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A 17th Century battle of wits. Libertines v Jesuits

By Edward Muir in Arts and Culture, January 10, 2018

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.

Reminiscences of a Trainee Tea Buyer

By Colin Conor in Features, January 2, 2018

A look back at a bygone era, when the drinking of tea involved ceremony and respect for the plant. Colin Conor recalls his life as a trainee tea buyer in London and offers an almost foolproof method for brewing the perfect cup of tea.

Catalonia’s December 21 elections

By Patrice de Beer in Politics, December 18, 2017

It is time for the Spanish establishment to realise that their country, like any other democracy, can’t be maintained harmoniously only by threatening the use of force and prison sentences.

Big media and big money in 2017

By Des Freedman in Features,

From Disney/Murdoch to Net Neutrality. This week’s events have shown that the new digital media landscape is every bit as monopolistic as the old one. And what’s Murdoch up to now?

A Tale of Two Faltering Unions

By Yanis Varoufakis in Politics, December 17, 2017

An address at the Oxford Guild, Oxford University, on passionate believers who are troublemakers, Brexit negotiations, simulating a federation and other conundrums.

The web began dying in 2014

By André Staltz in Features, December 12, 2017

It may seem as though nothing has changed on the web – but since 2014, Google and Facebook hace acquired direct influence over more than 70% of internet traffic. They’re not stopping there.

Starvation and Cholera in Yemen

By Adil E. Shamoo in Politics, December 11, 2017

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. The war is taking Yemen back to the dark ages. It is an immoral war, and it is a humanitarian disaster. The United States cannot and should not participate in such a slaughter.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection

By Paul Rogers in Politics, December 10, 2017

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

How did 1917 change the west?

By Sam Greene in Features, November 23, 2017

The Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London looks back at the significance of Russia’s 1917 revolution. “Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process”.

The origins of the Industrial Revolution

By Leander Heldring, James Robinson, Sebastian Vollmer in Economics and Finance, November 19, 2017

The Industrial Revolution is arguably the most important economic event in world history, and successful industrialisation continues to elude many developing countries today.