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is professor of politics at the University of Ulster
ARTHUR AUGHEY PHILIP BALL’s most recent book is The Devil’s Doctor (Heinemann) JOE BOYD is the author of White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s RODRIC BRAITHWAITE
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is the author of Moscow 1941 (Profile Books)
DEREK BROWER is a journalist. He covers Russia and energy politics
was foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003
JORGE CASTAÑEDA TAMARA CHALABI
Lives of crime
is the author of The Shi’is of Jabal ‘ mil and the New A Lebanon (Palgrave Macmillan)
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) RICHARD DOWDEN
is the director of the Royal African Society is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind is the author of The Siege of Derry (Abacus)
DAVID HERMAN is a contributing editor to Prospect JOHN HORGAN
Blair’s “tough on the causes of crime” and Cameron’s “hug a hoodie” speeches reﬂect a sociological model of crime. But new research suggests some people from troubled backgrounds are far more likely to offend than others.
is director of the Centre for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey
MP is Liberal Democrat shadow environment secretary is a former MP
ROBERT JACKSON TIM KING
10 A normal hatred?
is a writer living in France
20 Should Britain renew the Trident nuclear deterrent?
is vice chair of the Arab-Jewish Forum
Most modern anti-Jewish feeling is a world away from “traditional” antisemitism.
ADAM KUPER is author of The Reinvention of Primitive Society (Routledge) DAN KUPER works for London Underground PHILIPPE LEGRAIN is the author of Open World: The Truth about Globalisation BEN LEWIS
Britain’s Trident submarines will last until 2025. Should they be renewed or can we survive without them?
12 Numbers matter
It is time for mainstream politics to debate the scale of British immigration.
32 A tale of two lefts
presents BBC4’s Art Safari is a writer and is a criminal barrister
13 Primitive errors
ALEX MCBRIDE LEWIS PAGE
The “primitive” is a ﬁgment of the western mind. Someone tell Chirac.
is a former naval officer is a Conservative MP
14 Genetic revisionism
Andrés López Obrador’s failure to win the Mexican election masks a trend: Latin America’s left turn. But there are two lefts in the region: one reformist, with its roots in hardcore leftism; the other authoritarian, born of the Latin populist tradition.
MALCOLM RIFKIND DAVID ROSE
writes for Vanity Fair and The Observer
is a professor of economics at Cambridge University is warden of New College, Oxford is professor of mathematics at Warwick University
The human genome is not a book, and this metaphor is now becoming an obstacle to understanding.
38 English questions
ARTHUR AUGHEY, ROBERT JACKSON, MALCOLM RIFKIND, CHRIS HUHNE
15 Gazprom’s triumph
Liberalised energy markets have brought Europe to the edge of a gas supply crisis.
World Cup ﬂag-waving and the prospect of Gordon Brown as prime minister have revived the English question. Will it be politicised?
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50 Educating Akello
A small girl I encounter outside a Ugandan refugee camp somehow persuades me to pay her school fees. I soon ﬁnd myself caught up in an ambiguous African story of doubt, mistrust and guilt.
69 States, citizens and trust
The authors of two new books on politics should learn to speak to our ideals as well as our needs.
8 Common law
My client is obviously guilty, but won’t answer questions. What do I do?
Watch out for China.
16 Letter from Beirut
71 Private view
Most Lebanese still want Hizbullah to disarm, despite Israel’s attacks.
Kandinsky the ﬁgurative abstractionist.
18 Washington watch
Hillary Clinton’s mensis horribilis. FICTION
And it’s goodbye from me.
47 France profonde
77 Musical notes
The grandes écoles gradutes who turn against the system.
Sol can either go to the dentist, or play poker with an old friend from his past.
A very dreary Tosca. WEB EXCLUSIVES Philippe Legrain replies to Robert Wade
48 Inefﬁcient markets
Misguided EU populism.
64 Illusions of identity 55 Brussels diary
MANNEKEN PIS KENAN MALIK
Good news for British Europhiles.
80 Notes from underground
An interview with Amartya Sen, whose new book claims that the British approach to multiculturalism undermines individual freedom.
FORTHCOMING Paul Skidmore on politics and participation Robert Colls on Shearer’s paradox Ray Pahl replies to David Goodhart on nationalism Adair Turner considers Bjørn Lomborg’s plan to save the world
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The ticket ofﬁce is shut. Oh joy.
66 The madcap laughs no more
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Syd Barrett appealed to a romantic idea of doomed genius—but also went on to live an ordinary life.
67 Stringing us along
The tide seems to be turning against string theory and its attempts to produce a theory of everything.
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