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Handel in Bhutan

By Alessandra Quattrocchi in Arts and Culture, January 17, 2015

In October, Handel’s opera; “Acis and Galatea” will be performed in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu – an ambitious and utopian project that will see combined the genius of Handel with traditional Bhutanese dance and music. The conductor Aaron Carpené assures us; “It promises to be an exciting and mysterious adventure into the world of Baroque opera”.

Greek Elections

By Eva Nanopoulos in Politics, January 6, 2015

A defeat of the radical left party Syriza in the upcoming Greek elections would not only mean a win for the conservative ‘New Democracy’ party. It would also testify to the growing prevalence of a ‘neo’ – and largely distorted – version of democracy explains Eva Nanopoulos, College Lecturer in Law at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

Is Turkey Holding Up a Resolution in Syria?

By Conn Hallinan in Politics, January 5, 2015

The pieces for a political deal to end the Syrian civil war are coming together — if Ankara will let them.

China, Questions of Loyalty

By Kerry Brown in Politics,

What determines political survival among China’s party elite? Where are the traps that ensnare men like Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua? The ambiguities of loyalty are a useful way to bring these questions into focus.

Great Gamble on the Mekong

By Nathaniel Eisen in Environment, December 29, 2014

A proposed dam on the Mekong River would provide energy for the region, but at a significant environmental cost. “Great Gamble on the Mekong”, a new documentary from filmmaker and journalist Tom Fawthrop, insightfully details the probable dire consequences of this dam.

Tunisia: the Arab exception’s test

By Francis Ghilès in Politics, December 23, 2014

The election victory of Béji Caid Essebsi is a vital moment in the pioneer country of the Arab revolts. It also reveals the scale of Tunisia’s economic challenges. “The new Tunisian leaders will also need western countries to put their money where their mouths are”.

The Method in Israel’s Madness

By Deborah Maccoby in Features, December 18, 2014

Israel has gone on the rampage in Gaza three times in six years. Norman Finkelstein’s latest book is a devastating assault on the myths that make the massacres possible.

UN climate talks stumble on rich, poor divide

By Joydeep Gupta - Liu Hongqiao in Environment, December 13, 2014

Deep differences between developed and developing countries on how to divide the cost of tackling climate change are blocking agreement at the Lima summit.

Review: “Rising Ground” by Philip Marsden

By Allston Mitchell in Arts and Culture, December 12, 2014

Another excellent book by Philip Marsden. He takes us on a personal tour of Cornwall to discover how its “ritual landscapes” have the power to move us with their magnetism.

What “Free Trade” Has Done to Central America

By Manuel Perez-Rocha - Julia Paley in Politics, December 1, 2014

Warnings about the human and environmental costs of “free trade” went unheeded. Now the most vulnerable Central Americans are paying the price.