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What Cardinal Newman knew

In 1845 a middle-aged Oxford vicar, after a long period of agonising, decided to convert to Catholicism – to much shock and scandal. Last week, 174 years later, he was declared a saint. 

Another brick in the Wall

The division of Berlin created a cage designed to stop a population fleeing. It was a triumph of East German and Russian ingenuity – but it could not last.

Syria’s war without end

Donald Trump’s ignorance and Turkey’s onslaught against the Kurds have emboldened Islamic State and the murderous Assad regime – and strengthened Russia’s control over the blighted country.

Magazine

New Statesman magazine

Syria’s forever war

How Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds emboldened Isis and the murderous Assad regime, by Shiraz Maher

Plus Deborah Levy tries to relax in Hydra, Rowan Williams reflects on the canonised Cardinal Newman, and Lauren O’Neill on the golden age of Wags

What Cardinal Newman knew

In 1845 a middle-aged Oxford vicar, after a long period of agonising, decided to convert to Catholicism – to much shock and scandal. Last week, 174 years later, he was declared a saint. 

Politics

Culture

Media, Tech and Digital Culture

The myth of green cars

Cars have long dominated our cities and polluted our air. But are electric versions anything more than environmental window-dressing? 

World