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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

By Nick Turse in Politics, April 20, 2014

“It turns out that, if you want to know what the U.S. military is doing in Africa, it’s advantageous to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking for business. Then you’re privy to quite a different type of insider assessment of the future of the U.S. presence there.” .

How to Address Inequality

By Jeffrey Frankel in Economics and Finance, April 19, 2014

Professor of Economics at Harvard, Kennedy School, Jeffrey Frankel, argues that commentators should focus on identifying the policies that are best suited to improving income distributions efficiently, and the politicians that support them.

The “Heraldo de Madrid” Returns

By Allston Mitchell in Features, April 18, 2014

When army divisions led by General Franco took Madrid on 28 March 1939, one of their first acts was to send a group of Falangist militiamen to seize the offices of the Heraldo de Madrid by force of arms. 75 years on, a commemorative issue has been printed, underscoring the fragile state of Spain’s news media.

An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne

By Julian Barnes in Arts and Culture, April 1, 2014

A young de Maupassant was invited to lunch at the holiday cottage of Swinburne. The encounter included: a flayed human hand, pornography, monkey meat, and inordinate amounts of alcohol.

A geopolitical chess game in Crimea

By Vlad Chorazy in Politics, March 31, 2014

The “onboarding” of Crimea exacerbates Russia’s political and economic vulnerability. However, costs will be high for all parties, as they will have to adapt to new geopolitical realities that will weigh on regional and international relations throughout the entire 21st century.

Venezuela: taking the counter- out of revolution

By Ivan Briscoe in Politics,

Venezuela is politically polarised and so is much of the coverage of it. But just as the violence is now kaleidoscopic the international response must become more complex.

Big Brother is cashing in on you

By Caroline Baylon in Features, March 28, 2014

The internet’s cookie monsters are harvesting your secrets. A £90 billion industry is going unregulated and unchecked, gathering seemingly unrelated information for trade and profit. Data brokers buy information from companies that are selling data on the internet users who visit their websites.

Opposition, AKP and democracy in Turkey

By A.Kadir Yildirim in Politics, March 22, 2014

Political life in Turkey is increasingly undemocratic and authoritarian. How can this institutional weakness be overcome?

Vietnam and the Philippines Confront China

By Walden Bello in Politics,

The Philippines and Vietnam are natural allies in their common territorial struggles against China. But they should leave Washington out of it.

Trading Away Democracy

By Andrew Erwin in Politics,

The proposed “free trade” agreement between the USA and the European Union undermines the democratic process. A provision called ISDS would allow foreign corporations to sue governments before special international tribunals over domestic laws that interfere with corporate profits.