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Previews: The Guardian Weekly – February 3, 2023

The Guardian Weekly (February 3, 2023) – In the trenches of eastern Ukraine, much of the conflict with Russia has been frozen for several months now. But, as the northern winter moves on, that could be about to change. The initial invasion has been followed by a period of attrition, and a third phase of the war now appears imminent.

Military activity along parts of the front is increasing and it is assumed that, sooner or later, one side will try to break the deadlock. The question, as Julian Borger writes this week for the Guardian Weekly magazine’s big story, is who will strike first and where?

As Julian explains, it is likely to be “an all-out battle for decisive advantage using combined arms … to overcome fixed positions. Europe has witnessed nothing of its sort since the second world war.”

That’s not to say there aren’t signs of anxiety among Ukraine’s regional allies, though. Germany’s decision last week to send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine may yet prove critical in the coming battle, but as German journalist Jan-Philipp Hein points out, Berlin’s military support for Kyiv remains far from wholehearted.

In the UK, the sacking of Nadhim Zahawi as Tory chairman over an undeclared tax dispute while he was the chancellor (and thus in charge of tax collection) kept the pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak, political editor Pippa Crerar reports; while in Opinion, Nesrine Malik says the episode reveals much about Britain’s networks of power and influence.

Research Preview: Science Magazine- February 3, 2023


Science Magazine – February 3, 2023 issue:

Neanderthals lived in groups big enough to eat giant elephants

Meat from the butchered beasts would have fed hundreds

The Pāhala swarm of earthquakes in Hawai‘i

A magma network may feed into different volcanoes, including Mauna Loa and Kīlauea

Arid lands, imperial ambitions

Desert knowledge exchange cloaked imperial goals, argues a political geographer

The New York Review Of Books – February 23, 2023

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The New York Review of Books February 23, 2023 issue:

Buildings Come to Life

In Edward Hopper’s paintings of New York, human figures often seem outgrowths of their architectural surroundings.

Edward Hopper’s New York an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, October 19, 2022–March 5, 2023

Brazil at the Crossroads

Lula’s election comes as a relief to many Brazilians, but in this historically violent and unequal country, a void in the democratic field endures.

Very Free and Indirect

The intensity of experience that Katherine Mansfield sought in her short life is matched by the formal obliqueness she discovered in her stories.

All Sorts of Lives: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of Risking Everything by Claire Harman

Research: New Scientist Magazine- February 4, 2023

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New Scientist – February 4, 2023 issue:

How to tell if your immune system is weak or strong

New blood tests can reveal whether your immune system is fighting fit by looking at the balance of different immune cells, but there may be a simpler way of gauging your immune health

Inside the complex and extremely violent world of warring mongooses

Banded mongooses have long been used as a model of animal cooperation. Now, researchers in Uganda are starting to get to grips with the harsh realities of their long-running and bloody battles

How genetically engineered immune cells are beating some cancers

In some cases, it is now possible to genetically engineer the immune system to banish cancers like T-cell leukaemia that were previously unresponsive to treatments

Research Preview: Nature Magazine- February 2, 2023

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nature magazine – February 2, 2023:

How your brain stays on task when sizing someone up

Two brain regions help humans to filter out irrelevant information and concentrate on the right stuff in social situations.

Unspoilt forests fall to feed the global supply chain

Export of minerals, wood and energy drives a surprisingly high fraction of deforestation.

Underwater volcano near Greece is a sleeping menace

Magma chamber is discovered beneath Kolumbo volcano, near the Greek island of Santorini.

Lifestyle: Country Life Magazine- February 1, 2023

Country Life Magazine – February 1, 2023 –

Travel — Let Country Life guide you along the paths less travelled

The snapshot

Giardino dell’Iris, Florence, Italy

Keeping up with the dames

Jo Rodgers feels right at home in glamorous Paris, and we pick our favourite European hotels

Sleep like a champion

Here’s where to bed down after watching the Olympics in 2024

The magnificent seven

Seven spectacular islands—from Menorca to Manhattan

The Atlantic’s green lung

Rosalyn Wikeley gets away from it all in the ‘Hawaii of Europe’

Culture: France-Amérique Magazine – February 2023

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France-Amérique – February 2023 Issue:

W.E.B. DU BOIS IN PARIS – An Exhibition against Racist Clichés

In 1900, the prominent sociologist worked with the Paris Exposition Universelle to showcase the newfound freedom and rapid progress of Black Americans. But Belle Epoque France was more interested in colonial expansion than social emancipation – which is the focus of an exhibition currently on display at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City.

FRENCH FOUNDERS – A Revolutionary Entrepreneur Network

Founded in New York City in 2014 by two expats, FrenchFounders drew its inspiration from the start-up model and is now shaking up communities of entrepreneurs living abroad. This new approach has since won over more than 4,000 members across the world.

L’AMOUR À LA FRANÇAISE vs. American Romance

Do we seduce each other in the same ways on both sides of the Atlantic? Are Americans prudish? Are the French more unfaithful? And how easy is it to be in a binational relationship? For Valentine’s Day, these questions are all answered by Bérénice Boursier-Baudouin, a Florida-based French psychotherapist.

Table of contents

  • FROM THE NEWSDESK – Bis Repetita: Another Attempt at Pension Reform in France. By Anthony Bulger
  • COME ON OUT – French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
  • EDITORIAL – Woke, a Fashionable Dance. By Guy Sorman
  • INTERVIEW – Olivier Zunz: “Tocqueville Believed That Democracy Is a Constant Struggle.” By Guy Sorman
  • THE OBSERVER – Celebrating 60 Years of the Barbie Doll in France. By Anthony Bulger

Books: TLS/Times Literary Supplement – Feb 3, 2023


This week’s @TheTLS , featuring Ferdinand Mount on fair play; @ScurrRuth on Janet Malcolm; @sophieolive on Mina Loy; @mjohnharrison on László Krasznahorkai; @pratinavanil on Nehru; @jamesamarcus on Melville and Mumford; @eliza_dearnley on pagan goddesses – and more.

Previews: The Atlantic Magazine – March 2023


The Atlantic Magazine – March 2023 issue:

We’ve Lost the Plot

Illustration: small abstract human figure stands in between rows of huge glowing smartphone screens

Our constant need for entertainment has blurred the line between fiction and reality—on television, in American politics, and in our everyday lives.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Alleged Crimes Have Real Victims

What FTX customers lost may not impoverish them, but they were still cheated.


What to do about the deadly misfits among us? First, recognize the problem.