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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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