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Review: Gazdanov’s ‘The Spectre of Alexander Wolf’

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, April 28, 2015

Pushkin Press has published a priceless gem by the Russian emigré writer Gaito Gazdanov whose own life was about as exciting as this high octane novella. Highly recommended.

Murder in Lombard St: The Commercial War of 1379

By Amedeo Feniello in Features,

“There will be fight without quarter and no compromise toward any threat to London’s market supremacy, including even assassination if need be”.

The coming defaults of Greece

By Charles Wyplosz in Economics and Finance,

It seems that there will be no agreement between Greece and its Eurozone partners. Short of cash, the Greek government will have no choice but to suspend payment of its maturing debts. Prof. Charles Wyplosz looks at what happens next. In brief, it will be very much up to the ECB to decide.

A case that blew the lid off the World Bank’s secret courts

By Jim Shultz in Politics,

How Bolivian protesters and global activists exposed the dark side of global trade pacts and paved the way for the battles to come.

Obama’s Triple Crown

By John Feffer in Politics, April 19, 2015

Obama is no peace president, but he has won important diplomatic victories. Will they survive the 2016 election? He has two years to make the rapprochements with Iran and Cuba irreversible. If he can do that, and bring about a ceasefire in Syria, his diplomatic legacy will be secure.

China’s new silk roads tie together 3 continents

By Brian Eyler in Environment,

China’s ‘new silk roads’ will have huge environmental consequences in Asia and Africa as giant infrastructure projects open up remote areas and build links reaching as far as Europe.

Deflation: Transferring Wealth to Rentiers

By Ann Pettifor in Features, April 18, 2015

Deflation is taking hold across the world and the finance sector has so successfully captured the imaginations of policy makers that no one recognises the threat.

Yemen: seeds of conflict, ground of transition

By Prince Hassan of Jordan in Politics,

The conflicts in Yemen belong to a complex history, with familial as well as political dimensions. The deep Yemeni context must be grasped if a humane solution is to be found.

Elections in Argentina

By Fabián Rodríguez in Politics, March 24, 2015

For the first time in more than a decade, Argentina faces a political future without a Kirchner in the presidential office. And that is already news explains Fabián Rodríguez, the Editor-in-Chief of Télam, the national news agency of Argentina.

Tunisia, bridging the gulf

By Francis Ghilès in Politics,

The terrorist attack in Tunis highlights the challenges facing Tunisia’s new government and underlines the need for western support in meeting them. Tunisia is a lynchpin of regional security explains Francis Ghilès, senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs.