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Monday, July 03, 2006


With the announcement of imminent talks between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) a violent and unpredictable organisation responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in East-Central Africa in recent years, hopes are high that the African state will also soon enter discussions with the London Review of Books (LRB), a journal of leftist opinion marked by frequent contributions from Terry Eagleton, Tom Paulin and Patrick Cockburn. Relations between Uganda and the LRB have been described as 'fraught', with the state of newsagent distribution in the region a perennial sticking point.

It is unclear whether the LRA's new-found diplomatic ties with the Ugandan government will trump its long-standing alphabetic allegiance to the London fortnightly review, with a 10,000 word article by Slavoj Žižek on the subject due to appear in the next issue described by sources close to the Ugandans as 'unhelpful'.

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