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McEwan Criticises “Nihilism” of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
About a month ago we reported on Ian McEwan’s win of the Jerusalem Prize. McEwan’s acceptance of the prize led him to be accused of tacitly condoning some of the more controversial aspects of the Israeli government’s policy in relation to Palestinians and the occupied territories. McEwan himself defended the decision to accept the prize. The prestige of the Jerusalem Prize overshadows its modest…
Public Bookshelves Proving Popular in Germany
Germans are embracing the creation of “public bookshelves”. Deutsche Welle has reported on one such scheme in Cologne where volunteer-run structures the size of a small kiosk are stacked with books of all kinds. There are three in place and 24 more in the works. The public bookshelf runs on an exchange basis and is reported to be proving popular - popular enough, in…
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