May 11th Issue

Our Man In London?

Sadiq Khan’s herculean challenge is to unite a capital riven apart by bigotry By Sunny Hundal For a site that has served as a historical symbol of christian influence for over a thousand years, Southwark Cathedral in central London took on a new meaning this week. Standing next to a large table where Bishops offer sermons and couples sometimes exchange their marriage vows, a slight 5-foot 4-inch tall Asian man began a different kind of a speech. “My name is Sadiq Khan and I’m the Mayor of London,” he opened, to an instant roar of approval and applause. A new mayor usually does their signing-in ceremony at City Hall, less than a mile away, but Khan understood the gravity of what had just happened. He is arguably now the most powerful Labour politician in the country, with executive power and a huge budget, representing one of the most multicultural cities in the world. But the first Muslim mayor of a major west (Read More)

Inside Cover

Mass Consumption

Padma Lakshmi’s revealing memoir shows that she has both bark and bite By Iva Dixit In the years before Padma…

Features

Gaza: No Concrete Moves

Gaza is in desperate need of homes, schools and hospitals but how will they be built if Israel continues to…

A Nation Of Their Own

Syria’s Kurds push for an autonomous province to govern BY Mohammed A. Salih When in the summer of 2012, the…

Dirty Border Games

Israel clings to Syria’s Golan Heights in a bid to claim vital resources BY Nour Samaha In mid-April, Israeli Prime…

Down Time

Russia: Razz Putin

Political satire is thriving in Russia because many Russians aren’t BY Marc Bennetts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual “direct line”…