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    Bob Dylan: a conversation
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    Written by: David Hayes All articles by David Hayes

    Many celebrations of the great American musician Bob Dylan involve a personal journey through the archives of memory. Here, David Hayes recalls a thrilling series of concerts Dylan performed in 1981...and a late-night encounter. (This article was first published on 24 May 2011)

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    Bob Dylan: revolution in the head, revisited
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    Written by: David Hayes All articles by David Hayes

    The most influential and original musician of the 1960s generation remains a figure of protean creativity half a century on. The wealth of attention still devoted to Bob Dylan is testament to a career of astonishing range. It also reflects the complex legacy of a formative decade which Dylan’s songs and persona helped to define, says David Hayes. (This article was first published on 24 May 2011)

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    Anti-deportation campaigns: ‘What kind of country do you want this to be?’
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    Written by: Jennifer Allsopp All articles by Jennifer Allsopp

    A new musical, Glasgow Girls, showcases the power of anti-deportation campaigns as both an expression of human solidarity and an essential device for holding states to account. But their key role, argues Jennifer Allsopp, is to build support for an asylum system that upholds the rights of all.

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    Togo: a country of strangers?
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    Written by: Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso All articles by Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso

    Making peace in Togo is not a numbers game. Nor is it about searching to find out who was wrong in the past. As the next election approaches it is time to recreate our country’s history and invest in unity and peace, says Mawusse Domefaa  Atimasso.

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    Togo : un pays d’étrangers?
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    Written by: Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso All articles by Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso

    Pour établir la paix au Togo, il ne faut pas faire de bilan ni chercher à savoir qui a eu tort dans le passé. A l’approche des élections il convient de réécrire l’histoire de notre pays et d’investir dans l’unité et dans la paix, dit Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso.

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    In memoriam Valery Abramkin, Russia's prison reformer
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    Written by: Mary McAuley All articles by Mary McAuley
    Written by: Valery Abramkin All articles by Valery Abramkin

    Celebrated Russian activist Valery Abramkin has died aged 66. Here we republish extracts from a lecture delivered in 2006, which contains many fascinating insights into the rules of behaviour, hierarchies and relationships within Soviet and Russian prisons. (With a foreword by MaryMcAuley.) 

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    To live so as not to feel ashamed: remembering lawyer Yury Schmidt
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    Written by: Kristina Gorelik All articles by Kristina Gorelik

    Tributes are flooding in to the renowned Russian human rights lawyer Yury Schmidt, who has died aged 75. Schmidt devoted much of his career to defending critics of the Russian government and others accused of political crimes, from environmental whistleblowers to oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Kristina Gorelik celebrates his life.  

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    Stateless in Burma: Rohingya word wars
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    Written by: Amal de Chickera All articles by Amal de Chickera

    In order to understand how the ‘Rohingya crisis’ has come to pass we need to consider the narrative built by three groupings of international actors - the Burmese government, host countries for Rohingya who have fled and the international community at large.

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    Britain and the problem of living in the past
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    Written by: Gerry Hassan All articles by Gerry Hassan

    As Jubilee celebrations die down in the short period of calm before the Olympics, questions arise about what all this means, what Britain and Britishness is, and what the future might be for both.

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    A tableau for Václav Havel
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    Written by: Tjebbe van Tijen All articles by Tjebbe van Tijen

    Tjebbe van Tijen presents a montage of graffiti and photographs in honour of Václav Havel

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    People power and the new global ferment
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    Written by: Stellan Vinthagen All articles by Stellan Vinthagen

    People power does not lend itself to the geo-strategic interests of empires or warlords, since it is based on collective action and civic unity, as well as the refusal to comply with existing power-holders. Any movement that opts for civil resistance has to encompass and attempt to represent diverse social groups.

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    Charles de Gaulle remembered
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    Written by: Neal Ascherson All articles by Neal Ascherson

    A London radio broadcast on 18 June 1940 by an unknown French officer altered history’s course. It was also the first act in Charles de Gaulle’s extraordinary thirty-year role as national-political leader and embodiment of “a certain idea of France”. Neal Ascherson traverses a landscape of memory - from Greenock to Paris, Algiers to Warsaw - to recall his encounters with a colossus of French and European history.

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