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Section: New Statesman (The United Kingdom)

    Chernobyl and the ghosts of a nuclear past
    Apr16

    Chernobyl and the ghosts of a nuclear past

    A Nobel laureate captures the beginning of the “age of disasters”. “This is not a book on Chernobyl,” writes Svetlana Alexievich, “but on the world of Chernobyl.” It is not about what happened on 26 April 1986, when a nuclear reactor exploded near the border between Ukraine and Belarus. It is about an epoch that will last, like the radioactive...

    Nigel Farage tells politicians not to intervene in other countries’ EU debates – then campaigns in Holland
    Apr07

    Nigel Farage tells politicians not to intervene in other countries’ EU debates – then campaigns in Holland

    Hypocrite in hypocrisy shock. Oh, Nigel. You raging hypocrite. There was a European referendum in Holland yesterday, which was quite different to ours. But the result did give the EU a bit of a bloody nose by rejecting a new treaty with Ukraine. Nigel Farage loves referendums. He has spent rather a long time campaigning to have one in the UK. And...

    The Netherlands just said no to Europe. Will we?
    Apr07

    The Netherlands just said no to Europe. Will we?

    Different countries have different politics, but the Dutch referendum may exacerbate fears about turnout and negative campaigning. We should always be wary of over-interpreting the commonalities between different countries’ politics. As the current convulsions in the US demonstrate in ghastly technicolour, every democracy has its own unique...

    7 things you should know about the Panama Papers
    Apr05

    7 things you should know about the Panama Papers

    At least 12 world leaders are implicated in offshore schemes by the biggest ever leak of financial documents 1. The leak centres on Mossack Fonseca. Mossack Fonseca is a law firm headquarted in Panama but also operating in tax havens such as Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and the British crown dependencies: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle...

    Tristram Hunt: Leaving the EU would be a self-defeating dereliction of duty and history
    Mar25

    Tristram Hunt: Leaving the EU would be a self-defeating dereliction of duty and history

    Why Michael Gove, and Vote Leave, are wrong about Europe. Michael Gove’s statement in support of leaving the European Union stands out not only as an elegant piece of writing, but is also perhaps the most articulate argument offered so far by all the various ‘Vote Leave’ campaigns. In an echo of Joseph Chamberlain, he sketches out the...

    “What if?” history books normally annoy me – but History’s People is an exception
    Mar15

    “What if?” history books normally annoy me – but History’s People is an exception

    Margaret MacMillan’s selection of neglected voices in History’s People reminds us how individual choices and actions come to shape our world. Counterfactual history – also known as “What if?” history – bores me. Too often, the questions asked are predictable. What if the Spanish Armada had landed successfully in England? Would modern...

    Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars
    Mar14

    Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars

    Although Eurovision song lyrics are not permitted to be political, the 2016 Ukrainian entry has found a way of bringing an historical injustice into present-day popular culture. “They come to your house / they kill you all and say / we’re not guilty.” These are the provocative lyrics to Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest entry “1944”...

    Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure
    Mar06

    Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure

    The British take a perverse pleasure in glorious defeat, as Heroic Failure and the British by Stephanie Barczewski examines. In 1799 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park published Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, which described his voyage across Senegal and along the River Niger in Mali, in search of the city of Timbuktu. In 1805 he...

    What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia
    Mar04

    What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia

    Artists are attempting to resurrect a piece of cultural history that has been buried, but also highlight the difficulty experienced by black people in Putin’s Russia. Modern Russia has a reputation for being racist. And for good reason. The number of racist acts committed by Russian football fans doubled last season, according to...

    David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it
    Mar01

    David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it

    Winning ugly won’t work, warns David Clark. David Cameron’s referendum pitch relies heavily on the mantra a “reformed Europe”, but it would be wrong for pro-Europeans to indulge the idea that the deal he negotiated in Brussels last month is anything more than a fig leaf. The parts of it that might turn out to be modestly beneficial...

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