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The Method in Israel’s Madness

By Deborah Maccoby

Israel has gone on the rampage in Gaza three times in six years. Norman Finkelstein’s latest book is a devastating assault on the myths that make the massacres possible.


A 17th Century battle of wits. Libertines v Jesuits

By Edward Muir

Gabriel Naudé, the French free-thinker and Cardinal Mazarin’s librarian, famously claimed that seventeenth-century Italy was “full of libertines, atheists, and people who believe in nothing.

UN climate talks stumble on rich, poor divide

By Joydeep Gupta - Liu Hongqiao

Deep differences between developed and developing countries on how to divide the cost of tackling climate change are blocking agreement at the Lima summit.

Review: “Rising Ground” by Philip Marsden

By Lev Myshkin

Another excellent book by Philip Marsden. He takes us on a personal tour of Cornwall to discover how its "ritual landscapes" have the power to move us with their ...

What “Free Trade” Has Done to Central America

By Manuel Perez-Rocha - Julia Paley

Warnings about the human and environmental costs of “free trade” went unheeded. Now the most vulnerable Central Americans are paying the price.

Arts & Culture

The Lost World of the London Coffee House

By Dr Matthew Green

In contrast to today’s rather mundane spawn of coffeehouse chains, the London of the 17th and 18th century was home to an eclectic and thriving coffee drinking scene.



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Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Travel Writing

German Brazilians in Southern Brazil

German immigration to Rio Grande do Sul is celebrating its 190th anniversary this summer. Despite the ban on German schools ...

Political Tours

Political Tours