Imagine if the Nazi regime was still in power – perhaps with the leadership changed, perhaps slightly less murderous and more pragmatic – but with no reconciliation or recognition of former crimes. Imagine if the Holocaust was celebrated, with aging veterans of Auschwitz wheeled out for public adulation, to show their medals and tell stories Read more…

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Yesterday, as you probably know, a girl punk band called Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for singing a protest song in Moscow’s cathedral. Later that day, another Moscow beauty staged her own protest. Putin has, literally, lost his cool, and Russians have apparently lost their fear. The words and video are Read more…

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I’ve just finished watching Lonesome Dove, the TV mini-series, which must rank as one of the best dramas ever to be on television. It’s tone is highly elegiac – there is a sense of these great heroes, these former Texas rangers, in the twilight of their years, going off on one last adventure, in which Read more…

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