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11 March 2010

This week’s New Statesman: the second Falklands war?

Trouble in the Falklands | John Pilger: Why we must resist Murdoch | Terry Eagleton interview.

By George Eaton

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This week’s New Statesman looks at whether a second Falklands war will be triggered by competition for the islands’ oil reserves. In our cover story, Peter Wilby says that the real threat to British control of the islands is diplomatic, not military. Meanwhile, the Labour MP Gerald Kaufman launches a fierce attack on the Obama administration for its neutral stance on the issue.

Elsewhere, our political correspondent, James Macintyre, offers an insider’s guide to what he calls “Next Labour”. He reports that Douglas Alexander and Ed Miliband are leading the party’s post-Brown generation.

In the columns, John Pilger argues that his homeland, Australia, has become the world’s first “murdochracy”; Mehdi Hasan reveals how Lord Paul decided to abandon his non-dom tax status; David Blanchflower looks at how the UK’s universities compare with the rest of the world’s; and Andrew Stephen argues that Obama’s presidency can’t recover until he removes his troublesome senior aides Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod.

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