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Volume 36 Number 8
17 April 2014

LRB blog 24 April 2014

Zakia Uddin
After Rana Plaza

23 April 2014

Lauren Elkin
At the Met

22 April 2014

Jonah Miller
Rogues Galleries


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Theo Tait
Shark Attack!

2 August 2012

Thomas Keymer
18th-Century Jokes

13 April 2000

Dan Hawthorn
The constraints facing the new administration for London

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Seymour M. Hersh

Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida. More

Christian Wolmar

What’s the point of HS2?

The issue is whether the pain inflicted on the few is worth the gain for the many. The fate of the HS2 project should not and cannot be determined by angry locals. A national scheme now estimated to cost £50 billion (this figure includes a contingency of £14 billion and rolling-stock costs of around £7 billion) is bound to be controversial. To counter the objections, the case for HS2 needs to be overwhelming. And it is not. The French use their LGV for postal services as well as passenger trains and the TGV shares the tracks with conventional services. More

Nicholas Phillips

Closed Material

It is my habit every morning to cycle to Hampstead Heath and to swim in a bathing pond there. My return route takes me up Downshire Hill, a broad street lined with the homes of the very rich. One house always used to puzzle me. It was very poorly maintained and swathed in invasive ivy. Then, one day in 2006, there was something about it in my local newspaper. The owner was an 86-year-old man called Allan Chappelow, a recluse who had rarely left the house in his later years. He had been found dead under a metre high pile of papers. More

Ian Penman

On Kate Bush

A dream, just before waking. It’s a day or two after Kate Bush’s unexpected announcement of her return to the concert stage for a series of shows later this year. In my dream, Bush takes the form of a child’s tiny hardback book: solid, substantial, not too many pages. On the front cover is a menagerie of cartoon animals, all Smartie-tube colours and toothy smiles. (It looks a bit like the sleeve of Kate’s album Never for Ever, from 1980, but not nearly so borderline sinister.) In the air, a singing ringing chorus: ‘This Easter egg, full of rain!’ More

At Kettle’s Yard
Eleanor Birne

Short Cuts
David Motadel

At the Movies
Michael Wood