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    Letter from Donetsk: ice cream, bustling bars and missiles in eastern Ukraine
    Feb07

    Letter from Donetsk: ice cream, bustling bars and missiles in eastern Ukraine

    In Donetsk, which has been under the control of Russian backed rebels since April 2014, the propaganda has a hermetic, relentless feel to it. Eighty-eight year-old Nadya Moroz stares through the taped-up window of her flat in Donetsk, blown in by persistent bombing. She wonders why she abandoned her peaceful village for a “better life” in Donetsk...

    Q&A: Why the UN’s Julian Assange ruling is meaningless
    Feb05

    Q&A: Why the UN’s Julian Assange ruling is meaningless

    The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has no legal force in the UK. Why is Julian Assange even in the Ecuadorean embassy? In June 2012, the Wikileaks founder fled bail, walked into the embassy, and applied for political asylum to the Ecuadorean government. And he’s stayed there ever since. Assange was on bail because the UK was trying...

    In this week’s magazine | Putin’s Wars
    Feb03

    In this week’s magazine | Putin’s Wars

    A first look at this week’s issue. 5-11 February issuePutin’s Wars Cover story: Putin’s Wars From Ukraine to Syria, Elizabeth Pond on how the Russian strongman overreached. The New Young Fogeys: Is abstinence the ultimate youth rebellion? Eleanor Margolis on Generation Boring and Tim Wigmore on the rise of middle-aged hedonism....

    Leader: The new young fogeys
    Feb03

    Leader: The new young fogeys

    Twenty-two years after Oasis sang, “All I need are cigarettes and alcohol,” the young are abandoning both. Every generation likes to bemoan the excesses and irresponsibility of the young. This should stop. The youth of today – the “new young fogeys”, as we call them – are the best-behaved generation since the social and cultural upheavals of the...

    Mass murder by muddle: the connections between the war and the Holocaust
    Jan27

    Mass murder by muddle: the connections between the war and the Holocaust

    The Holocaust was far from carefully planned, argues David Cesarani. Nazi policies were often “confused, contradictory, half-baked”. David Herman reviews Final Solution: the Fate of the Jews 1933-49 by David Cesarani. Last October, the historian David Cesarani died of a heart attack just weeks after an ­operation to remove a tumour on his spine....

    A very special version of Russian democracy
    Jan22

    A very special version of Russian democracy

    When asked whether their country is a democracy, Russians struggle to find a comprehensive answer. Russia cannot be understood with mere intellect Or measured by a common yardstick. Russia is so special That you can only believe in it. These famous lines, written by a Russian poet Feodor Tutchev in 1866, are rightfully timeless. Last week an...

    Hemmed in at home, Barack Obama turns to the world elsewhere
    Jan14

    Hemmed in at home, Barack Obama turns to the world elsewhere

    Like Reagan and Clinton, Obama’s response to entrenched opposition in Congress is to look outwards. Barack Obama gave a strong, comprehensive eighth and final State-of-the-Union address on Tuesday. Brought forward because of the beginning of the forthcoming presidential primary election season to find his successor, Obama’s speech had...

    Best of the NS in 2015: World
    Jan03

    Best of the NS in 2015: World

    Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, our favourite writing about world affairs. Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine By Elizabeth Pond Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation. What the west can learn from Japan’s “lost decades” By Roland...

    The art of the possible: rediscovering the meaning of realpolitik
    Dec21

    The art of the possible: rediscovering the meaning of realpolitik

    Realpolitik: a History by John Bew reviewed. Many years ago I studied history as an ­undergraduate at Edinburgh University. My motivation was a fascination with the future more than with the past: without historical study, as my fellow Scot Niall Ferguson has argued elsewhere, our reference points for understanding the future are limited to...

    What does Vladimir Putin want from the UN’s next secretary-general?
    Dec14

    What does Vladimir Putin want from the UN’s next secretary-general?

    The shadow of an American or Russian veto will colour the next year at the United Nations. In the years of crisis and decline that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union, three things enabled Russia to hold on to its status as a great power. The first was the large stockpile of Soviet nuclear weapons that confirmed it as America’s only...

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