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The not-very-convincing victory of Mr. Yanukovych

By Sergii Leshchenko in Politics, December 4, 2012

By means fair and foul, the ruling Party of the Regions came out top in Ukraine’s recent parliamentary election but President Yanukovych still needs a majority to control parliament. The concessions he will have to make will cost him dear.

Ghosts of Afghanistan

By Allston Mitchell in Features,

The single best book on modern Afghanistan. There have been a plethora of books about Afghanistan but few of their authors have the breadth of experience of Jonathan Steele who has been covering the country for the last thirty years.

Alaska and the Iditarod Sled Race

By Emanuele Equitani in Travel Writing, November 29, 2012

Photographer Emanuele Equitani followed the preparations for “The Last Great Race on Earth”, where mushers and their dogs race their sleds across 1,900 kilometres of frozen Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome.

Self-defeating Austerity

By Dawn Holland - Jonathan Portes in Economics and Finance, November 19, 2012

EU governments have individually embraced severe austerity programmes in an effort to avoid becoming the next Portugal. Keynes’ ‘paradox of thrift’ is in full swing since EU nations continue to act like small open economies while in fact they are a large closed economy.

Hamas in the New Middle East

By Giorgio Cafiero in Politics, November 18, 2012

As Hamas’s break with its longtime patron Bashar al-Assad illustrates, the Palestinian Islamist group is adapting to the new Middle East. The group is realigning its relations with Iran, Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Qatar.

France: licence to rape?

By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky in Features, November 2, 2012

A lenient gang-rape verdict has prompted outcry and a debate on France’s inadequate response to rape. The French media’s ambivalence towards rape victims also needs to be examined, says Valeria Costa-Kostritsky

America’s Global Election

By Joseph E. Stiglitz in Politics, November 1, 2012

Nobel laureate in economics Joseph Stiglitz looks at why non-US citizens around the world favor an Obama victory and outlines the reasons why they are right to do so. “American “exceptionalism” may sell well at home, but it does poorly abroad”.

Hobsbawm as a Marxist Historian: an Appreciation

By Neil Davidson in Features,

Eric Hobsbawm was often described as the greatest living Marxist historian; now that he too is part of history, it may be appropriate to explore the relationship of his historical writings to his Marxism.

The Real Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Arturo Lopez-Levy in Politics,

Kennedy and Khrushchev ultimately saved the world from a nuclear cataclysm. It was not a triumph of pure American will, as some devoted to U.S. maximalism like to forget, but the result of a negotiated arrangement.

Hawaii: Head of the Tentacled Beast

By Jon Letman in Politics, October 31, 2012

Hawaii’s relationship with the US military goes back to 1893 when US marines overthrew the sovereign kingdom ruled by Queen Liliuokalani. Always a major military base for the US in the Pacific, under Barack Obama the islands are set to play a vital role in his “Asia-Pacific Pivot”.