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Back in the long, long ago, I went off to graduate school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This was a jarring experience for me, both culturally (as a northerner born and bred) and climactically. I come from the high desert, where it doesn’t rain very much and most people can’t even spell humidity. (More…)

Friedrich Kellner was born in Vaihingen an der Enz, in the German state of Württemburg in 1885, in the house of his father, a baker. At the age of 4, he relocated with his family to Mainz. (More…)

It is now nearly a decade since the death of Tony Judt. Judt’s work continues to present challenges, not least to those on the political left, of which he was a precise and unsparing (and occasionally irascible) critic. (More…)

As anti-fascist activists organising against a far-right mobilisation in Portland, Oregon made headlines, journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald took to Twitter. (More…)

Before Fascism, no anti-Semitic parties or organisations existed in Italy. (More…)

The putative threat of the return of full-blown mid-20th-century fascism functions like a bad penny in the intellectual economy of modern Europe and North America. (More…)

At one point in 1943, British Home Secretary Herbert Morrison claimed that conceding self-government to the colonies would be the equivalent of giving a child of ten “a latch key, a bank account, and a shotgun.” (More…)

A Jewish army unconnected with Palestine is no concern of the Arabs in Palestine or of the Arab States. But will the Zionists be content with a Jewish army divorced from the Jewish National Home or Zion (Palestine)? (More…)

George Takei is one of the more remarkable figures in American public life. He owes his fame to his long-running role as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek universe. (More…)

In the 1990s, the now global triumph of the market economy was proclaimed – to the point that some of its apologists no longer even thought it necessary to use euphemisms defying the word “capitalism”. (More…)

Iran’s geopolitical position justifies its significance, even without the importance of oil. Iran sits at the conjunction of the Asian and Arab world and is athwart vital petroleum trade routes. (More…)

Poland is a country in where no one really knows how much the dollar is worth. (More…)