Miguel Sopena

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This White Paper should be put out of its misery

The new Brexit White Paper has now been published, filling out the three page summary of the Chequers proposal and, in doing so, has both confirmed …

Beauty is truth, truth is beauty, and other lies of physics

Who doesn’t like a pretty idea? Physicists certainly do. In the foundations of physics, it has become accepted practice to prefer hypotheses that are …

Physics

The Political Representation of the European People

A discussion of whether rising political pressure can produce needed economic and democratic reforms.

An Open Letter to the People of Britain, from Vasily Livanov MBE

As with many of my compatriots, there are many things about Britain and the British people that I admire. As someone whose whole life has been linked …

John Lanchester: Ten Years after the Crash

That’s where we are with markets: non-change change, in the form of bonus regulation and ring-fencing; no change or change for the worse in the case …

Britain’s best Brexit bet is the Jersey option

<i>The UK government spent last year urging the EU27 to start discussing their post-Brexit trading relationship. But now that the negotiations are</i> …

London School of Economics

The revolutionary sex

For one shining moment, being a Russian woman meant sexual freedom and radical equality. Never seen before – or since<i>By Paula Erizanu</i>Read at Aeon

Communist Party

Worrying About the Deficit Is So 17th Century

Deficit hawks have been wrong for even longer than you thought.

Anti-anti-communism

Millions of Russians and eastern Europeans now believe that they were better off under communism. What does this signify?<i>By Kristen R Ghodsee & Scott</i> …

Amparo Poch y Gascón, una médica feminista y antifascista

“No es carrera propia de una mujer”. Así respondió su padre, sargento, a Amparo Poch y Gascón, cuando la joven preguntó si podía estudiar Medicina. …

Munich museums: the Alte Pinakothek

SCL – a Very British Coup

Liam O Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) and the …

The New Blacklist

Putin loves you; therefore, you love Putin. The enemy re-tweets you, therefore, you’re in league with the enemy. We’re at war with them, therefore …

Valencia Exhibitions: January 2018 Round-up

Valencia

Jackson Lears: #Russiagate

We can gauge the corrosive impact of the Democrats’ fixation on Russia by asking what they aren’t talking about when they talk about Russian hacking. …

London Exhibitions: Red Star Over Russia at Tate Modern

A Tale of Two Cities solo exhibition at Matthews Yard, Croydon

Croydon

Globalisation: time to look at the past to plot the future | Joseph Stiglitz

Trade deals were hammered out in secret by multinationals at the expense of workers and citizens. Benefits must be shared if the global economy is to work<p>Fifteen years ago, I published Globalisation and Its Discontents<i>,</i> a book that sought to explain why there was so much dissatisfaction with …

Legatum: the Brexiteers’ Favorite Think Tank: Who is Behind Them?

Jerri-Lynn here: Interesting post, discussing who is behind the influential Legatum think tank– source of some of the misguided and magical thinking …

Will the Saudis Go to War?

Is a major war about to break out in the Persian Gulf for the fourth time in less than forty years?<p>For better than two weeks, the world has watched …

Saudi Arabia

El Estado del Derecho (II)

Estamos produciendo una serie de entrevistas en vídeo sobre la era Trump en EE.UU.<br>Si quieres ayudarnos a financiarla, puedes ver el tráiler en este …

A Labour council attacking its own people? This is regeneration gone bad | Aditya Chakrabortty

There are many ways to remedy the housing crisis in London – now it’s up to a high court judge to halt one of the worst that’s been embarked upon<p>Nothing about Gordon Peters sings of being a fighter. He is shy and sweetly reticent, keener to wish me a happy Diwali than to hurl abuse at his …

Construction Industry

Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact

In her new campaign memoir, <i>What Happened</i>, Hillary Clinton reveals that she has followed “every twist and turn of the story,” and “read everything I …

Why Americans won’t give up their guns | Gary Younge

The United States needs new gun laws. But first it needs to shed the myths that sustain its reliance on weapons<p>Around 3.30am on 23 November 2013 a stray bullet shattered the window of an apartment in Indianapolis where a couple watched television while their two-month-old baby slept. The man called …

Open letter to managerial staff, Royal Academy of Arts, London, re: Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 exhibition

World of Co Artists’ Residency Third Exhibition

<b>I travelled back to Bulgaria at the end of July to visit my friends at</b> <b>the World of Co artists’ residency</b> <b>(</b><b>which I attended back in May</b><b>). It was great</b> …

Greek debt crisis: ‘People can’t see any light at the end of any tunnel’

The Greek government says the country has turned a corner, but that is not the experience of people on the ground<p>“The worst is clearly behind us.” Panaghiota Mourtidou pondered the words with a gravity unusual for the jovial volunteer. Even now, several days after the Greek prime minister, Alexis …

How about a little accountability for economists when they mess up? | Dean Baker

There must be a huge change in our attitude to economics. Needlessly complex work merely supporting the status quo must be halted<p>Dean Baker is co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research<p>Suppose our fire department was staffed with out-of-shape incompetents who didn’t know how to …