Issue: June 2019

Telling difficult truths

"Standpoint will never proselytise or push a party line—but at the same time there should be no no-go areas for a magazine such as ours. Too many other titles seem unwilling to stray out of their comfort zone."

Overrated: Aircraft carriers

The Royal Navy’s two new flagships may be too unwieldy and vulnerable

The road to hell for the mentally incapacitated

The weasel words of disability rights may be well-intentioned, but they mask institutional cruelty and deprive caring parents of their say

Underrated: Anti-tank weapons

“Anti-weapons” are much better value for money than aircraft carriers

Train trouble

‘Every holiday of my childhood was spent either looking at art or making it. I remain helpless to resist the pull of the landscape on one side and lure of galleries on the other’

The troubling legacy of Martin Luther King

Newly-revealed FBI documents portray the great civil rights leader as a sexual libertine who ‘laughed’ as a forcible rape took place

The two Vladimirs

‘Even the most patriotic Russian can see that their rulers have been lying to them about Ukraine. They may also wonder why Ukrainians can choose their rulers freely and Russians cannot’

Belly of the beast

The Booker-winning Marlon James takes on the fantasy genre with a novel sent in a phantasmagorical version of Africa

Perils of paying off the pirates

Kidnapping remains a lucrative business. Anja Shortland's new book examines how and where it thrives

Rights and privileges

‘Rights language gives less and less help in the resolution of conflicts’

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"
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