Issue: July/August 2009

ONLINE ONLY: Black Russian

‘Russians think about blacks, Jews and women in the way Europeans did a generation ago’

Ken Loach

The grand old man of hard-Left cinema is treated as a national treasure. But his bigoted propaganda is stuck in the 1960s

Joseph Losey

It is right to celebrate the centenary of the great American director, whose politics never overshadowed his films

Monsieur Flaubert, C’est Moi!

The Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk acknowledges his debt to Gustave Flaubert

Vote for Fun

The average Sicilian's attitude to the European elections sheds light on our relationship with our own politicians

Rural Beef

People in the countryside feel neglected and unrepresented, and it's time for this to change

German Lessons

Politicians like Boris Johnson should look to Berlin for inspiration when devising education policies

Grand Old Mess

The future looks bleak for the Republican Party, unless they can find someone with conviction to fill the leadership void

Underrated: Abroad

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"