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Volume 37 Number 2
22 January 2015

LRB blog 23 January 2015

Ben Jackson
What do they mean by the Keystone 'jobs' bill?

22 January 2015

Yannis Hamilakis
Archaeo-Politics in Macedonia

21 January 2015

Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon
Israel and the ICC


21 February 2013

Hilary Mantel
Royal Bodies

19 June 2014

Peter Pomerantsev
What fascists?

2 June 2005

James Davidson
Why would a guy want to marry a guy?

In the next issue, which will be dated 5 February, Rosemary Hill on Lord Lucan, John Lahr on Eugene O’Neill and Jackson Lears on Hillary Clinton.


Wednesday 4 February at 6.00 P.M.

Late Night Shopping

Thursday 5 February at 7.00 P.M.

Patrick Cockburn on the Rise of Islamic State

Friday 6 February at 7.00 P.M.

Frances Leviston's Disinformation Launch Party

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Alan Bennett's Diary
Iain Sinclair

The Hackney Underworld

They dig and the earth is sweet. The Hackney Hole is eight square metres, straight down through the lawn of a decommissioned rectory. This secret garden is separated from St Augustine’s Tower by a high wall of darkly weathered brick. The proud stub of the square tower is all that remains of Hackney’s oldest ecclesiastical building, a 16th-century revision of the 13th-century church founded by the Knights of St John. The Hole is a statement and it is properly capitalised. The labourers, a self-confessed art collective, work the Hole by hand, with pick and shovel, turn and turn about. More

Owen Bennett-Jones

Go-Betweens in Northern Ireland

There is a sentence in Jonathan Powell’s Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts that raises intriguing questions about how the Northern Ireland peace process got underway. ‘Martin McGuinness,’ Powell writes, ‘still denies sending the message stating that “our war is over” which started the correspondence with John Major, and it is pretty clear in retrospect that one of the intermediaries in the chain between the government and the IRA did in fact embellish the message.’ The peace process, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff is suggesting, began with an exaggeration. More

Francis FitzGibbon

An American Show Trial

Zakat, the Quranic obligation on Muslims to give alms for the relief of poverty, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Holy Land Foundation, founded in 1988 by American citizens of Palestinian heritage, raised money for distribution by zakat charitable committees in Gaza and the West Bank. Most of it went to buy food, clothes and education for children. Between 1992 and 2001 the foundation raised at least $56 million. On 3 December 2001 the US Treasury Department decreed that the HLF was a ‘specially designated global terrorist’. More

Rachel Kushner

Bad Captains

My aspiration to spend time at sea as requisite literary training died long ago, as a teenager, on a white-knuckled ferry ride to Elba during a torrential rainstorm. Not only was I seasick, I saw the population on board as hostile competitors to salvation. As the ferry lurched and rolled, we gave one another dirty looks, sized up whose head we would push under the waves to keep our own above the waterline. The thin membrane of civility frayed with every jerk and jolt, and the law of the sea, from the literature I loved most, seemed nowhere to be found. More

Short Cuts
Tariq Ali

At the Smithsonian
August Kleinzahler