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Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova in Arts and Culture, July 8, 2017

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 in Politics,

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 in Politics, July 7, 2017

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 in Features,

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 in Economics and Finance,

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 in Environment,

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.”

Palestine: Imperial failures and their consequences

By Yair Svorai in Politics, June 21, 2017

The Nakba, central to Palestinian nationhood as much as the Holocaust is for Jews and slavery is for African-Americans, is the living reminder of the profound injustice inflicted upon the Palestinians.

Portraits of Pain

By Geoffrey Heptonstall in Arts and Culture, June 17, 2017

“It is in part thanks to Picasso that humanity retains its moral compass even as violence rages in the mouths of elected hypocrites of all persuasions. The importance of Guernica as a testimony is extraordinary. Aesthetically challenging and ethically uncompromising, Guernica is for many the masterwork of the modernist master.”

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, June 16, 2017

“The genius of the modern Arabic novel”. A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous “Season of Migration to the North”.

Interview with Jan Egeland

By Ana Garralda in Features,

Jan Egeland was one of the chief architects of the Oslo Accords, the secret negotiations between Israel and Palestine (1993-94) while Secretary of State in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Spanish news site spoke to him on the 50th anniversary of the occupation.