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      Through seven works in seven cities, how Europe bared its soul through opera
      Oct28

      Through seven works in seven cities, how Europe bared its soul through opera

      The V&A’s exhibition is not only a celebration, but a cause for celebration. This lively exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is part of a current wave of events in various media promoting opera. I’m not sure what has provoked this wave, or why it should be happening just now, but “Opera: Passion, Power and Politics” is...

      Can Ukraine pave an economic path back to normality?
      Sep15

      Can Ukraine pave an economic path back to normality?

      Three years after Ukraine sank into conflict, its government is pursuing economic reforms. The issue of new Eurobonds by Ukraine expected next week will mark the biggest step the country has taken to recover its economic sovereignty since Russia initiated armed aggression against it in 2014. Not many Ukraine watchers expected the country to...

      The Power and the Story: fact, fabrication and the shaping of the modern media
      Aug14

      The Power and the Story: fact, fabrication and the shaping of the modern media

      Author John Lloyd is amazed at how Donald Trump has “set about trashing” the practice of journalism. “Don’t you understand that if something is not on TV it doesn’t exist? Not a product, a politician nor an ideal!” Addressing one of his closest aides, in an exchange reported in a book published in 2006, Silvio Berlusconi enunciated...

      I’m a Marxist – we are misunderstood on both the left and right
      Jul31

      I’m a Marxist – we are misunderstood on both the left and right

      In these days of identity politics, the ideology remains refreshingly bracing in its view of the world. Earlier this month I stood among a cheering throng in a city square as a statue of Friedrich Engels was unveiled. This is not a sentence many have had cause to write for several decades. The “ceremony” marked the closing of the Manchester...

      A UK mosque is targeted once a week – we need to deal with anti-Muslim hatred
      Jul14

      A UK mosque is targeted once a week – we need to deal with anti-Muslim hatred

      Communities can’t just carry on as normal. Between May 2013 and June 2017, 167 mosques in the UK were targeted in anti-Muslim incidents and attacks. These incidents, reported to and confirmed by Tell MAMA, the national project tackling growing anti-Muslim hate crime which I founded, range from the distribution of anti-Muslim literature in...

      Why have we had to rely on hackers to stop catastrophic ransomware again?
      Jun28

      Why have we had to rely on hackers to stop catastrophic ransomware again?

      The latest ransomware attack even hit Chernobyl safety systems – but once again, it was down to independent hackers to save the day As the latest malware virus spread around the world, surreal images appeared on Twitter: bemused Ukrainian shoppers standing around supermarket checkouts, watching screens fill up with ominous lines of text;...

      Oliver Stone on interviewing Vladimir Putin: “There are two sides to every story”
      Jun22

      Oliver Stone on interviewing Vladimir Putin: “There are two sides to every story”

      The director says his conversations with the Russian president, like all of his works, speak for themselves. “You’re going to start with this blogging bullshit?” Oliver Stone raises his voice at a reporter, a look of fury on his face. The director has been asked about the veracity of a video shown to him by the Russian president in his...

      Ukrainians now have more freedom of travel – but less freedom of thought
      Jun22

      Ukrainians now have more freedom of travel – but less freedom of thought

      Ukraine’s government is rightly concerned about Russian cyber aggression. But does that merit online censorship? Ukrainians have sacrificed so much in their bid to be recognised as fellow Europeans. Their struggle to extricate themselves from Russian domination is written in the blood of the Euromaidan protestors and the toll of its...

      What Winston Churchill and George Orwell had in common
      Jun04

      What Winston Churchill and George Orwell had in common

      A new book from Thomas E Ricks explores the similarities between two 20th century mavericks. In his essay “The Prevention of Literature”, published in 1946, George Orwell describes attending a meeting of PEN, the club founded in 1921 to defend the interests of writers, on the tercentenary of Milton’s Areopagitica, in which the poet...

      Admission: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh – a handbook for giving up hope joyfully
      May28

      Admission: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh – a handbook for giving up hope joyfully

      Globetrotting brain surgeon’s second memoir offers a frank asessment of man and medicine. I confess: I haven’t read Henry Marsh’s first memoir, Do No Harm, nor was I aware of the praise it had garnered or the prizes it received, before I read this, his second memoir. I did, however, have an encounter with Marsh some years ago:...