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62Leaving Baghdad The al-Hayalis were set to join the hundreds of thousands of middle-class families who have fled Iraq. Just before their departure, calamity struck. KIM SENGUPTA
10The prisoner The killers Ilove. CAR HILLS
20Washington watch Goodbye Turd Blossom. TUMBLER
40Rivers of Babylon Iraq’s Asian Cup triumph. NIBRAS KAZIMI
52Lab report Our floods, their floods. PHILIP BALL
60Inefficient markets Who are the villains in the financial crisis? MICHAEL PREST
88Confessions Getting high in Holland. KATE SAUNDERS
04Letters 06News & curiosities 08Grayling’s question AC GRAYLING 08Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 81Classifieds 86The generalist 87The list
David Robins on knife crime. A poet visits CERN. Alison McLeod confesses. Jonathan Wolff on criminal justice. Ian Jack reviews VS Naipaul. The next issue ofProspectis published on 27th September
Arts and books
66 Infested She knew it would take something special to win Best Pest. When she saw the dog, she knew she’d found it. ROSS RAISIN
74 Beyond good and evil Nicholas Mosley’s novels address the unfashionable idea that good and evil are inseparable. It’s an approach that has put him at odds with the literary establishment. EDWARD SKIDELSKY
76 Drama without theatre Plays set in locations other than theatres have flourished in recent years. But do such works succeed in breaking down the barrier between actors and audience? CHRIS WILKINSON
78 The fall of the wild Nature writing is enjoying a resurgence, but the danger of mapping any wilderness is that it becomes tame and dumb. KATHRYN HUGHES
79 Recycling Nixon Conrad Black’s new biography of Richard Nixon portrays him as a “mighty and mythic” figure who was unfairly hounded from office. Sound familiar? ANDREW ADONIS
72Widescreen Antonioni trumps Bergman. MARK COUSINS
80Performance notes Bring on the applause. MARTIN KETTLE
85Smallscreen There’s no crisis in documentaries. CHRISTOPHER HIRD
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JONATHAN MYERSON on writing the British West Wing
LARA FEIGEL reviews Tessa Hadley’s The Master Bedroom
IARLA KILBANE-DAWE on the quality of London’s air
JM SHAW on stupidity and ideology in the British school curriculum
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ROBERT HAZELL on Blair’s unfinished constitutional business
IAIN MCLEAN on devolution
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GEOFFREY HOWE & OTHERS discuss Labour’s constitutional reforms
JOHN LLOYD on the BBC’s self-hatred BARRY COX on why the BBC is not a public service like the NHS TIM CONGDON & GAVYN DAVIES debate whether the licence fee still works
JAMES CRABTREE asks if America is ready for Barack Obama
CARL M CANNON explains why Hillary isn’t too liberal to win
JOSHUA KURLANTZICK on what the Dems should do on foreign policy
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