They gave British playwright Harold Pinter the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, and the committee that awarded it made particular note of his lifelong opposition to "oppression." So Pinter, 75 and ailing, sent his acceptance speech to Stockholm by pre-taped video link, and at its heart, as everybody expected, was yet another anti-American rant.It was probably Pinter's last public attack on the United States, and it was to be savoured, in a perverse sort of way, because such performances, a staple of global political theatre for the past 50 years, are coming to an end. They were fuelled...
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