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 2021-01-22 18:16 

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World Review podcast: Joe Biden, Armin Laschet and the future of transatlantic relationships...

The New Statesman 's World Review podcast with Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin. In the week when Germany's governing party, the CDU, elected Armin Laschet as their new leader, and Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States...

 2021-01-22 15:21 

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Why China's economy is less healthy than it looks...

Chinese GDP figures represent real economic activity, but it is not all productive economic activity. China was the only major economy to experience growth last year, as its industrial sector continued to expand. Following a year-on-year contraction of 6....

 2021-01-22 14:36 

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Boris Johnson has a lesson to teach us about civility but not the one he thinks...

The Prime Minister is in no position to lecture anyone about lack of respect in political discourse. In 1990, during a recorded telephone conversation that is widely available on the internet today, Daily Telegraph reporter Boris Johnson agreed, after som...

 2021-01-22 14:07 

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Harvard's top astronomer says our solar system may be teeming with alien technology...

Avi Loeb spent his career searching for evidence of alien life. When he found it, the scientific community refused to believe him. If you could fly two billion miles in the direction of the Pegasus constellation, and knew where to look, you would find a t...

 2021-01-22 13:56 

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The curious legend of the lockdown house party...

By announcing new 800 fines for people attending house parties, the government is distracting from the reality of a rule-abiding public. From next week, if you attend a house party of more than 15 people in England, you could be fined 800. This penalty wi...

 2021-01-22 11:49 

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How the UK's Covid-19 strategy is being driven by Rishi Sunak's reluctance to spend...

The Chancellor's approach means the government is unlikely to fund a 500 payment for those who test positive. Pick a number, as long as it's round! The government has announced that people in England attending parties of more than 15 will face ind...

 2021-01-22 10:01 

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Podcast: Why Joe Biden's inauguration sparked a "wokeness" row in British politics...

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the week in politics on the New Statesman podcast. Following the inauguration of President Biden on 20 January, Boris Johnson struggled to answer a question about whether the new US leader is "woke...

 2021-01-21 18:58 

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How Joe Biden's executive orders are reversing Donald Trump's legacy...

The new US president has had a prolific first day in office. On his first day in office, US President Joe Biden repudiated the key policies of Trumpism through 17 executive orders, proclamations and memorandums. Through these, he sought to reject isolatio...

 2021-01-21 18:27 

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Joe Biden's inauguration speech was the angriest ever, according to sentiment analysis...

New Statesman data analysis shows that the new president also put an unprecedented focus on public health and unity. Joe Biden's inauguration on 20 January took place amid an unprecedented convergence of constitutional, socioeconomic and public health...

 2021-01-21 18:00 

New Statesman

Call My Agent! captures the absurdity of the film industry...

The French series puts glamorous actors such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Isabelle Huppert into farcical situations while showing huge affection for the business. In the first episode of the new series of the brilliant French comedy drama Call My Agent! , ...

 2021-01-21 17:49 

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Agora: a marketplace of ideas...

Welcome to the New Statesman 's philosophy column. Agora is a space for academics to draw on their education and experience in order to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues from a philosophical point of view. The series is modera...

 2021-01-21 17:32 

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International coronavirus vaccine tracker: how long will lockdown last?...

Use the New Statesman's trackers to monitor the state of the global effort to vaccinate the world against Covid-19. A global effort to vaccinate people against Covid-19 is underway - with much of Europe tightening restrictions as a second wave of the ...

 2021-01-21 14:16 

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Why Joe Biden's climate leadership may unite the US, but stoke divisions with China...

To what extent should the rest of the world see China's environmental achievements as distinct from its human rights violations? This time four years ago, when Donald Trump entered the White House, those with an eye on the climate crisis despaired. Hi...

 2021-01-20 20:30 

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Kamila Shamsie and Nell Stevens to judge 2021 Goldsmiths Prize...

Fred D'Aguiar and Johanna Thomas-Corr complete the panel for the 10,000 prize for "literature at its most novel". The novelist Kamila Shamsie and the memoirist and fiction writer Nell Stevens have been announced as judges for this year's G...

 2021-01-20 18:35 

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"We must end this uncivil war": Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural address...

World leaders responded warmly as the new US president declared that democracy had prevailed. "We've learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed." So said President Joe Bide...

 2021-01-20 18:06 

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How Pierre-Jacques Volaire perched his viewers on the rim of Vesuvius...

Volaire witnessed most of the major volcanic events of the second half of the 18th century and, in his paintings, he made Vesuvius his own. Mount Vesuvius had a busy 18th century, with some six major eruptions and near continuous growlings and spurtings. ...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

New Statesman

How the Hall orchestra is bringing back live music online...

The Hall is gamely testing a behind-the-scenes docu-concert hybrid, available to stream on its website. Here is Simon Armitage, literally leaning against his own poem "The Event Horizon", the words of which are stamped into a steel plate in the ve...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

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Joe Biden and the US media's fight to restore objective truth...

After four years of Donald Trump, just one in ten Republicans says they trust the media. Ask a UK news media executive what their biggest priority is for the year ahead and they will say finding a way to make journalism pay and keep everyone in a job. But...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

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Why Boris Johnson's Conservatives will struggle to adapt to the Biden era...

The Tories gained nothing from their four-year love-in with Donald Trump and now they are suffering the consequences. Never forget Michael Gove's co- interview with Donald Trump . Never forget the fawning questions, the implicit collusion as Trump day...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

New Statesman

How vulnerable children are being forgotten during the Covid-19 lockdown...

A social worker reveals the daily struggle of children in precarious circumstances and warns the government is ignoring their plight. It's Tuesday afternoon on 5 January 2021, the day after the latest lockdown in England has been announced. I'm pe...

 2021-01-20 17:13 

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Penning an ode to Scott Parker, a manager from another age, and other distractions...

With that square jaw, those cheekbones and that piercing stare the former midfielder could be a 1930s Hollywood heart-throb. I was so looking forward to watching Spurs-Fulham, mainly because I wanted to observe one person. No not the Blessed Harry, or Nic...

 2021-01-20 17:06 

New Statesman

This England: Pota-toe...

This column which, though named after a line in Shakespeare's "Richard II", refers to the whole of Britain has run in the NS since 1934. Police were called after a woman found a suspected toe buried in a field in Gateshead. Detectives deployed...

 2021-01-20 17:00 

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My New Statesman tote bag was a symbol of hope and belonging, and then it almost killed me...

Ah, the irony! That I should be immolated by a bag advertising the very magazine that employs me! How long have you been locked down for? I mean, when was the last time you left your home? I left two days ago, to go to Waitrose. I checked my watch before ...

 2021-01-20 16:59 

New Statesman

The one-dimensional city...

Saudi Arabia unveils its half-trillion-dollar plan for a new linear utopia. But is the idea anything new? The 2013 sci-fi movie Snowpiercer reduces the Earth's population to the passengers of a speeding train. The poor and hungry live in the rear cars...

 2021-01-20 16:55 

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The NS Poem: Iris Murdoch's Love...

A poem by the late Peter Abbs. Today the wild hawthorn breaks bridal white and a thick mist is drifting down. Why do I think "bridal"? Or feel terror as mist erases the familiar. To hell with nature poetry! Half-agreed but this is not "heritag...

 2021-01-20 16:24 

New Statesman

Letter of the week: Sniffing out Musk's failures...

A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email letters@newstatesman.co.uk to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine. Elon Musk may be, as Will Dunn suggests, "a more interesting person to occupy capitalism&...

 2021-01-20 16:23 

New Statesman

Commons Confidential: The workers divided...

Your weekly dose of gossip from around Wesminster. The belief that Joe Biden's team only really care about Northern Ireland and Cop26 is why, whispered my snout, Boris Johnson gave the European Union a UK internal border down the Irish Sea and instruc...

 2021-01-20 16:15 

New Statesman

Kevin Maguire's Diary: My grudge with Boris Johnson, Labour leaks and where is Allegra Stratton?...

The Prime Minister's press secretary has arrived but her soapbox hasn't, delayed until the pandemic is over whenever that is. Word is Johnson is starting to have second thoughts... Spending social capital during the pandemic faster than Rishi Suna...

 2021-01-20 16:13 

New Statesman

The rise of the fact-checker in an age of disinformation...

As president Donald Trump made more than 30,500 false or misleading claims; and the Washington Post tracked every one. When Glenn Kessler began editing the Washington Post 's Fact Checker in 2011, he described himself in an interview as "someone w...

 2021-01-20 16:09 

New Statesman

The persecution of Alexei Navalny in Russia reveals the corrupt face of Putin's authoritarian state...

To understand Navalny's significance, and his arrest, we must consider two big shifts in Russia: the suppression of its economy and internet usage. There is bravery, and then there is Alexei Navalny's return to Russia. Only five months ago, the op...

 2021-01-20 15:21 

New Statesman

Joe Biden's presidency will not be a return to normality...

Domestically and internationally, the incoming president faces almost unprecedented challenges. It will be hard, as an observer of the US (let alone a liberal-minded citizen of the country) not to breathe a sigh of relief when Joe Biden takes the oath of ...

 2021-01-20 15:13 

New Statesman

NS Recommends: New books from Bryan Washington, Jonty Claypole, Raven Leilani and Ijeoma Oluo...

Memorial by Washington, Words Fail Us by Claypole, Luster by Leilani, Mediocre by Oluo. Memorial by Bryan Washington Benson and Mike are about to end things. Then Mike flies to Japan to care for his dying father, just as his mother arrives to stay with Be...

 2021-01-20 15:04 

New Statesman

How banana ice cream and a cheat's Spanish omelette can make cooking with children fun, sometimes......

While a child who can make their own sandwiches is worth their weight in cheese and pickle, here are a few projects that may take a bit more time, but can be fun for everyone. While it's hard to think of anyone who's found the past ten months easy...

 2021-01-20 14:49 

New Statesman

Amika George Q&A: "I need to work out what job to have in this lifetime first"...

The period poverty activist on Jayaben Desai, Come Dine With Me, and writing her dissertation on the British Asian club scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Amika George was born in London in 1999. She is the founder of the Free Periods campaign group, which tac...

 2021-01-20 14:40 

New Statesman

How should we remember the Holocaust?...

Why the plan for a new national memorial in Westminster is causing such division. As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945 we might spare a thought for the unsung David Morg...

 2021-01-20 14:34 

New Statesman

Can robots make good therapists?...

Stuck at home in lockdown, and with limited access to mental health services, people are turning to chatbots for company, advice and even friendship. In the mid-Sixties the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum c...

 2021-01-20 13:36 

New Statesman

What we learned from a tech-disrupted PMQs...

In between technology disasters and bad hair days, here's what we learned at this week's Prime Minister's Questions. If this week's Prime Minister's Questions is remembered at all, it will not be for the content of the answers, but for...

 2021-01-20 13:00 

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Could Plaid Cymru turn the Welsh Tories' scandal to their advantage?...

With the closely fought Welsh parliamentary elections approaching, both Labour and Conservative members have been accused of breaking Covid rules. A group of politicians and their aides, including the leader and the chief whip of the Welsh Conservatives a...

 2021-01-20 12:44 

New Statesman

Leader: The welfare conundrum...

Under pressure to extend the Universal Credit rise, Rishi Sunak might be tempted to do the minimum. Instead, he must use this moment to build the resilient welfare state the UK has long needed. The Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis the welfare stat...

 2021-01-20 12:41 

New Statesman

The New Statesman on the Trump era...

The best of our US coverage from the past four years, featuring Gary Younge, Emily Tamkin, Timothy Snyder and Sarah Churchwell. Four years ago Donald Trump delivered an inaugural address as dark as it was angry. In it he vowed to transfer the power from W...

 2021-01-19 18:13 

New Statesman

The businesses that could benefit from Biden...

Our business team looks at the corporates that are set to do well in Joe Biden's America. A month before the US presidential election last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that the predictions of many on Wall Street could be read in their trades...

 2021-01-19 17:03 

New Statesman

It's not just you: Why the current lockdown is having an extreme effect on mental health...

Britons are reportedly struggling more than at any other point in the pandemic. Why now? And what can be done to ease the mental health crisis? For the majority of 2020, when asked how I was, I answered in all sincerity: basically fine. Like many others, ...

 2021-01-19 16:02 

New Statesman

How South Korea's Covid-19 success faltered...

View the full image Inconsistency and perceived complacency is undermining faith in the government's previously lauded strategy. South Korea's aggressive response to Covid-19 has often been praised internationally as a success, becoming the envy o...

 2021-01-19 14:04 

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Why the government needs to be more transparent on vaccines...

The vaccine rollout is going well but we need access to more data to develop a clearer picture of distribution rates on a regional level. Coronavirus vaccines are to be "diverted" to areas in England falling behind on rolling out vaccines to the o...

 2021-01-19 13:56 

New Statesman

How democracy could become one of the pandemic's lasting victims...

New research suggests the world has become increasingly autocratic since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Last year, faced with the global spread of Covid-19, many political leaders enacted emergency powers to help tackle the pandemic. In some cases, how...

 2021-01-19 12:49 

New Statesman

Donald Trump's pardoning spree reveals a historic constitutional flaw...

The US president has made clear that pardon power undermines equal justice under the law. In his final hours in office, Donald Trump is expected to go on a pardoning spree and has even reportedly discussed pardoning himself and his adult children. The pre...

 2021-01-18 17:52 

New Statesman

Joe Biden's "Made in America" rhetoric is about to meet the ongoing reality of globalisation...

Most new manufacturing jobs in the US are the result of foreign investment. The last five years has seen the comeback of economic nationalism. Much of this has been rhetorical, with President Trump shouting the loudest. "Bring back our jobs," he p...

 2021-01-18 17:32 

New Statesman

Exclusive: Londoners support low-traffic neighbourhoods and Greater London boundary charge...

New London polling reveals enthusiasm for car reduction measures such as LTNs and Transport for London's planned toll on driving into the capital. More Londoners support than oppose car reduction measures, according to new polling for the New Statesma...

 2021-01-18 17:07 

New Statesman

Should Covid-19 restrictions be lifted if only the elderly are vaccinated?...

The world's eyes are on Israel, as governments overeager to reopen risk repeating earlier mistakes. As vaccination campaigns ramp up around the world, the countries furthest ahead are beginning to debate at what point coronavirus restrictions can begi...

 2021-01-18 16:48 

New Statesman

Why Joe Biden could struggle to restore global trust in the US...

Foreign governments no longer consider the US a reliable ally, even without Donald Trump. Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday 20 January, putting an end to a chaotic four years of Donald Trump, which culmi...

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