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Section: New Statesman (The United Kingdom)

      Deposed dictators have often found somewhere to flee to – so where would Putin go?
      Jun07

      Deposed dictators have often found somewhere to flee to – so where would Putin go?

      Even with so much plundered wealth, which respectable state and political leadership would accept such a fugitive? In 1989-90, the Communist bloc’s rapid collapse and German reunification cut short Vladimir Putin’s promising KGB career in Dresden. Just a decade later, he was president of Russia and, excepting Dmitry Medvedev’s...

      The trail-blazing art of Lee Krasner
      Jun05

      The trail-blazing art of Lee Krasner

      Krasner was a pioneer of abstract expressionism, but it took the death of her husband Jackson Pollock for her to start painting like one. In the years immediately following the end of the Second World War, a radical new style shifted the centre of the art world from Paris to New York. This transatlantic transposition was driven by immigrant...

      How the Kremlin sees the rest of the world
      May29

      How the Kremlin sees the rest of the world

      Russian analysts reckon the US will be less focused on intervening around the world and will be more nationalist, mercantilist and interest-focused. Thomas Hobbes described the life of a man as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”. The Kremlin’s view of the world is dark and Hobbesian. But on a recent visit to Moscow, I was struck by...

      Vladimir Putin shows that dictators hang on to power not despite the people, but because of them
      May29

      Vladimir Putin shows that dictators hang on to power not despite the people, but because of them

      More than fear or censorship, it is social interactions with like-minded friends and relatives that keep people on board. Picture this: A government in trouble. The economy foundering. Poll numbers sliding. In the corridors of power, advisers struggling to gain traction with wayward voters decide to get mean – by turning citizens against one...

      Why vaccine hesitancy is a giant threat to global health and the conspiracy theory of our times
      May29

      Why vaccine hesitancy is a giant threat to global health and the conspiracy theory of our times

      Campaigners frame themselves as heroic truth-tellers fighting to save children from a deceitful medical establishment in cahoots with Big Pharma. It has been 21 years since the British doctor Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the Lancet proposing a connection between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, and nine since he...

      Chernobyl’s political fallout
      May22

      Chernobyl’s political fallout

      The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was as much a symbol of a failed ideology as of flawed design and technology. In the city of Pripyat in Ukraine, built for workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant, stands a bronze statue of the god Prometheus clasping fire in his outstretched arms. It was intended to symbolise the triumph of human...

      Russell T Davies’s Years and Years is bold and brilliant
      May15

      Russell T Davies’s Years and Years is bold and brilliant

      What audacity is here. What heart, what freedom, and what brilliance. Russell T Davies has said that his new series, Years and Years, is hard to describe succinctly, and that this is a worry to him because “I like a one-line pitch”. I like one-line pitches, too – I didn’t spend my twenties writing headlines for nothing – but having devoted...

      Huawei has exposed Britain’s geopolitical reckoning
      May09

      Huawei has exposed Britain’s geopolitical reckoning

      Britain faces a choice: align with the US, or strengthen Europe. Without deciding, it will continue stumbling into issues like the Huawei ban. When it comes to Huawei, Mike Pompeo – though perverse on everything else – is right. So is Gavin Williamson. It makes no sense for the UK to allow the Chinese tech giant to supply Britain’s fifth...

      China, Russia and the return of the civilisational state
      May08

      China, Russia and the return of the civilisational state

      Such states reject Western liberalism and the expansion of a global market society. They define their countries as distinctive civilisations with unique cultural values and political institutions. The 20th century marked the downfall of empire and the triumph of the nation state. National self-determination became the prime test of state...

      For god’s sake stop putting comedians in charge of governments
      May01

      For god’s sake stop putting comedians in charge of governments

      I’m a comedian and I recently ate all three meals in one day at Gregg’s. I am not fit to set monetary policy. Last week in the Ukraine, a country where, if you haven’t been following the news since 2014, everything is normal and fine, the actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president. Now I’m all in favour of...