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The crisis is a turning point in history, a moment to ask not only how the world will change, but how it should change.
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.
The crisis will force us to change. The question is whether we can find a new national story to tell us who we are and to maintain our renewed sense of solidarity.
How an extraordinary global research effort has accelerated our understanding of coronavirus as a multi-system disease.
To escape the tyranny of the rolling news cycle we urgently need to draw on other fields of knowledge – history, science, philosophy, and the imaginative truth of art
As the UK records one of the highest death rates in the world, the government can no longer explain away the scale of the crisis.
The US and China are not merely failing to provide global leadership, they are obstructing the cause of multilateralism.
Determining the risks politicians must take will require painful truth-telling about the choices available.
How a slew of dramas and documentaries encouraged amateur sleuths to convict people for the crime of being slightly odd.
The league doesn't just fear short-term financial pain, but losing its hold on the daily lives of millions of fans.
Brazil's president is wasting time fighting his own cabinet, rather than controlling a huge public health crisis.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The former US secretary of state and ambassador to the UN on pandemic multilateralism, Iran, and American decline under Trump.
Contrary to what government advisers say, we already have figures suggesting that Britain is recording the highest number of excess deaths in Europe.
How our cultural industries are adjusting to the constraints and changing tastes of life under lockdown.
In the latest in our new series on the consequences of the crisis, a distinguished economist makes the case for a new political settlement.
How the emotionalising of politics and the media is affecting our response to coronavirus.
Daily updates pointedly break down the infections into subcategories, making it clear that only a small proportion of cases are Singapore citizens. Most are poor immigrant workers residing in dormitories.
A lethal and global disease, a stricken British prime minister, dithering governments, innumerable dead – what really happened in 1918?
Those overwhelmed by excess isolate from it. But at a near-silent meditation retreat, I became afraid of nothingness. The same frantic thought occurred over and over: why am I here?
Machiavelli did not revel in tyranny. Instead, quite calmly, he observed that Christian virtues have no place in politics.
As we increasingly rely on the internet for instant information, the reference book begins to look like an artefact from another era.
The extraordinary rise of the elusive, impulsive crown prince of Saudi Arabia.
No one else in the genre shows anything like Dee’s command of prose, tone, voice, pace, depth and phrasing.
I am bored to tears of my own cooking, but two food writers are helping me through.
How Altdorfer’s small and deeply enigmatic picture gave art a new direction.
Two new films by this cerebral director, different in style and subject matter but with a similar line in droll, doleful observation, are released this week.
The acting is hammy, the writing is clichéd, and someone’s always humping someone.
Jon Ronson joined Theroux for the inaugural episode of his new lockdown podcast, which sees him interview a different guest each week.
I want to issue a warning: “drive slowly, because the deer, who were here before us, returned to their home while we were away”.
There is no prospect of even a handshake, let alone a peck on the cheek, from man or woman, for the foreseeable future.
Before lockdown I went to the cinema with an almost religious regularity every Sunday night. These days the ritual looks a little different.
He slumps and glares. “I’m not doing it.”
The geneticist talks Star Wars, William Tecumseh Sherman, and the world's oldest democracy.
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