Cultural Capital
03 June 2010
In the centre of Durban, South Africa's sprawling third city, the curved roof of the new R3.1bn (£276m) Moses Mabhida...
Culture
13 August 2009
Two hundred years ago, the little Indian kingdom of Marwar, in what is now Rajasthan, was a bloodsoaked and troublesome...
Culture
04 June 2009
In a backstreet of the old workers’ quarter of Port Said, where the Suez Canal meets the Mediterranean, 20 musicians...
Books
21 May 2009
Historical novels set in 16th-century England – especially accounts of the marital woes of Henry VIII – usually follow...
Books
23 April 2009
“Living in the Islamic Republic is like having sex with a man you loathe,” wrote the Iranian critic Azar Nafisi in her...
Books
09 April 2009
Broughton in Oxfordshire is a 14th-century moated manor house that has been described as “about the most beautiful...
International Politics
12 March 2009
In April 1982, the British artist Linda Kitson boarded the QE2, which had been requisitioned as a troop carrier, and...
Culture
19 February 2009
The Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Maal is no ordinary pop star. When he returns from touring in Europe, North...
Ideas
22 January 2009
Along with more sinister institutions nearby, the towering, crenellated Red October chocolate factory was one of the...
Politics
08 January 2009
The mayoralty of Tehran was the springboard to the Iranian presidency for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - and it could work the...
Film
04 December 2008
A dark-eyed woman wrapped in a black chador steps from the roof of her house and drifts, as slowly as a leaf, to the...
Books
30 October 2008
Alaa al-Aswany is the biggest literary star of the Arab world. In a region where few people read for pleasure, the...
Culture
31 July 2008
Daniel Barenboim is waiting for an urgent message. "We have a problem," he says, glancing at the mobile phone lying...
Culture
17 July 2008
Yeheskel Kojaman's Baghdad is a city of dust roads, alley markets, minarets and palm trees. Muslim, Jewish, Armenian...
Culture
29 May 2008
A snake writhes over the desert sands that half submerge the Sphinx. A crafty merchant examines a coin presented by two...

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