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THE WEEK is a weekly current affairs magazine founded in the United Kingdom by Jolyon Connell in 1995. In April 2001, THE WEEK launched in the United States and in October 2008, an Australian edition was also launched. Dennis Publishing publishes all editions.

The magazines provide a digest of the week's news and editorial commentary from global media in order to provide readers with multiple political viewpoints. In addition to news and opinion, THE WEEK also covers science, business and the arts.

In September 2007, THE WEEK’s U.S. edition launched a daily website. While the daily website carries the mission of print magazine to the Web, the website also publishes original commentary from writers including David Frum, Robert Shrum, Will Wilkinson, and Brad Delong.

Defunct magazines known as The Week

The Week has been the title of two other weekly news magazines founded in the United Kingdom and a seminal literary magazine in Canada. These are not connected in any way with the currently published magazine.

The Week (1883-1896) was "Canada's leading political and literary periodical." [1] Prominent contributors included poet Charles G.D. Roberts, journalist and novelist Sara Jeannette Duncan, and political critic and intellectual Goldwin Smith.

Marxist journalist Claud Cockburn launched the first British publication known as The Week as a newsletter in the spring of 1933, after he had returned from reporting on Germany. It focused on the rise of fascism, in a style that anticipated Private Eye and won a wide readership, according to Cockburn's son.[2] Jessica Mitford attributed the journal's influence to its use of undercover sources.[3] It ceased publication in 1941.[4]

Ken Coates and Pat Jordan refounded The Week some time before 1965[1]. They were Marxist members of the British Labour Party connected to the New Left Review, to which Claud Cockburn occasionally contributed. Their version of The Week provided a socialist critique of Harold Wilson's government, notably over its failure to oppose the Vietnam War. Jordan edited the paper until 1968, when he cooperated with Tariq Ali in launching The Black Dwarf. At that time The Week became a monthly magazine called International, which was published by the International Marxist Group.


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