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3 February 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: the new Arab revolt

Tariq Ramadan on the Muslim Brotherhood | Murdoch’s long goodbye | Laurie Penny: the horror of vajaz

By George Eaton

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In this week’s New Statesman, as despots come under threat across the Middle East, we look at the implications for the region and ask if radical Islam will fill the vacuum.

The Islamic philosopher Tariq Ramadan says the Muslim Brotherhood is playing the long game and that no one can tell which faction will emerge in a dominant position. Elsewhere, Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, argues that a takeover by the Brotherhood is not only undesirable but unlikely, Mehdi Hasan says the neocons can take no credit for the Egyptian revolution and Lana Asfour reports from Tunis, the city where it all began.

Also this week, Tim Montgomerie says that David Cameron must do much more to raise his party’s morale, David Blanchflower explains what the Prime Minister can learn from the Charge of the Light Brigade and Laurie Penny examines the new celebrity craze for “vajazzling”.

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All this, plus Peter Wilby on Rupert Murdoch’s long goodbye, Alex Preston on why the traders are still smiling and an interview with former death row inmate Wilbert Rideau.