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Presidents for life Putin and Xi menace the West
A former diplomat and politician during the Cold War asks whether the threats posed by Russia and China are now more ominous than ever
The Limits Of Pax Americana
America's post-Cold War strategy failed with Russia — will it fail to limit Beijing's aggressiveness too?
"Lee Kuan Yew met every Chinese leader from Mao to Xi Jinping. But is China following his Singaporean model?"
The Betrayal of Hong Kong
'If the Chinese have shown cynical duplicity towards Hong Kong's democrats, the British have been guilty of self-delusion'
The Global Race isn’t a Sprint
A perfect book for anyone suffering from a surfeit of Thomas Piketty
Chronicle Of History’s Greatest Carnage
, by Yang Jisheng, is an uncomfortable read but a brave and important account of the huge human cost of Mao's Great Leap Forward
Many a British art worthy maintains we all could have been Anthony Blunt. Rubbish: he deserved nothing less than exile in Russia
Beware the Fausts of Neuroscience
Neuroscientists attempt to reduce the greatest aspects of human behaviour and existence to material Darwinism. We should be sceptical about their overblown claims
Mart’s Art is Not Just Smart
Book review of
Martin Amis: A Biography
by Richard Bradford
China’s Downtrodden Sunflower Seeds
Despite Ai Weiwei's release on bail, we should expect no relaxation in the Communist Party's repression of intellectual freedom
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above