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Roberts journeys through the region, past “caves hollowed out like honeycombs”, through snow drifts that “creak” around her thighs. @ellen_cph  on The Lost Pianos of Siberia.

“As this book is about recognising the flaws of feminists past, I feel free to admit my own”: @jessphillips  reviews @helenlewis ’s new book, Difficult Women.

“Another panel was stolen one night in 1934 when thieves broke into the cathedral. A witness, coincidentally busy robbing a nearby cheese shop, saw two men carrying it off under a sheet.” Michael Prodger on the many thefts of Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece.

Stolen, sequestered, survived: the miraculous story of a masterwork.

In her richly observed cultural history, Roberts tracks down the stories behind Siberia’s most socially significant pianos.

The story of the fight for gender quality is littered with unlikeable feminists. But do we need to like them to recognise their role In history?

In 1979 the forces that have left the Islamic world in chaos were unleashed – but it didn’t have to be that way then, or now.


Young pro-democracy activists are risking their lives to square up to an opaque authoritarian regime that censors, imprisons and oppresses millions. Yet the British left is nowhere to be seen, writes @sloweyres .

Beijing must wake up to the fact that democracy is not a threat but a safety valve, writes John Bercow.

“It isn’t wrong to describe this septet of collectables as a boy band, but that label is far from the whole story.” @david_mitchell  explains the rise and rise of K-pop band BTS.

“Seven young South Korean men appear onstage, their images flashing up on to the giant stageside screens”. @david_mitchell  explains the rise and rise of BTS.

As the French police become the only European force to shower tourists, climate activists and protesters with tear gas, the country's reputation for respecting human rights is being undermined, writes @PaulineBock 

Huawei’s work building surveillance systems for authoritarian leaders in the developing world is going unchecked:

At the forefront of the pro-democracy protests against Hong Kong’s government – and China – are the “frontliners” engaged in an increasingly violent struggle with a repressive state. @erinhale  meets the youngsters on the frontline.

“No other journalist in the world has asked these questions”: The interview Nigel Farage won’t want you to read

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Has there ever been a cabinet more full of people who, quite obviously, shouldn’t be there? asks @JonnElledge