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June 19, 2017 issue
Early on Wednesday morning, June 14, a fire swept through a central London residential tower, leaving behind, as one commentator has noted, the “horror of poor people burned alive within feet of the country’s grandest mansions, many of them empty, moth-balled investments.” Years of budget cuts and deregulation, we would soon learn, made the horror of Grenfell Tower almost inevitable. Grenfell has now become the latest, saddest symbol of our deeply unequal international order. More on that order — and the all-important struggle to remake it — in this week’s issue.