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China must step up on climate leadership

By Joanna Lewis - Li Shuo in Environment, April 20, 2017

Where has the Trump administration left the US-China bilateral cooperation agenda?

French tragedy or farce: Part 1

By Philippe Marlière in Politics,

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle’s fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens’ Revolution look like?

Gertrude Bell: the tragedy of her Baghdad letters

By Tony Curzon Price in Features,

A remarkable new documentary assembled from Gertrude Bell’s letters read over archive footage makes us wish for what might have been.

Why is she “frit”?

By Anthony Barnett in Politics,

What is the British prime minister afraid of? She is no longer a woman of her word, but a woman running scared, knowing she will have to compromise, afraid of the insane hard-liners in her own back-benches who have never trusted a remainer like her anyway, wanting to ‘be in control’ over the whole Brexit negotiation, including its compromises, and running for presidential authority over it.

Elahe – Voice of an Angel

By Mitra Hooshiar in Arts and Culture, April 11, 2017

The life and music of legendary Iranian singer Elahe, discussed by Mitra Hooshiar. Born in 1934 in the ancient city of Yazd in central Iran, she enjoyed her heyday during the 60s and 70s via the popular radio programme Golha.

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, April 10, 2017

The story comes over almost as a religious parable for our times pitting Nazi-skins against homeless saviours of the night. There is no excuse for being inhuman, not even dire poverty.

Brexit: yes, you will suffer as well

By Jan Zielonka in Politics, April 2, 2017

Bankrupt regions, impoverished hospitals, overcrowded prisons: Brexit will affect everybody in Europe. And yet nobody is taking responsibility for the mess explains Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, March 30, 2017

A masterpiece of modern world literature has recently been published by New York Review of Books Classics. The tale of a renegade Brahmin whose dissolute life brings consternation and doubt to his community when he suddenly dies.

Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries

By Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman in Economics and Finance, March 29, 2017

The rise of economic inequality is one of today’s most hotly debated issues. But a disconnect between the different data sets used to measure and understand inequality makes it hard to address important economic and policy questions.

The war in Yemen: two years old and maturing?

By Helen Lackner in Politics, March 26, 2017

The United Nations has stated that, of the four famines predicted for 2017, Yemen is the worst, with seven million people close to starvation and a further ten million in urgent need.