mixture of hatred, good grace, solidarity and bigotry. An intelligent movie that must be seen.

The Soviet economy 1917-1991
By Mark Harrison

Russia’s Soviet era was distinguished not by economic growth or human development, but by the use of the economy to build national power. The education of women and better survival rates of children improved opportunities for many citizens, but Soviet Russia was a tough and unequal environment.

100 years after Balfour
By Peter Oborne

The reality which still shames Israel. Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel. The former chief political commentator of the Telegraph looks back at the historic declaration.

Global politics at a crossroads
By David Held

The retreat to nationalism and militant identity politics is counter to the process of accommodation that has underpinned world peace since the end of the Second World War explains David Held, professor of politics and international relations at Durham University.

Babiš’ Czech Republic: too thin a gruel?
By Michal Simecka

There is always a chance that, owing to unforeseen domestic or external dynamics, the Czech Republic may yet slide into illiberal isolation. But it will be not be by design.

Dreamer’s Gate
By Irene Dogmatic

Standing by itself on the road running through the small town of Collector in New South Wales, the unfinished sculpture of Dreamer's Gate exudes a ghostly elegance, in tan and windblown concrete and wire,

George Steiner: The Gift of Memory
By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Has Truth a Future? George Steiner’s question may have sounded over-stated when it was first asked thirty years ago, but history has revealed the prescience of Dr Steiner’s urgent concern.

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