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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
PHILIP BALL’s most recent book is The Devil’s Doctor (Heinemann) PETER BERGEN is author of The Osama bin Laden I Know (Simon & Schuster) STEPHEN CHAN
Issue one hundred and twenty-six September 2006
is dean of law and social sciences at Soas edited Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida (Penguin)
is the author of Identity of England (OUP)
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) KENNETH NEIL CUKIER
The right dialectic
is technology correspondent at the Economist
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
The Vitamin Murders (Portobello) is forthcoming
CHARLES GRANT is director of the Centre for European Reform VASILY GROSSMAN
(1905-64) is the author of Life and Fate (Vintage)
NICHOLAS HUMPHREY is a professor at the London School of Economics TIM KING
The contest between equality and liberty has become a dispute about who owns the ground of “fraternity” and whether the state (Gordon Brown) or the individual (David Cameron) will lift its banner there.
is a writer living in France
is an adviser and speechwriter to David Cameron works for the underground
10 Pakistani puzzles
18 The unﬁnished war
AMIR TAHERI, AUGUSTUS RICHARD NORTON, JUDITH PALMER HARIK
PHILIPPE LEGRAIN is the author of Open World: The Truth about Globalisation MARK LEONARD
is the author of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century presents BBC4’s Art Safari
Pakistan is abuzz with conspiracy theories about the latest terror plot in Britain.
Why did the war in Lebanon happen and whose interests did it serve? What is life like under Hizbullah?
11 Bipartisan disaster
is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation
ANATOL LIEVEN DENIS MACSHANE ALEX MCBRIDE
is a Labour MP
is a criminal barrister is a writer
Americans’ unease with US foreign policy is not reﬂected by either of the two political parties.
26 Michael Jay
CHARLES GRANT & MARK LEONARD
13 Threat to the net
KENNETH NEIL CUKIER
AUGUSTUS RICHARD NORTON
is a professor at Boston University is the author of
The recently retired head of the diplomatic service tries to explain why the foreign ofﬁce matters.
JUDITH PALMER HARIK
Hezbollah (IB Tauris) is a freelance historian, philosopher and blogger
JONATHAN RÉE ALEX RENTON
“Network neutrality” is a good idea—but enshrining it in law is not the right way.
14 Labour’s good book
38 A brief history of air-conditioning
won the 2006 Glenfiddich award for best food writer is professor of mathematics at Warwick University is editor of the foreign policy journal Politique Internationale is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist living in London
The Future of Socialism was the last important book written by a Labour politician.
As use of air-conditioning grows, so does its contribution to climate change.
16 Scramble for China
44 Shearer’s paradox
Africa is desperate for Chinese investment, but only South Africa will get much of it.
Newcastle United doesn’t understand the magic it works.
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48 What were the causes of 9/11?
Five years on, there are many theories about the real causes of 9/11. Which ones are plausible but ﬂawed, and which are credible?
68 A masterful failure
John Updike has largely failed to convey the interior life of an ArabAmerican terrorist.
8 Common law
70 Accidental revolutionary
Can I prove my client was framed?
17 Washington watch
In his new biography of Thomas Paine, Christopher Hitchens’s discourse has grown gouty with age.
The meaning of Lieberman’s defeat.
30 Matters of taste
Time to regulate the organic industry.
The real Sean Connery.
41 Inefﬁcient markets
72 Private view
The Doha derailment.
I’m issuing a “realism” alert.
42 France profonde
54 Vasily Grossman
77 Musical notes
The fall of Libération.
46 Lab report
How Britain exploits US weakness.
The late Russian writer’s epic novel Life and Fate—often compared with War and Peace—was ﬁrst published in English in the mid-1980s. But only now is interest taking off.
The Lucerne festival. WEB EXCLUSIVES Michael Horovitz on the John Betjeman anniversary Ehsan Masood, Tahir Abbas and others on the terror plot.
52 Brussels diary
David Miliband’s sex appeal.
60 The dog 80 Notes from underground
DAN KUPER VASILY GROSSMAN
Mind your language.
Born into the life of a stray, Pestrushka ﬁnds herself being trained for spaceﬂight.
FORTHCOMING Jeremy Isaacs on Channel 4
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
66 History and human nature
Niall Ferguson’s “punk Gibbon” account of the horrors of the 20th century is gripping—until his foray into evolutionary psychology.
Siôn Simon, Peter Wilby, David Willetts and others look back on Blairism
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