Issue: March 2009

Dreams for their Children

The rise of Kenya's middle class offers the country, and the whole continent, hope for the future

To Hell with Niceness

The spread of political 'compassion' has led to the breakdown of family and school discipline. The results have been catastrophic

A Strange Rush for the Exit

In a world where life appears to be getting better, why are we in the grip of a suicide epidemic?

From Treblinka to Tannenberg

A tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might

Charles Krauthammer

The liberal-turned-neocon has a knack of creating phrases which best describe the moment

Samantha Power

Obama's Dublin-born foreign policy adviser doesn't like Israel and may wreck Hillary Clinton's work

How I Rewrote Polish History

Poland used to be written off as a failed state. But it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe

A Tale of Sadness and Forgetting

The Czech novelist Milan Kundera is accused of informing on an anti-communist as a student. Is there any truth in the charge?

The Dying of the Light

A German novelist reflects on his time working at a home for the mentally ill, and the moral dilemmas surrounding euthanasia that have shaped his writing life

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"