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Bonjour Tristesse

By Patrice de Beer in Politics, April 18, 2013

French parliamentarians – left or right, including the Socialist Speaker of the House – stick tooth and nail to their perks. The opposition is crying out against what they call being taken back to the times of Robespierre’s “Terror” under the French Revolution. François Hollande has the unenviable task of trying to give voters more confidence in their politicians who are generally considered to be corrupt.

A Right Royal Row

By Julian Petley in Features,

In the wake of the Leveson Report, Julian Petley, Professor of Screen Media at Brunel University looks beyond the disinformation campaign and dissects exactly how the Royal Charter will change the media industry in Britain. “There is an urgent need for a system of self-regulation ensuring that what we read in British newspapers has at least some relation to the truth”.

Why the Armenian Genocide Matters for America

By Nareg Seferian in Politics, April 16, 2013

There is good reason for the US to implement Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide as federal policy given that the “Greater Middle East” is so vital to American interests.

Global Markets’ Time Factor

By Mohamed A. El-Erian in Economics and Finance, April 11, 2013

In recent months, booming financial markets have been colliding head-on with dysfunctional politics. The key to success will be in the timing and the timekeepers are the Central Banks who do not always get it right especially if they are faced with further political headwinds.

The Somaliazation of Syria

By Giorgio Cafiero in Politics, April 10, 2013

Fundamental questions about Syria’s future divide Assad’s enemies. Disagreements over the role of Islam in governance, ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds, dialogue with the regime, and the role of foreign governments have stymied any attempt at creating a unified opposition.

Bird Count at the Coorong

By Alastair Wood in Environment, April 6, 2013

Birds are good barometers for the health of any environment. Alastair Wood takes part in the annual bird survey at the Coorong, the vast lagoon at the mouth of Australia’s mighty Murray River, whose eco-system has for years been in critical condition.

Kenya’s Electoral Trials

By Richard Trillo in Politics, April 2, 2013

The Supreme Court of Kenya has just announced its decision that Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the presidential elections should stand. Richard Trillo explains the background to Kenya’s current political circumstances.

Western Sahara and the UN – 22 years later

By Anna Theofilopoulou in Politics, March 31, 2013

The UN is persevering, but time is running out. The real cause for concern should be the growing number of young and disaffected people in the region.

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail

By Gary Burnett in Arts and Culture, March 28, 2013

Robert Johnson is a mythical figure in the history of the blues. The details of his life are sketchy but his versatility and invention make him the most influential blues singer ever.

The Guantánamo Bay Hunger Strike

By Aisha Maniar in Politics, March 27, 2013

The majority of the remaining 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been on hunger strike since early February, mostly held without charge or trial, yet there has been a continued media silence on the issue. This flagrant abuse of justice must be challenged.