Edinburgh Fringe theater and US theaters of war (E397)
The Edinburgh International Festival was created in 1947 to heal the wounds of war. The Fringe emerged from the ‘uninvited eight’ – a group of artists deemed not good enough to appear in the main event – putting on their own festival. By the ‘80s, the Fringe had eclipsed the main festival, going on to become an event which has sold more tickets than any other in the world. According to Dominic Frisby, financial writer, comedian, and performer, the Fringe also personifies the free market philosophy of Adam Smith. So, we invited him aboard Sputnik to explain why.
The USA has at least four theaters of conflict going on around the world at the moment; across Latin America and the incoming pink tide; confrontation with Russia over the Ukraine which grows nearer to the Russian border; they are sailing into trouble in China over Taiwan in the South China Sea; and the old perennial, Israel, Palestine and Iran. Last week, the latter appeared to be the most likely, at least for a day or two, to break out into widespread conflagration after the attack on an Israeli-owned oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. Joe Emersberger is a writer, analyst and commentator who tracks these conflicts and he joined Sputnik to help us find out more.