In this week’s New Statesman: Burma’s silent agitator

Noam Chomsky on Latin America | Osborne’s deadly cuts | David Remnick interview.

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Aung San Suu Kyi may be unable to take part in Burma's elections this year but in this week's cover story, Peter Popham argues that she remains the most potent force resisting the rule of the generals. Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky looks at what the west can learn from Latin America's enduring struggle against neoliberalism and US domination.

Elsewhere, our top columnists give their verdict on George Osborne's first Budget. David Blanchflower warns that Osborne's dramatic spending cuts could tip Britain back into recession and Mehdi Hasan says that the Chancellor's decision to hit the poor with tax rises proves that the Nasty Party never went away.

In the Critics, Rachel Cooke explains where the latest John Lennon biopic went wrong and Ryan Gilbey reviews new films by Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola.

Also don't miss a rare interview with David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, who tells us why Team Obama turned on him.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.