A man died yesterday and with him, quietly, an era. The death of Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-fascist Prime Minister, has drawn relatively little attention, and perhaps this is how it should be. For all Spain’s current woes, democracy there is now business as usual, so the touch-and-go process by which it was re-established looms [...]
I’m currently in Israel as part of a press delegation sent here by the British pro-Israel think tank BICOM (lovely people, by the way). My first day has been exhausting, and it’s not even over yet; in an hour or two, we’re meeting the director of the Jerusalem Press Club for dinner.
Today we went on [...]
Owen Jones can rightly be described as a phenomenon. Still not even in his thirties, he has sought to remake the British left and has succeeded to an impressive extent. Without him, it’s doubtful the anti-austerity movement could have coalesced and unified so quickly, and been so single-minded. He writes with admirable clarity and punch, [...]
Best thing I’ve read all year was Daniel Finkelstein in The Times, 30 January, in response to David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP of whom no one had heard until he said, as he signed the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment (pictured): “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution [...]
Gabriella Swerling looks at the history of Holocaust Memorial Day and speaks to a concentration camp survivor.
A while ago, I was having a conversation with friends; the Holocaust came up and we began to tentatively discuss it. After a few minutes, one friend, who had been keeping very quiet, looked up and said, slightly confused: “What even is the Holocaust?”
Last night as part of the BBC’s fantastic Olympic coverage a short documentary was shown on nature versus nurture and the triumph of black athletes in the face of racism and oppression, but why was the appalling treatment of disabled during the Holocaust omitted?
Ask anyone in the street what the word “Gypsy” means to them and they will almost certainly come up with “Dale Farm” or Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
If it isn’t already top of your search engine, we’ve noticed that Amazon are selling Nazi flags on the site. At the bargain price of £6.44, comments mocking the items have appeared in reviews on the site. But should flags that represent a racist and offensive ideology be up for sale? John Rentoul and Matthew Bell open the debate.
First, congratulations to Anthea Bell, who has won the 2010 Schlegel-Tieck prize for German translation, for her work on Stefan Zweig’s compelling novella Burning Secret. It has been a good season for Bell, one of the finest translators around. In December, The Independent named her one of its “literary heroes of the Noughties”, and she has now been [...]
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