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February 26, 2009

March Issue of Standpoint, the Social Affairs Unit's new cultural and political monthly - Out Now

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

The March issue of Standpoint - the Social Affairs Unit's new cultural and political monthly - is out now.

AFRICA
Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid, talks to Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society, about the problem of aid dependency and Africa's future.

Ellen Alpsten celebrates Kenya's emerging middle class, a model for the whole continent.

HISTORY
Michael Weiss investigates the charges levelled at Milan Kundera

Adam Zamoyski on Poland's history and unlikely ascent from failed state to European success story.

Simon Scott Plummer visits Treblinka II, the Wolf's Lair, and other scars the 20th century has left on Central Europe’s landscape.

FILM
Frederic Raphael explains why The Reader (film and book) is both artistically and morally worthless.

Former US Assistant Secretary of Defence James Shinn reports from the Sundance Film Festival on a new Afghan documentary.

Jonathan Foreman, Standpoint's Writer-At-Large visits the Mumbai slums to assess Slumdog Millionaire.

Peter Whittle reviews Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.

SUICIDE
Robin Aitken considers the fact that suicide rates are steadily increasing in the modern world, even as quality of life improves.

Novelist Björn Kern writes about his time working in a hospice and the subject of euthanasia.

Plus
Islamist think-tanks; Douglas Murray on Geert Wilders; Standpoint's
Mole in the House of Lords; George Walden on anti-Americanism; Kenneth Minogue on politicised compassion; Kathryn Hughes on credit crunch cosmetics; Nick Cohen on Bruce Parry and narcissistic documentaries; Noel Malcolm on Roger Scruton; Overrated: Samantha Power


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