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Kurdish Politics and Newroz 2011

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics, May 19, 2011

Newroz, the Kurdish (and Persian) New Year, has always had political overtones. This year Newroz happened to fall right in the middle of campaigning for the Turkish national elections, to be held on 12 June 2011.

Vakifli – Antioch

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Features, March 6, 2011

The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923. However, one region, the most Southern province of Hatay only joined in 1939, bringing with it a diverse population, an unusually successful multi-culturalism (Arab-Sunni, Arab-Alevi, Arab-Orthodox, Turkmen and Turks) and a very rich rich history.

Oil, Food and Riots

By Allston Mitchell in Economics and Finance, March 4, 2011

A combination of skyrocketing food prices and an oil price being sent ever higher by social upheaval in North Africa is worrying many. In the last twelve months the price of corn has increased by 83%, wheat by 75% and coffee by 85%. Climate change, richer diets, droughts and floods are all contributing to an unstable scenario.

Green Island, Taiwan

By Constantine Rusanov in Travel Writing, February 26, 2011

At about twenty miles off the eastern shore of Taiwan, this jungle-carpeted volcanic outcrop may be an ideal retreat from the glitz and hubbub of the country’s major urban centers, but, for better or worse, it has been pretty much ignored by international travelers.

Summer in Baden-Baden

By Valentina Bonelli in Arts and Culture, February 4, 2011

Since the early 19th century, the Russian nobility and intelligentsia have been regular visitors to the German spa town of Baden-Baden. Turgenev, Goncharov and Dostoevsky are among the illustrious predecessors of the modern Russian tourists who still flock to the town.

Green Skies Over Europe

By Massimiliano Bianconcini in Environment, February 3, 2011

Airlines are employing a variety of “green” features and policies to compensate for their CO2 emissions. Some are creating hydro-electric stations in South America, or financing social projects and others are investing directly in cleaner engine technology. But is legislation or a green tax the answer to reducing airline emissions?

Xi’an’s Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

By Irene Dogmatic in Travel Writing, February 2, 2011

Xi’an attracts huge crowds of (predominantly Chinese) tourists every year thanks to the Terracotta Warriors in the Mausoleum of China’s first emperor. However, having read “The Journey to the West”, I was keen to see another of Xi’an’s fabled attractions: the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

Trichet’s Double Bind

By Allston Mitchell in Economics and Finance,

The President of the European Central Bank faces a dilemma – to fight rising inflation in Europe by raising interest rates or to keep rates low to make life bearable for the highly indebted “peripheral” countries like Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

Western Sahara

By Anna Theofilopoulou in Politics, January 31, 2011

An article discussing the failure of reactive foreign policy in Western Sahara. The conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front over Western Sahara remains at a long-standing impasse. The recent talks of January 2011 ended with each side continuing to refuse to accept the other side’s proposal as sole basis of future negotiations.

Making High Finance Pay?

By Amy Trendle in Economics and Finance, January 30, 2011

The project to raise $400 billion every year for development projects and to fight poverty has never been closer to finding approval in the G20. Taxing speculative financial transactions could not but find favour with public opinion that is tired of the greed and profligacy of bankers. Will 2011 be the year of the Financial Transaction Tax?