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The Kurdish people are used to being let down by the West, but Donald Trump's abandonment of north-eastern Syria to Erdogan and Assad may be the most squalid betrayal of all.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
While the Tories and Lib Dems worry about their pitch to voters if Britain leaves the EU before an election, Labour's campaign has begun. But it needs to get through Brexit first.
Donald Trump's actions on Syria expose his catastrophic impulsiveness, but America's strategic incoherence and weakness goes well beyond the president.
I enjoy a glimpse of life on the other side of the media manipulator/reporter divide as a story about my new job makes my phone do the can-can.
When women perform pain it is seen as grotesque and manipulative. When a man does, it’s cathartic escape from what they usually are.
A letter from Beijing on China's response to the Hong Kong riots.
My snout was entertained to see Sajid Javid sitting next to Bruce Springsteen for the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Goldsmith Street is what you get when housing is designed as somewhere to live, rather than something to invest in.
Facing men often two stone heavier, Japan overcame the deficit with handling skills that one sports journalist described as “other-worldly”.
Murphy’s removal has been spun as a temporary secondment, but there will be no return.
Donald Trump’s ignorance and Turkey’s onslaught against the Kurds have emboldened Islamic State and the murderous Assad regime – and strengthened Russia’s control over the blighted country.
The Kurds sacrificed their lives to fight IS and now they are being abandoned by their Western allies
In 1845 a middle-aged Oxford vicar, after a long period of agonising, decided to convert to Catholicism – to much shock and scandal. Last week, 174 years later, he was declared a saint.
As I try to relax on the Greek island, which is romantically haunted by Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, I am yet further haunted by one of Beckett's letters, and by grammar.
We can try to bend the novel to fit our politics or culture, but it will always go its own way, making itself anew.
The division of Berlin created a cage designed to stop a population fleeing. It was a triumph of East German and Russian ingenuity – but it could not last.
There is no lack of danger in Ian Urbina’s high sea travels; impressively, he never shies away from it.
A new book explores the complex background to Erdogan’s tightening grip on power.
This Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel commits itself absolutely to portraying the troubled state of mind of its protagonist.
Despite the suicides of his mother and eldest daughter, Tricky’s prose is never self-pitying.
The Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy spat saw the social media age collide with a bygone era of tabloid celebrity.
How George Stubbs got under the skin of his subjects, animal and human, before he started painting.
Director Olivier Assayas explores the prospects of the printed word in the digital age.
Abandon hope all ye who approach this sagging sofa.
Bob Mortimer’s jokes never come to a terminus – his sense of humour is an endless thing.
Helping out at a community cookery course recently I was surprised to discover few shoppers venture into the world food aisle.
There’s not that much to do in Faversham, except browse the charity shops and go to the pub.
This record is the sound of a man whose whole being has been altered, possessed even, by what has happened.
It is estimated that in England alone, some 425,000 people have unsuspected atrial fibrillation.
The author on communism, robots and the history of China.
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