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62The stealthy rise of renewables Britain has created a regressive stealth tax to fund the renewable energy sector. It’s unfair, expensive and crude—but it works. Yet this subsidy should be more wisely directed, away from renewables towards zero carbon power. RICHARD BARRY
12Letter from Berlin Filming Germany’s past. RORY MACLEAN
20Washington watch Obama’s spare change. TUMBLER
33This sporting life The triumph of Twenty20. DAVID GOLDBLATT
44Crisis watch Warren Buffett’s troubles. JONATHAN FORD
61China café No one argues against progress in China. MARK KITTO
65Brussels diary What does Obama mean for the EU? MANNEKEN PIS
88Letter from Kabul How the aid workers live. THIERRY KELAART
6Letters 8News & curiosities 10Grayling’s question AC GRAYLING 10Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 86The generalist 87The list
TIM WINTON on biodiversity
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66Crossing Martyrs Bridge The world is full ofkillers, schemers and liars. But I know what I did. HASSAN BLASIM
70The audacity of Dave David Cameron could bring truly radical change—but only if he dares to stick to his convictions. PETER OBORNE
72Let’s talk about books What do you get when you interview 48 great authors? Something immodest, self-contradictory, grumpy—and rather wonderful. RACHEL ASPDEN
73A third way in the middle east Gilles Kepel’s polemic is a useful overview, but it is marred by stereotypes and wishful thinking. KISHWER FALKNER
74The rebirth of a nation As her latest novel shows, Toni Morrison is America’s most inﬂuential black literary voice. MARY FITZGERALD
75Is America growing apart? A new book argues that politics has made American communities more divided than ever. Is it right? PETER KELLNER
77The moral wilderness Alasdair MacIntyre virtually invented “virtue ethics.”Yet he thinks his acolytes are sadly misguided. JONATHAN RÉE
79Performance notes Korngold’s best opera. MARTIN KETTLE
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DAVID WILLETTS argues Britain has high levels of social mobility GEOFF DENCH reviews Ferdinand Mount’s book Mind the Gap JOHN GOLDTHORPE explains how social mobility really works
80Widescreen Hungerreminds me of home.
85Smallscreen John Adamsis a text for our times. PETER BAZALGETTE
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