Monthly Archive: September 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega In 2016 Latinos will decide who gets to the White House

Donald Trump is doing a great disservice to the Republicans with his absolute and sarcasm-studded opposition to immigration and his criticism of the party’s other aspiring candidates, whether Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, for speaking in Spanish during their campaigns. Reflecting the rapid demographic change in the US, some [...]

Few lights in the darkness: The Future of the Euro by Matthijs and Blyth

This an extraordinary book on the Euro and its future paths. It is an absolute must-read because it brings together some of the top scholars in the field who, as a team led by Matthias Matthijs and Mark Blyth, achieve something unusual in the literature: to analyse the multifaceted [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The disgrace of trading refugee quotas

In the days of our grandparents and greatgrandparents, the poor and unjust country that was Spain had a dual system –which also existed in some other countries, but in the Spanish case had been established at the Cortes de Cádiz, the assembly convened in that city in 1810-14 to [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Impossible Syria, in less than 600 words

Syria: 320,000 dead (11,500 of them children) up to June and 4,088,099 refugees since 2011, and yet more to come. So, far from being resolved, the three-way civil war has become increasingly complicated. Neither Arabs nor Westerners, nor anyone else for that matter, have a clear strategy. Why? The [...]

Global development leads to countries’ global presence

In just a few days, a new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be approved at a UN Summit to be held in New York. These targets are meant to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have shaped the international aid system for 15 years [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Savage continent: the longer term will not resolve the shorter

Europe, it is now being repeated ad nauseam, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second Post World War, which after the horror of war underwent a horror of population transfers, well documented in Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent. But Europe seems to have forgotten where it comes from [...]

Elephants with longer trunks, donkeys with longer manes

Part of Donald Trump’s presidential announcement speech, like that of any other candidate, was devoted to listing his strong points: ‘I’m really rich’. But what was remarkable about Trump’s speech was the energetic and almost infuriated heckling of a member of the audience, who shouted: ‘we don’t need nice!!’. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The world trembled with China

“When China wakes, the world will tremble”. Napoleon, in one of the variants of the famous quote attributed to him while in exile on St. Helena in 1816, recommended to “let her sleep”. But China has since awakened, or re-awakened, because this is merely the return to a state [...]
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