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on Sep 18, 2014 - 08:43 AM ET
"No" campaign rally

On the train north to Edinburgh, two songs kept running through my head. The first was “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell’s breakup ballad with its wry warning: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” In the past two weeks the British have finally, belatedly, realized that when they wake up tomorrow morning the “Great” in the country’s name may...

Regions and Countries, Society
on Mar 14, 2014 - 18:49 PM ET
Tony Benn

Although Tony Benn, the British politician who died earlier today, said a lot of things worth remembering, my personal favorite is his list of questions we should ask anyone in authority: “What power do you have?; Where did you get it?; In whose interests do you exercise it?; To whom are you accountable; and, How can we get rid of you?”

During the six...

Lived History
on Dec 2, 2013 - 10:10 AM ET
André Schiffrin

Imagine a world without the works of Noam Chomsky, Marguerite Duras, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michel Foucault, Edward Said or Studs Terkel. Then you will have some sense of the impact on the intellectual life of our time of André Schiffrin, who has just died at the age of 78. As editor in chief of Pantheon Books he published all those writers, just a small portion of a very long list that also included Julia Cortázar, Simone de Beauvoir, R.D. Laing, Gunnar Myrdal...

Lived History
on Oct 3, 2013 - 10:58 AM ET


Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband. (Reuters/UK Parliament via Reuters TV)

London—On the weekend before the Conservative Party conference, on a day when the Tory press would normally beat the drums for the latest tax cut for the rich or a new scheme to punish...

Politics
on Aug 30, 2013 - 08:12 AM ET


Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband is seen addressing the House of Commons in this still image taken from video in London August 29, 2013. (REUTERS/UK Parliament via Reuters TV)

LondonSo it turns out someone was paying attention after all....

War and Peace, Politics, World
on Jul 5, 2013 - 11:06 AM ET

London—So it turns out that when Rupert Murdoch told MPs here looking into the phone hacking scandal that it was “the most humble day of my life,” he didn’t really mean it. Had his fingers crossed behind his back. If the revelation that the man behind Fox News...