Daily Archive: October 6, 2017

Oct
06

The 20 photographs of the week

The Las Vegas shooting, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the Catalonia referendum and the Iraqi advance against Islamic State – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Oct
06

Dinner at the Centre of the Earth by Nathan Englander review – the trauma of conflict

A spy story that cuts between time and place brings home the devastating psychological impact of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle

Where this book so resonantly succeeds is as a meditation on the many traumas of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – slap bang, as Nathan Englander reminds us, in the geographical centre of the standard map of the Earth.

This is Englander’s second novel, but his reputation was made by his first two collections of short stories. The epigraph he has chosen is from Julian Barnes’s The Sense of An Ending and his writing has much in common with Barnes’s fine literary intelligence: a well-tempered intellectual and artistic pleasure, replete with collusive wit and playfulness. But his theme and subject here could not be less Barnesian – the psychological impact on the individual of the atrocities and failed peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians; how to live, in other words, within the grim cycle of reprisal.

Related: In conversation: Nathan Englander and Jonathan Safran Foer

Now I’m sounding as if I didn’t like the novel. But I really did. There were passages of great humanity and wisdom

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Oct
06

Tokyo Governor Koike leaves door open for ruling party PM post election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike does not expect her new conservative party to pick a candidate for prime minister during the campaign for the Oct. 22 election, leaving the door open to eventually backing a lawmaker from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party.

Oct
06

Rohingya insurgents open to peace but Myanmar ceasefire ending

YANGON (Reuters) – Muslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery of aid in violence-racked Rakhine State is about to end.

Oct
06

North Korea preparing long-range missile test: RIA cites Russian lawmaker

MOSCOW (Reuters) – North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday.

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