Newsletter – March 2018

Welcome to the Global Dispatches,

This month, Tarek Osman, the author of “Islamism: A History of Political Islam” (Yale, 2017) and the international bestselling book “Egypt on the Brink” (Yale, 2010).  writes on what is making England anxious. He has written and presented several BBC documentaries including the Radio-4 series “The Making of the Modern Arab World”, “Sands of Time”, and “Islam Divided”; Rafael Vilasanjuan: Secretary General of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) between 1999 and 2005 examines the latest scandals hitting aid agencies and NGOs: Jon Danielsson, a Director of the ESRC funded Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics taked on crypto-currencies and much more...

Crypto currencies don’t make sense
By Jon Danielsson

Cryptocurrencies are supposedly a new and superior form of money and investments – the way of the future. The author of this article, however, does not see the point of cryptocurrencies, finding them no better than existing fiat money or good investments.

England is Anxious
By Tarek Osman

Rather than comfort ourselves with nostalgia for monarchy, empire, church, and the ‘special relationship’, it’s time to embrace confusion - and optimism? - about what ‘England’ could mean in the modern world.

Sex and Charity
By Rafael Vilasanjuan

Regarding the massive scandal involving chief executives of big NGOs, the situation must be considered through the lens of how we have dealt with sexual abuse. But we must be wary of how this is used to justify budget cuts.

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich
By Emmanuel Dalle Mulle

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

Baudelaire’s Parisian Scenes
By Daniel Finch-Race

Charles Baudelaire's poetic masterpiece, Les Fleurs du mal, underwent extensive reworking between 1857 and 1868, as did the French capital in which he was writing. Daniel Finch-Race explores the ecopoetic implications of such upheaval in 'Le cygne', a poem torn between antiquity and modernity.

Brazil’s Political Carnival
By Eduarda Fontes

In the midst of the country’s haunting political crisis, more than ever before Carnival in Brazil has become an occasion for criticism, parody and political caricature.

The Syrian Kurds at a crossroad
By Alan Hasan

The sharp regional and international alignments that have currently gripped the Middle East in general, and Syria in particular, have put the Syrian Kurds at a crossroads.

Statues are not safe in India
By L K Sharma

One cynic says that after every election, the new Government can spend its first year in uninstalling the statutes erected by the previous regime. One commentator is sure that streets named after Lenin will now be renamed to glorify some Hindu nationalist leader!

Proust and Scott Moncrieff
By William C. Carter

Scott Moncrieff’s English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu is widely hailed as a masterpiece in its own right. William C. Carter explores the somewhat sticky issue of how the Shakespearean title missed the mark regarding Proust’s theory of memory.

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