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13 August 2014

In this week’s magazine | A century of meddling in the Middle East

A first look at this week's magazine.

By New Statesman


A century of meddling in the Middle East

George Eaton: the Conservatives’ lack of discipline is a symptom of their unresolved identity crisis

The NS essay: research shows that those who are slightly overweight live longer. Is it time to rethink our diets? Asks Julian Baggini

Glenda Jackson: “Britain is in danger of being governed by pensioners like me. I don’t think that’s the best way forward”


Cover story: a century of meddling in the Middle East . . . From Sykes-Picot to the rise of Isis
By John Bew

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Plus:

Leader: we have a responsibility to protect the Yazidis of Iraq
Matthew Barber: starving, traumatised and still unsafe – the yazidis in iraq
Bradford: the synagogue at the heart of an “Israel-free zone”
Technology: Lucy Fisher meets Labour’s latest election weapon – Matthew Mcgregor, digital campaigner
Noreena Hertz: irrationality is one of the chief human virtues

Also in this week’s issue:

George Monbiot argues it’s time to start “rewilding” Britain
Shrinking horizons: Lisa Appignanesi asks whether science can offer convincing new answers to mental illness
Yo Zushi explores Hollywood’s nightmare industry
Philip Hoare is uplifted by the story of a life saved by falconry
Stuart Maconie charts the history of that great German export, “Krautrock”
“Song” a new poem by the Forward Prize-winning poet Emily Berry

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