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Issue: October 2013
Drowning your cares with a glass of rich, sweet wine with rosy-cheeked nuns? In the world of Belgian novelist Georges Rochenbach, it marks the loss of innocence
Who’s Afraid Of Barack Obama?
“While no longer accepting any special responsibility on the world stage, Obama pretends that we are all citizens together. Like Hamlet the President soliloquises; he does not act”
Tsar Of The Holy Land
For Vladimir Putin, Syria is as much a question of religion as of arms sales; in his eyes, Assad protects Syria’s ancient Christian communities
Kennedy’s False Note
Much hoo-ha was made of the BBC’s “censorship” of Nigel Kennedy’s remarks about Palestine at the Proms. In truth, Kennedy knew all along he’d be taken off air
A Syrian Precedent
In 64BC, Roman general Pompey annexed a potentially volatile Syria. Then, as now, where Western concerns are paramount, intervention needs to be diplomatic and risk-taking
According to the LSE, the last Labour government’s public spending “worked”. But the researchers came to this conclusion solely from a play on words
Do smartphones rob us of our freedom, as Edgar Degas thought? Isaiah Berlin would argue otherwise
Is Bach The Voice Of God In Music?
John Eliot Gardiner's new portrait is the culmination of a lifetime's devotion to the great composer
Dizzy’s Wizardry (Boris, Take Note)
Douglas Hurd and Edward Young’s witty and original biography of the former prime minister presents him as a master of self-aggrandisement
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