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【LRB】Vol. 36 No. 8 Erdoğan and the Syrian Rebels

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Erdoğan and the Syrian Rebels

Seymour M. Hersh

The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who received the weapons were jihadists. More

What’s the point of HS2?

Christian Wolmar

The issue is whether the pain inflicted on the few is worth the gain for the many. The fate of the HS2 project should not and cannot be determined by angry locals. A national scheme now estimated to cost £50 billion is bound to be controversial. To counter the objections, the case for HS2 needs to be overwhelming. And it is not. More

Closed Material

Nicholas Phillips

There are practices in our jurisdiction far more radical than holding a hearing in private, for example when one party, almost inevitably the state, puts before the court evidence that is not merely concealed from the public, but from the other party. This is known as ‘closed material’. More

On Kate Bush

Ian Penman

A dream, just before waking. It’s a day or two after Kate Bush’s unexpected announcement of her return to the concert stage for a series of shows later this year. In my dream, Bush takes the form of a child’s tiny hardback book: solid, substantial, not too many pages. More


Also in this issue

At Kettle’s Yard

Eleanor Birne:
Ben and Winifred Nicholson

Short Cuts

David Motadel:
Short Cuts

At the Movies

Michael Wood:
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’


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Christopher Hilliard: Richard Hoggart
Keith Gessen: In Odessa
Poems by Frederick Seidel and Steve Ely

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