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Yellow River Diaries

2 April 2018

One of China’s leading environmentalists has spent the past decade documenting the impact of development along the country’s ‘Mother river’ Wang Yongchen, Monday April 2nd, 2018 Editor’s note: The Yellow River stretches almost 5,500 kilometres, running from west to east through [read more]

The GDP of Bridges to Nowhere

26 March 2018

MICHAEL PETTIS In most economies, GDP growth is a measure of economic output generated by the performance of the underlying economy. In China, however, Beijing sets annual GDP growth targets it expects to meet. Turning GDP growth into an economic input, rather than an output, radically changes its [read more]

UN climate talks end without agreement on money

18 November 2017

Negotiations at COP23 failed a major test on financial commitments, but there were some successes on pre-2020 action and providing support for women by Joydeep Gupta, Charlotte Middlehurst, Yao Zhe, Lili Pike The annual UN climate summit ended in Bonn, Germany, with no agreement on providing money [read more]

The Crisis in Catalonia: 1st October 2017

1 October 2017

The Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, described the response of the Guardia Civil and Spanish police in Catalonia on the 1st October 2017, as “proportional and professional”, this was not a view shared by many in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, and by those who saw the [read more]

German Energy Policy Following the 2017 Election

26 September 2017

As the dust settles on the results of the German election, it is becoming obvious that the fall in votes for the two largest parties, including Angela Merkel’s CDU, will mean significant changes in German policies in a number of areas. There has also been speculation that the CDU will form a [read more]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

The 11 countries relying on the Nile need to reach a deal soon

11 September 2017

by Richard Kyle Paisley More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains more than 10% of Africa’s landmass in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and [read more]
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