Tracy Martin

Real detectives?

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The format of the TV police procedural has always been a good vehicle for writers to express criticism of society. Its basic principle is that agents of the state, usually cynical and damaged detectives, are the only ones capable of getting at "the truth", but only if they challenge the system, and its many interests, in pursuit of it.

A New Left is Emerging

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On a recent visit to Beirut I had the opportunity to see for myself the last 10 days of the sit-in reported in last month's issue (May SR) and speak to some of the activists involved in the protests.

This was at a critical moment as it looked like the intifada was being squeezed on all sides, and the need to both explain this and take things forward was urgent. The left in Lebanon looks and sounds like the left anywhere else at the moment. It is young, active, full of confidence and very open to discussion and ideas. The success of the globalisation conference in Beirut nine months ago meant that a delegation was sent to Porto Alegre, and they are hoping to send people to the European Social Forum.

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