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17 February 2022

A tale of two covers

The New Statesman has done something different for its 18-24 February edition.

By Megan Gibson

Readers of the New Statesman are likely to have spotted something new this week. For the 18-24 February issue of the magazine, the team has produced not one but two covers. The cover of the print edition of the magazine, “The Edge of War”, highlights our coverage of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis. With articles by Andrew Marr, Jeremy Cliffe, Bruno Maçães and Andrey Kurkov, we cover not only Russia’s threat of war, but also Ukrainians’ (mostly) ordinary existence under that threat, and the need for the West to stand up to Putin.

Our second, digital-only cover highlights our special report “The Silencing: China, the Uyghurs and a culture under attack”. Published as the Beijing Winter Olympics draw to a close, and bearing an illustration by Barry Falls – inspired by masks worn at protests and featuring a traditional Uyghur fabric – this cover puts the Uyghurs front and centre, exploring the very culture China is seeking to crush. All of the pieces highlighted on both covers can be found in the New Statesman’s current print edition, as well as online at

What’s more, as the New Statesman’s international coverage continues to grow, we will be regularly creating two covers in order to highlight our important coverage from outside the UK. As we devote more time to stories from China, the US and across Europe, we’ll be featuring them on a digital international cover.

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