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      Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars
      Mar14

      Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars

      Although Eurovision song lyrics are not permitted to be political, the 2016 Ukrainian entry has found a way of bringing an historical injustice into present-day popular culture. “They come to your house / they kill you all and say / we’re not guilty.” These are the provocative lyrics to Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest entry “1944”...

      Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure
      Mar06

      Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure

      The British take a perverse pleasure in glorious defeat, as Heroic Failure and the British by Stephanie Barczewski examines. In 1799 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park published Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, which described his voyage across Senegal and along the River Niger in Mali, in search of the city of Timbuktu. In 1805 he...

      What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia
      Mar04

      What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia

      Artists are attempting to resurrect a piece of cultural history that has been buried, but also highlight the difficulty experienced by black people in Putin’s Russia. Modern Russia has a reputation for being racist. And for good reason. The number of racist acts committed by Russian football fans doubled last season, according to...

      David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it
      Mar01

      David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it

      Winning ugly won’t work, warns David Clark. David Cameron’s referendum pitch relies heavily on the mantra a “reformed Europe”, but it would be wrong for pro-Europeans to indulge the idea that the deal he negotiated in Brussels last month is anything more than a fig leaf. The parts of it that might turn out to be modestly beneficial...

      From pornography to surrogacy, too few of us are ethical consumers of bodies
      Feb26

      From pornography to surrogacy, too few of us are ethical consumers of bodies

      When it comes to buying access to other people’s bodies, experience shows that it’s a buyer’s market: those with the economic power set the terms. Sometimes I wish I was better at maths, because there’s a diagram I really want to draw. Here are the two axes – up the side, need for item or service; across the bottom,...

      Ukrainian cooking shakes off the old Soviet fur coat
      Feb12

      Ukrainian cooking shakes off the old Soviet fur coat

      Forget the stereotype: Ukranian cuisine is about more than just borscht, as a new cookbook shows. “Potatoes,” Olia Hercules fumes. “Everyone thinks I’ve written a book about bloody potatoes.” It must be said that there is the odd spud in Mamushka (Mitchell Beazley), her surprisingly colourful celebration of Ukrainian food (after all, how...

      Letter from Donetsk: ice cream, bustling bars and missiles in eastern Ukraine
      Feb07

      Letter from Donetsk: ice cream, bustling bars and missiles in eastern Ukraine

      In Donetsk, which has been under the control of Russian backed rebels since April 2014, the propaganda has a hermetic, relentless feel to it. Eighty-eight year-old Nadya Moroz stares through the taped-up window of her flat in Donetsk, blown in by persistent bombing. She wonders why she abandoned her peaceful village for a “better life” in Donetsk...

      Q&A: Why the UN’s Julian Assange ruling is meaningless
      Feb05

      Q&A: Why the UN’s Julian Assange ruling is meaningless

      The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has no legal force in the UK. Why is Julian Assange even in the Ecuadorean embassy? In June 2012, the Wikileaks founder fled bail, walked into the embassy, and applied for political asylum to the Ecuadorean government. And he’s stayed there ever since. Assange was on bail because the UK was trying...

      In this week’s magazine | Putin’s Wars
      Feb03

      In this week’s magazine | Putin’s Wars

      A first look at this week’s issue. 5-11 February issuePutin’s Wars Cover story: Putin’s Wars From Ukraine to Syria, Elizabeth Pond on how the Russian strongman overreached. The New Young Fogeys: Is abstinence the ultimate youth rebellion? Eleanor Margolis on Generation Boring and Tim Wigmore on the rise of middle-aged hedonism....

      Leader: The new young fogeys
      Feb03

      Leader: The new young fogeys

      Twenty-two years after Oasis sang, “All I need are cigarettes and alcohol,” the young are abandoning both. Every generation likes to bemoan the excesses and irresponsibility of the young. This should stop. The youth of today – the “new young fogeys”, as we call them – are the best-behaved generation since the social and cultural upheavals of the...