In condemning Israel for its genocidal campaign in Gaza, Lula summoned the moral force of the anti-apartheid movement, as represented by South Africa at the Hague, but he was also holding the line against the new, pro-Israel right closer to home.

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28 February 2024

On adapting ‘American Psycho’

Mary Harron

Mary Harron and Christian Bale on the set of ‘American Psycho’. Photo © Universal Pictures

I thought: oh my God, they’re going to try and make a movie out of that? Well, that would certainly keep me off the safe mainstream. I read the script they sent, and thought if I’m going to do it, I’m going to have to write my own.

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23 February 2024

Hell’s Kitchen

Jay Owens

A geothermal power station by the Salton Sea, California. Photo © RGB Ventures / SuperStock / Alamy

Last month, Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) broke ground on the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power project, an integrated geothermal power plant and lithium production facility on the coast of the Salton Sea in Imperial County, Southern California. It should produce enough lithium to make six million car batteries a year, powered by renewable energy and promising near-zero carbon emissions.

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22 February 2024

Save Our Wills

Jane Whittle and Harry Smith

In 1942 a bombing raid on Exeter destroyed the cathedral’s probate archive, and the pre-1858 wills of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall went up in flames. Their destruction left a large hole in our knowledge of the ordinary inhabitants of south-west England between the Middle Ages and the mid-19th century. The Ministry of Justice is currently consulting on whether it should get rid of all of the UK’s post-1858 wills apart from those of a few ‘famous people’. Everyone else’s would be destroyed and only digital copies preserved.

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20 February 2024

Israel and the Crisis in Judaism

Eli Zaretsky

Not for the first time, there is a crisis in Jewish identity. Many Jews, including myself, abhor Israel’s current policies, the occupation, the dispossession and many other aspects of the Zionist project. And yet, they want also to affirm their identity as Jews. This suggests there is a conflict at the centre of Jewishness itself.

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19 February 2024

Sudden Death Syndrome

Tony Wood

Whether they killed him quickly or slowly, there is no doubt who is responsible for Alexei Navalny’s demise. Yet even though his was a death many times foretold, the news that came on 16 February was still a profound shock, and a demoralising one for Putin’s opponents.

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16 February 2024

Think about the Nation

Skye Arundhati Thomas

The Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut visited the Israeli embassy in Delhi at the end of October for a photo op. ‘Like we deserve a Bharat dedicated to Hindus, Jews also deserve one nation,’ she said. ‘As a Hindu nation we stand with Israel’s cause.’ The Israeli ambassador nodded, smiling, and the two held up a model of a fighter jet. The visit was part of the publicity run for the movie Tejas, in which Ranaut plays a daredevil pilot who volunteers for a mission to rescue a kidnapped Indian spy from ‘a Pakistani tribal area, the epicentre of terror’ (‘when in doubt,’ she tells herself, ‘think about the nation’).

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