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January/February 2016
"The new Islamist Terror of the 21st century has so far exacted a global death toll at least in the hundreds of thousands, most of them civilians."
 
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January/February 2016
"Perhaps it isn’t surprising that skin colour became a state of mind in a year when gender already had"
 
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January/February 2016
"The West should acknowledge that a ground deployment of sorts is, ultimately, the only way to quash IS"
 
 
October 2015
"Given the massive sales of Thomas Piketty’s Capital, can Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the Labour leadership be that much of a surprise?"
 
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June 2013
‘Temporarily withdrawing from the human rights convention in order to deport Abu Qatada would be absurd’
 
 
March 2014
Abortion is a subject which never goes away and the arguments remain fundamental — a woman's right to choose versus a child's right to life, as each side would advance their case. And yet the technical and clinical
 
 
January/February 2016
"The only thing worse than living in the mausoleum of a dead writer is living with a bunch of living ones"
 
 
January/February 2016
"Whenever I crop up in someone’s reminiscences, I find their memory irritatingly fallible"
 
 
May 2015
"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"
 
 
January/February 2011
Life in Birmingham as a vicar’s wife opened our Mole’s eyes to what has become of Britain’s second city
 
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November 2015
‘You cannot measure the success of a city by the number of coffee chains it can support’
 
 
January/February 2016
"One can certainly see why the Iberians want the Rock"
 
 
January/February 2016
The paradox of pickle prejudice
 
 
December 2015
A new centre dedicated to horology is an unmissable chance to keep the nation’s town clocks working
 
 
January/February 2016
The career of the genius Paul Keres was tragically interrupted by war
 
 
January/February 2016
Drink, in Robert Louis Stevenson's works, both reveals and debases
 
 
April 2014
It gets to the point doesn't it — where you're trying to "do the right thing", whatever that may be. Lead a decent, middle-class life — and yet somehow whatever you do, it's morally wrong. You know? It's
 
 
July/August 2015
Despite everything, the BBC is still one of our great cultural forces
 
 
July/August 2011