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    A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasureWhat to read next: Notes on sounds and tones | A marriage of Brahms and Wagner | Enchanted garden of song | The heights of Joseph Haydn ▶️ Read more ◀️

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    The censorious culture of the liberal Left is hostile to freedom of expression. The fate of the trans-rights movement evinces this pointless politics What to read next: Where the Far-Left Joins the Far-Right | How the Left Turned Against the Jews | Extremism gives us little reaso ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The tumult in Kiev 15 years ago seemed a victory for progress and idealism—but the Orange Revolution marked the furthest point of democracy’s advanceWhat to read next: Cut Foreign Aid — And Make Poverty History | Labour plays the blues | Kurdistan—a beacon of hope | Clouds of war ▶️ Read more ◀️

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