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    Richard Hoggart: A public intellectual for progress

    It is easy to pigeon-hole Richard Hoggart as an avant-garde radical eager to tear down the fabric of conventional society. But Hoggart was deeply opposed to the levelling creed of cultural relativism and had more about him than might appear

    by Tom Gallagher - 14 April 2014
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    Sicily: A terrible beauty

    Sicily is of course famous for the mafia, although these days it is less influential than the Neapolitan Camorra or the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. But the Cosa Nostra’s roots still extend deep into Sicilian life and there’s so much to do to bring normality to this beautiful corner of Europe

    by Tim Hedges - 14 April 2014
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    Arab and Israel narratives of "peace"

    An Egyptian political intellectual attempts an objective look at the way narratives of peace and war are used by Arabs and Israelis

    by Ahmed Abdel-Raheem  - 14 April 2014
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    Palestinians will make any excuse to avoid peace

    Secretary Kerry can surely understand that Abbas has been defying the Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995, and has been making any excuse to avoid the continuation of peace negotiations with the State of Israel

    by Michael Curtis - 13 April 2014
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    Europe cannot do without Putin's gas

    It will be another decade before the Continent can substitute the product of American fracking for Russian energy piped via Ukraine

    by Patrick Heren - 12 April 2014