Politics
20 August 2009
Fatah's sixth congress, the first to be held in Palestine, was also the party's first conference for 20 years. But as...
International Politics
25 October 2007
Despite living in Bethlehem, I miss Condoleezza Rice's visit to the city. She turns up early, so that is one excuse,...
Books
13 September 2007
The more I read the works of V S Naipaul, the less I understand the man behind them. The history of this slow failure...
Books
28 June 2007
Everything is getting worse, we are doomed and the only good news is that it scarcely matters because humanity is not...
Culture
19 March 2007
From Pieces to Weight: once upon a time in Southside, Queens, 50 Cent, Pocket Books, 240pp, £7.99 Love Don't Live Here...
Books
20 October 2003
There is no business like show business, as writers prove each time they stand in public and read extracts from their...
Film
21 July 2003
Kalandia checkpoint outside Jerusalem must vie with the Hollywood sign as the most photographed location on earth....
Culture
14 April 2003
Cezanne once said, "I owe you the truth in painting." As Cezanne was a great painter, let us assume that he paid up....
Culture
06 January 2003
I approached Joe Sacco's book Palestine, an account of Christmas and New Year 1991-92 in the occupied territories, as...
Culture
03 June 2002
It takes a special kind of curator to make video games seem old hat. The Barbican has succeeded with "Game On"....
Books
01 April 2002
There was a fashion in the 1980s for novels that told the story of the 20th century through the mouthpiece of an...
Food and Drink
10 December 2001
The news about The Corrections, the celebrated novel by Jonathan Franzen, is that it works. Franzen aimed to link...
Food and Drink
10 September 2001
A measure of a great writer is the way he or she changes the way we talk and think about literature, almost through...
Culture
23 July 2001
The British do use perfume, but only occasionally, and then in moderation. When my grandmother died, I discovered a...
Food and Drink
16 July 2001
England Calling bills itself as "24 stories for the 21st century . . . a brilliant anthology of new English writing"....

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