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Articles from No. 482, May

A Death Allowed
The fresh yellow tape saying 'Crime Scene, Do Not Cross' glistened in the Dhaka sun. It was the day after prominent secular blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death after a book fair, following death threats from Bangladeshi Islamic fundamentalist groups....
Also out There
MUSIC Most singers would be daunted in front of an entire orchestra. Not so Benin's own Ms Dynamite: Angélique Kidjo. Her latest album, Sings, with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (429 Records) is a noholds-barred document, with new settings,...
Banking Laid Bare
I'm not sure why I was trying to clear cat fur from under a bed, but as I did so I came across a packet of postcards I sent to my parents as a very young man. A lmost all of them referred to money - or, rather, my lack of it. Oh, the humiliations of...
Banks - the Facts
Biggest 100'Of the world's 100 biggest banks at the end of 2013, none was in Africa - the only continent without one. 0f40 in Europe, 30 were based in the Eurozone.China now has more big banks than the US But ofjust 29 banks identified as `systemic or...
Canal Controversy
NICARAGUAThe alacrity with which Daniel Ortega's government has greeted plans to construct a new inter-oceanic canal masks 200 years of abortive attempts to connect Atlantic with Pacific at this juncture of Central America.The Nicaraguan president's...
Can Non-Europeans Think?
Can Non-Europeans Think? by Hamid Dabashi (Zed Books, ISBN 9781783604197)The provocative title sets the tone for this collection of essays and articles by Iranian academic Hamid Dabashi. Culled largely from Al Jazeera, CNN and the Egyptian newspaper...
Can the World Endure Another Bush - or Clinton?
On Wednesday 19 March, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States. 'I am the only one who can make America truly great again,' he said.Now, I think anyone would have trouble delivering that line without generating some guffaws....
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The first and last days of the war on drugs by Johann Hari (Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408857830)When he was boy, in 1904, Harry A nslinger heard a woman in a neighbouring Pennsylvania farm crying out for a drug fix. 'I never forgot those...
Côte d'Ivoire
At certain times of the day in Cocody, Abidjan's smart and leafy quarter of foreign embassies and chic eateries, Westerners - most of them French - outnumber Ivorians. The eateries serve French food, the billboards advertise French fashions and French...
Dancing with Big Oil
PERUAn unprecedented agreement has been struck between indigenous communities and the oil company that has been polluting their environment for 15 years.Forty years of irresponsible oil production in the northern Peruvian Amazon has drastically changed...
Don't Write in the Profit Margins
Soon-to-be former Prime Minister David Cameron* said recently in an interview with that tribune of the people, the Institute of Directors magazine, that children must learn to 'turn over a profit'. Not content merely to introduce profiteering into the...
Getting Away with Murder
Hope springing eternal, I didn't believe that the banks could emerge from the 2007-08 crisis far stronger than before, especially in political terms. Yes, some have paid staggering fines to governments - a total of $178 billion for the US and European...
In the Land of Widows
We leave Srinagar long before sunrise. The fog is thick. On each side of the road, soldiers patrol with metal detectors in hand. Searching for landmines is a daily routine along this stretch between Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, and the Line...
Introducing. Arvind Kejriwal
This former tax inspector turned anti-corruption campaigner shook Indian politics to its roots when he led a landslide victory in Delhi State elections this February, virtually wiping out the Hindu nationalist BJP party. Until that point the BJP had...
Letters
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Leviathan Challenged
ISRAELThe discovery of the Leviathan field - one of the world's largest offshore natural gas finds, off the coast of Haifa - has Israel anticipating earning billions from its export. But the deal has yet to be finalized, and opposition is growing. In...
My Documents
My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell (Fitzcarraldo Editions, ISBN 9780992974787)What particularly impressed me about Chilean author Alejandro Zambra's 2013 novel Ways of Going Home, an examination of life under the Pinochet...
Never Were the Way She Was
Never Were the Way She Wasby Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld (Constellation, CST113 CD/LP/download)A string of intelligent, wide-ranging and, quite frankly, wondrous releases has, in the past decade, made Montreal's Constellation the go-to label for...
Paranoid Empire
Last February saw 300 people die in the Mediterranean, as another convoy of refugees from North Africa failed to make the treacherous journey to the southern Italian coast. By the time you read this, many more will have been killed in the same way.This...
Peter Tatchell
The well-known human rights activist talks to Cristiana Moisescu about the upcoming british elections, his inspirations and trying to arrest Robert Mugabe.you've been a prominent activist for human rights since the late 1960s - what keeps you going?I...
Phoenix
Phoenix (98 minutes) directed and written by Christian PetzoldWhat does incarceration in an extermination camp, and overwhelming loss - of innocence, trust, love, friends, family - do to a person? Nelly, a cabaret singer before the War, shambles through...
Puzzle Page by Axe
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Reasons to Be Cheerful
FARC mine dealAfter 50 years of war and two years of intense negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the Colombian government and FARC rebels have reached a deal to remove all landmines from the battlefield. Colombia has seen almost 11,000 killed or injured in...
Shadow over China
The impact of shadow banking in China has been relatively recent. It grew from only several hundred billions of dollars in total assets under management in 2008 to more than $9 trillion in 2014.At the centre have been so-called 'investment trusts', which...
The Big Bank Boondoggle *
Brief though the episode was, between late 1968 and early 1970 I was a trainee banker. A class of callow youths (all white males) gathered in the City of London to be mentored by a retired manager out of Tierra del Fuego. We probed the elusive mysteries...
The Falling
The Falling (102 minutes) directed and written by Carol MorleyMorley's last film, a documentary with enacted scenes, Dreams of a Life, explored the life of a young woman whose body was found three years after she had died, lying on a sofa with the tv...
The House of Saud
Job: Ruling royal family of Saudi ArabiaReputation: Feudal despots modernized by the sheen of oilWorld leaders stumbled all over themselves to express their condolences on the death of Saudi monarch King Abdullah in January. Barack Obama praised the...
The Sultan and I
'So,' I ask the man sitting across the table from me, 'what should I call you?''Your Majesty,' he says.'OK, your majesty; it is a real pleasure to meet you today...'I am in the presence not of a king, but a sultan. His majesty sultan Senoussi Ibrahim...
Tipping the TTIP
What is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?Probably the biggest global trade deal since the conclusion of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements in the early 1990s. It's intended to be an agreement between the European Union...
Too Big to Jail
Megabanks are truly transnational corporations, bigger and more powerful than many countries. The two biggest financial centres are Wall Street and the City of London. They dominate the world's capital markets - and they undermine democracy and the rule...
War Nerves
On an average afternoon in Kaunas, a group of children in their early teens cheerfully discuss their day on a commuter bus. They are dressed in camouflage uniforms and carry backpacks. On the main pedestrian street in Lithuania's second-largest city,...
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