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18 May 2022

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A spat between Christopher Hitchens and Michael Foot over Indira Gandhi’s state of emergency in India.

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Marina Ovsyannikova and others arrested for opposing the Putin regime.

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Colin McGinn on the philosophy of mind: “All machine and no ghost?”

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This article appears in the 18 May 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Putin vs Nato