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Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism

newstatesman.com — Small victory: Iraqi Shia militia celebrate their destruction of Isis-owned vehicles outside Tikrit, northern Iraq. Photo: Reuters As the so-called Islamic State demolishes nation states set up by the Europeans almost a century ago, IS's obscene savagery seems to epitomise the violence that many believe to be inherent in religion in general and Islam in particular.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @SajadJiyad: Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism newstatesman.com/world-affairs/… - excellent pic.twitter.com/VHQ5ZnpKIL

Nov 27, 2014

RT @SajadJiyad: Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported main source of global terror bit.ly/1uYDJDz exc bit.ly/1uYDGYa

Nov 27, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism. A #longread by Karen Armstrong newstatesman.com/world-affairs/…

Rachel Reeves interview: A Miliband loyalist fights back

newstatesman.com — It is often said of Ed Miliband by friends and foes that he lacks "outriders". At moments of weakness he seems short of the die-in-a-ditch allies who sustained Tony Blair and Gordon Brown at their lowest points. Rachel Reeves is one of the small band of shadow cabinet members who can be relied on to defend him at every turn.
Nov 27, 2014

A Miliband loyalist fights back - my interview with Rachel Reeves bit.ly/1xVKGWF

Missing presents and parcels in bins: why are private delivery firms so terrible?

newstatesman.com — Last summer, a friend living in Palestine wanted to send us a wedding present. She placed an order on a florist's website, the florist gave the flowers to a private delivery firm, the delivery firm gave them to a driver, and the driver got them as far as our front door.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Missing presents and parcels in bins: why are private delivery firms so terrible? By @JonnElledge newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

Rock doc: surgeon and writer Atul Gawande on old age and dying

newstatesman.com — Choosing a soundtrack for the operating theatre is not easy. "It has to be the kind of music that the nurses and the other doctors go along with," the American surgeon Atul Gawande explains. "Country tends to be out, and most hip-hop, too." He usually goes for indie.
Nov 27, 2014

I spoke to surgeon @Atul_Gawande about old age, the limits of medicine, & listening to indie in the operating theatre newstatesman.com/health/2014/11…

Flatcap handbags, folding wellies, and Derek: The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 8

newstatesman.com — WARNING: This blog is for people watching The Apprentice. Contains spoilers! It's taken eight whole smog-addled weeks for the candidates to be hoisted out of the urban sprawl and onto virgin countryside terrain, but we got there eventually.
Nov 27, 2014

“I called the guy Derek twice instead of Anthony": catch up on last night's "rural" #TheApprentice episode on my blog bit.ly/1FuMaaT

Miliband has made his defining choice: he is determined to fight the election on his own terms

newstatesman.com — At the start of this month, endur­ing the worst period of his leadership, Ed Miliband faced a defining choice. He could seek to appease his critics, those who denounce him as "anti-business" and charge him with pursuing an unambitious "35 per cent strategy", or he could stand his ground.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @georgeeaton: How Miliband got his mojo back - my column from this week's NS: bit.ly/1xU05XI

Nov 27, 2014

How Miliband got his mojo back - my column from this week's NS: bit.ly/1xU05XI

Nov 26, 2014

How Miliband got his mojo back - my column from tomorrow's New Statesman bit.ly/1xU05XI

“Actually” is the most futile, overused word on the internet

newstatesman.com — This article first appeared on newrepublic.com For a 2000 paper titled " Actually and other markers of an apparent discrepancy between propositional attitudes of conversational partners," linguists Sara Smith and Andreas Jucker studied the conversational use of the word actually among friends and strangers at the University of California Long Beach.
Nov 26, 2014

!! My 12 yo nephew MT @pomeranian99: Rising use of "actually" newstatesman.com/culture/2014/0… Occurs more often in younger speakers, interestingly.

Nov 26, 2014

A good piece on the rising use of "actually": newstatesman.com/culture/2014/0… Occurs more often in younger speakers, interestingly.

Even rich parents don’t benefit from charitable status for schools

newstatesman.com — Most private schools, as any fule kno, are charities. This probably made sense back in the 1400s, when Eton and Harrow genuinely existed to educate poor local boys, but it seems a bit of an anachronism now they're basically a machine for turning rich kids into Cabinet ministers.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Running schools as charities has simply insulated them from the consequences of their own financial incontinence newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

Nov 26, 2014

"The only people who benefit from charitable status are incompetent heads who’ve never learnt to use Excel" newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

Nov 26, 2014

"The only people who benefit from charitable status are incompetent heads who’ve never learnt to use Excel" newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

Nov 26, 2014

The people who've suffered most from private schools' charitable status might be, er, private school parents newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Even rich parents don’t benefit from charitable status for private schools, says @JonnElledge newstatesman.com/jonn-elledge/2…

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Rachel Reeves: Tory MPs apologised to me over "incredibly rude" Duncan Smith

newstatesman.com — Relations between Rachel Reeves and Iain Duncan Smith recently reached a new low when the Work and Pensions Secretary refused to apologise for accusing his shadow of not bothering to turn up for a vote. Reeves said: "The Secretary of State criticised me for not turning up to vote on an Opposition day motion last week.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Rachel Reeves: Tory MPs apologised to me over "incredibly rude" Duncan Smith, from @georgeeaton bit.ly/1vNFuVs

Nov 26, 2014

Rachel Reeves really goes for IDS when interviewed by @georgeeaton - says Tory MPs apologised to her on his behalf newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 26, 2014

Rachel Reeves: Tory MPs apologised to me over "incredibly rude" Duncan Smith bit.ly/1vNFuVs

PMQs review: Miliband bangs on about the NHS

newstatesman.com — For the third time in recent weeks, Ed Miliband went on the NHS at today's PMQs. Labour is determined to keep its strongest issue at the top of the agenda. Assailed by Miliband over rising A&E waiting times and the growing funding crisis, Cameron delivered his stock response: the coalition has invested more money in the NHS and "you only get a strong health service with a strong economy."
Nov 26, 2014

RT @georgeeaton: More from #PMQs: Damian McBride not impressed with Cameron's joke about fellow former Brown staffer Justin Forsyth: bit.ly/1xFfyXJ

Nov 26, 2014

More from #PMQs: Damian McBride not impressed with Cameron's joke about fellow former Brown staffer Justin Forsyth: bit.ly/1xFfyXJ

Nov 26, 2014

My #PMQs review: Miliband sticks to Labour's strongest suit as he bangs on about the NHS: bit.ly/1xFfyXJ

The quest for completion: on Bob Dylan and the Basement Tapes

newstatesman.com — Bob Dylan in London in 1966. Photo: Express Newspapers/Getty In 1987 I had just started working at NME. A collection of Byrds outtakes called Never Before came out. It was horrible. David Crosby had apparently got hold of the master tapes, pushed his voice way up in the mix, and - worse yet - added clattery Eighties drums to the recordings.

New Statesman cover | Rise of the insurgents

newstatesman.com — A first look at this week's cover.

Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper deserves its place

newstatesman.com — Something highly unusual happened this week in Scotland - a new daily newspaper was launched on an unsuspecting public. Avowedly pro-independence, The National hit the streets on Monday and sold out in a matter of hours; soon prompting complaints that it was as tough to track down as the proverbial hens teeth.

How Eleanor Marx changed the world

newstatesman.com — The Marx family - Karl, his wife Jenny and daughters Laura and Eleanor - with Friedrich Engels. Image: WikiCommons Eleanor Marx changed the world and in so-doing revolutionised herself. Internationalist, socialist, feminist, trade unionist - I'm compelled to write about a great British historical hero because she's so relevant.
Nov 26, 2014

"If Marx and Engels were the theory, Eleanor was the practice" @Tussymarx (pre @camlitfest) on Karl Marx's daughter newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

We think Jesus would do what we would do

newstatesman.com — What would Jesus do? YouGov have polled the public. He would want open borders and to renationalise the railways, but be undecided about gay marriage and oppose the death penalty. But many of us are unsure. At least a third of voters - and sometimes more than half - can't muster an answer to these hypotheticals.
Nov 26, 2014

Who are the 6% of Lib Dems who think Jesus would want tighter border controls?newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Cricketers mostly ignore risk - but sometimes, as Phil Hughes found, it comes looking for you

newstatesman.com — The Australian cricketer Philip Hughes was batting himself into contention to be selected for next month's Test match between India and Australia. At 63 not out and batting nicely, he attempted a hook shot against the fast-medium bowler Sean Abbott and suffered a terrible blow to his head, below and behind his ear.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Cricketers mostly ignore risk – but sometimes, as Phil Hughes found, it comes looking for you. By @edsmithwriter newstatesman.com/sport/2014/11/…

What hubris makes us think we can imprison a 22ft killing machine?

newstatesman.com — Be careful if you watch Blackfish, a 2013 documentary that tells the story of orcas in captivity, framed around the experiences of a 33-year-old male called Tilikum. By the end, you'll want to stop people in the street to warn them not to visit marine amusement parks.
Nov 26, 2014

I watched Blackfish. What hubris makes us think we can imprison a 22ft killing machine & make it jump for balloons? newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Martin Rees: The world in 2050 and beyond

newstatesman.com — I'll start with a flashback to 1902. In that year the young H G Wells gave a celebrated lecture at the Royal Institution in London. He spoke mainly in visionary mode. "Humanity," he proclaimed, "has come some way, and the distance we have travelled gives us some earnest of the way we have to go.

Being pregnant wasn’t going to stop me going to college. I sought the wisdom of antenatal classes

newstatesman.com — Somewhat naively, I thought antenatal classes would teach me how to look after a baby. Off I trotted to Stockwell, seeking some sort of finite information. I knew where babies came from. I really did not want to think too much about how they came out. The midwife, though, had other ideas.