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10 March 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: who owns the world?

The world’s biggest landowners | Martha Nussbaum on why politeness matters | Laurie Penny on Charlie

By Samira Shackle

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In this week’s New Statesman, Kevin Cahill reveals the most powerful global landowners. In the second part of our exclusive investigation on land ownership, he shows that royalty – from the Queen of England to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – still own the most land worldwide.

Elsewhere, Mehdi Hasan offers a rare defence of the Liberal Democrats, David Blanchflower argues that we can’t trust George Osborne when Mervyn King is warning of a second crash, and the former Metropolitan police commissioner Ian Blair suggests that we can learn from policing in New York.

Also this week, Alice Miles reviews Sarah Brown’s memoir and finds it ultimately to be a public relations exercise, Brendan Simms wonders whether David Cameron will pursue old-style Tory “pessimist realism” in Libya, Samira Shackle interviews Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA agent outed by the Bush administration during the Iraq war, and Martha Nussbaum argues that politeness is an essential element of free speech.

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All this, plus Kevin Maguire‘s Commons Confidential, Laurie Penny on Charlie Sheen’s problem with women, and John Pilger on the Kafkaesque justice system that awaits Julian Assange.