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The Irish Novel That’s So Good People Were Scared to Translate It

In 1948, the Irish-language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain received the kind of rejection letter a novelist might dream of getting. He had submitted his foul-mouthed first novel, “Cré na Cille” (“Churchyard Clay”), to his publisher, only to see it denied on the ground that it was too “Joycean.” This …

Post-feast, pour another glass of wine and savor some of 2015’s best long reads, published on the Guardian and elsewhere<p>You’ve made it: your belly is full, and you’re now sitting on the couch with a glass of scotch in hand.<p>You now have a few hours to kill, so here’s a list of incredible features …

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It’s Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This is the history we need to understand Paris, ISIS

<b>(Reuters/Brendan McDermid/AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>Krugman mocks idea that US imperialism’s at root of all evil. But scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>November 18, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Two remarks a few days apart lead straight to the question posed in this space after last …

Russia, the Internet and a new way to wage war?

<b>(CNN) —</b> According to a report in The New York Times this week, the presence of Russian spy ships near important trans-Atlantic data cables is causing consternation among American military and intelligence officials. What, if anything, are the Russians planning to do? Are they trying to see how …

<b>26 October 1925:</b> British intelligence chief claims fabricated diary was to be hidden on dead German soldier<p><i>Rumours abounded throughout the first world war that the German army operated ‘corpse factories’ – Kadaververwertungsanstalten – in which the bodies of their soldiers were rendered down for</i> …

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Russia's desperate Syria gambit actually shows how badly Putin is losing

Four Republican presidential candidates are on record supporting a US no-fly zone over Syria to protect anti-Assad "rebels" from Russia's air campaign in support of Assad's government, Hezbollah and Iran. This view is shared by former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary …

'A hostage of his entourage': Putin's rule may not be as secure as it seems

The Russian leader has never appeared more confident and his grip on power never more secure.<p>In the past two years he has outmaneuvered the West in Crimea, eastern Ukraine, and Syria. Western sanctions have apparently failed to blunt his ambition.<p>But some of Putin's former allies, those who have …

French bakers fined for working too much and vent fury at 'criminal record for baking bread'

Four bakers fined €500 (£368) for failing to shut up shop once a week - a ruling they say will force them to lay off staff<p>Four French bakers have been found guilty of working too much and hit with fines after sparking national debate over their desire to stay open seven days a week.<p>A court in Dax, …

The world 'largely likes' the US, says global survey

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1175000/1175796_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524670808_94e308edae12f53ffb3beae6e19f3e63<p><b>A global survey of 40 countries by the Pew Research Center finds that large numbers of people have a favourable opinion of the United States, its</b> …