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Terror on Trial. Legal proceedings against violent extremists are a crucial defense of our civilization, writes William Shawcross, whose father was a prosecutor at Nuremberg
EMINENT BOHEMIANS The spirit of the Bloomsbury Group is alive in a downtown Manhattan loft, where two modern families share one floor, thriving in a creative community of their own making.
- Popular Chinese newspaper columnist and social commentator Yao Bo, reacting to the news that the Chinese government had temporarily required the nation's top two micro-blogging services to disable commenting functions for their users in an attempt to curtail political discussion. "China 'No Comment' Rule Prompts Plenty of Online Chatter", April 2, 2012.
REFORMED BAD-GIRL ARTIST TRACEY EMIN: She built a blockbuster career on broken relationships and public outrage. Now, approaching 50 with a candid outlook on her life and work and a new $ 7.6 million studio, London's enfant terrible is all grown up. For the moment.