25 November

'Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.'

November 25, 2009 · 1 min read

This was John Lennon’s letter to the queen on 25 November 1969, when he returned the MBE he’d been awarded in 1966. The medal was rediscovered 25 years after his death in a vault at Buckingham Palace.


The global spectres of ‘Asian horror’

Bliss Cua Lim looks at how the female ghost subgenre illuminates efforts to globalise ‘Asian horror’

Rudolf Rocker: an anarchist ‘rabbi’ in London

David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history

Review – Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain by Phil Burton-Cartledge

Sabrina Huck argues that a generational shift away from the Conservative Party can’t be taken for granted


The driver of dispossession

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Review – Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine's collection perfectly illustrates the power of frank conversations with white people on race and racism, writes Kimberly McIntosh

Resisting India’s structural limits on suffrage

Voter suppression and systematic exclusion cast a pall over the world's biggest 'democracy', writes Kavita Krishnan

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