January - February 2021 issue
What is the future of liberalism? Timothy Garton Ash outlines the threats to liberal democracy and how it can renew itself in a post-Trump age. Lionel Barber presents an authoritative institutional portrait of the Treasury and Cal Flyn makes the case ...
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The future of liberalism
Faced with creeping authoritarianism, liberals need to craft a new agenda—learning from their serious mistakes, and shaking shibboleths of both right and left
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What you need to know about the coronavirus vaccine
Can you really trust a miracle product cooked up with such speed? Philip Ball explains why you should
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Should journalists stop relying so much on anonymous sources?
Eroding trust in traditional news, or essential to landing public interest stories? Two contributors discuss where to draw the line on unnamed voices
The start of it all: an anti-government demonstration in Tunis on 18th January 2011, a few days after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile  following 23 years of tyrannical rule. © Samuel Aranda, Panos images
What happened to the Arab Spring?
A decade ago, a fruit-seller in Tunisia set himself alight, and before long dictators were falling like dominoes. Only in the place where it all began has a new democracy endured—but so have many of the problems it was meant to fix
Comrades: from left to right, MP Antonio  Villalobos, Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, Jean van Heijenoort and Colonel José Escudero Andrade in 1937
He was Trotsky’s sidekick and Kahlo’s lover—Jean van Heijenoort is one of the strangest philosophers you’ve never heard of
Until his sticky end in Mexico City, “Comrade Van” lived a chaotic and colourful life—one that contrasts with the orderly logical theories with which his name is still linked
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