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Volume 39 Number 10
18 May 2017

LRB blog 22 May 2017

Glen Newey
Yet Another Strong and Stable U-Turn

19 May 2017

Musab Younis
What’s your password?

19 May 2017

Glen Newey
Theresa May’s Manifesto


2 March 2017

Benjamin Kunkel
The Anthropocene

20 December 1990

Philip Horne
Henry Hill and Laura Palmer

19 July 2007

Tariq Ali
Saudi Oil

In the next issue, which will be dated 1 June, John Lanchester on the election.

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Bruce Cumings

A Murderous History of Korea

How is it possible that we have come to this? How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet? We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history on the part of the leaders of North Korea. More

Tom Crewe

Labour’s Prospects

There is no reason why a plea to ‘do things differently’ couldn’t work: the gamble has been that the public are sufficiently disillusioned and dissatisfied with politics-as-usual (which they are) to vote for radical change (which they’ve already done once, in choosing to leave the EU). The problem is that while May and the Conservatives have looked at the post-New Labour landscape with clear eyes, the Corbynites have looked at it predominantly through the lens of Labour history. More

Karma Nabulsi

Snitching on Students

The British government’s Prevent programme, clumsy and laughable on so many levels, is extraordinarily efficient on others. It divides Muslims (practising or not) from the rest of society; black or brown or immigrant or refugee from the white majority. Once you start seeing everyday behaviour as having the potential to draw people into terrorism, you’re inside the problem. More

James Wolcott

‘Making It’

In daydream moments in between the usual author agonising, Norman Podhoretz may have anticipated the publication of Making It as a climactic solo bringing down the curtain on act one of his career and a springboard for his next move. The book was certainly stagecrafted that way. If so, he misjudged the composition of the audience and the sales appeal of his candour. More

Short Cuts
Francis FitzGibbon

At Dulwich
Alice Spawls

At the Movies
Michael Wood


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