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Khaled Khalifa: “In Praise of Hatred”

By Allston Mitchell in Features, September 15, 2011

Khaled Khalifa, author of the novel “In Praise of Hatred”, talks about his literary influences and Syria’s ongoing struggle for democracy. Already published in French, Dutch and Italian, the novel is set to be published in English in 2012.

US Debt. No Summer of Love…

By Allston Mitchell in Economics and Finance,

China is wagging its finger at the US for its cavalier attitude to its debt problem, equity investors are piling out as QE2 comes to an end; debt bears are warning of a US bond market meltdown; three rating agencies have now taken aim at the US economy and Congress is playing in the sandbox.

Chasing Gorillas is Better than Lions

By John Nelson in Travel Writing,

From Somerset to the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in Southwest Central Africa Republic. A trip to meet up with the Bayaka hunter-gatherer Pygmies, visit the big elephant clearing known as Dzanga Bai and follow the lowland gorillas.

Behind the Scenes with Kubrick

By Adrien Mory in Arts and Culture,

La Cinémathèque française in Paris is hosting a complete retrospective of the work of Stanley Kubrick. The exhibition is a great opportunity to re-discover the world of this unique and mysterious film maker who made such a mark on the 20th century.

Ukrainian Enigma

By Astrit Dakli in Politics,

Ten years after the murder of the journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, the Justice Department of Ukraine has charged former President Leonid Kuchma with involvement in the crime. Astrit Dakli asks who wants this high profile trial and why bring back to life an investigation that itself has been a litany of mysteries?

Al-Aswany: Books and Revolutions

By Allston Mitchell in Politics,

Egypt’s best-selling author Alaa Al Aswany talks to The Global Dispatches about his time in Tahrir Square during the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, his new book “On the State of Egypt”, Dostoyevsky, the Muslim Brotherhood and some neglected classics of Egyptian literature.

Pakistan: A Hard Country

By Allston Mitchell in Politics,

Interview with Anatol Lieven, the author of the recently released “Pakistan: A Hard Country”. He is Professor of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King’s College, London and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC.

T.E. Lawrence and Clouds Hill

By Westrow Cooper in Arts and Culture,

As the extraordinary series of events has unfolded across the Arab world this spring, and rebellion and war stretch across the land and the airwaves, echoes of this conflict reverberate all the way to a tiny cottage in a quiet corner of the English countryside.

Western Sahara: hope for change?

By Anna Theofilopoulou in Politics, May 20, 2011

April 2011 marked the 20th anniversary since the U.N. assumed responsibility to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara. There have been scant results so far with no hope of an early resolution. The ‘Arab Spring’ offers some opportunities for progress. Will the Council and ‘Friends’ take them?

Killing Osama: Justice Done?

By A. B. Qazi M. Shafique in Politics, May 19, 2011

In early May, Barack Obama announced to the world the end of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. But now the world needs to face the question: is this justice? This article, written by two PhD fellows from Pakistan, tackles a number of wrongs committed during the ‘War on Terror’.