Archive for November, 2011

Woman voting in Alexandria, photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany - Reuters

What to make of the elections in Egypt?

Millions turned out, but will the electoral process prove worthy of the hopes invested in it?

Who stands where in Egypt, source The Arabist

Egypt votes today, but it’s a mess

The elections were badly organized, the military undermined them, but turnout has been significant

Arab League map

What is going on with the Arab League?

They actually did something. Sanctions on Syria won’t work, but it’s a miracle all the same


Tear gas in Tahrir Square, Cairo, photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh-REUTERS

The truth revealed, at last, in Tahrir Square

The military was always an obstacle to democracy. Now everyone can see that

The Christian theocracy, New York, photo by Sean Rocha

The Republicans’ fantasy of a Christian theocracy

The Republicans may demonize Islamists, but they think a lot like them

Seif al-Islam in August 2011, photo by Moises Saman NYT

Seif al-Islam captured in the Sahara

Last of the Gaddafi clan was found in the Libyan desert near Ubari, which I visited in 2004


Aung San Suu Kyi thumbnail, photo by Platon

Hope or acquiescence in Myanmar?

Aung San Suu Kyi returns to politics, but is she a challenge to the junta or a cover?

Gaddafi will fight until the last drop of blood

Dreamy visions of Gaddafi at the London Review of Books

Hugh Roberts slams NATO for not negotiating with a man who vowed to fight to the last drop of blood

Egyptian army crushing civilians in Maspero

Video of the Egyptian army running over civilians with APCs

But the Egyptian army rules the country, so it is the protesters who face military trials


Sophocles and his students

Peter Schjeldahl wanders blind through the Met’s new Islamic wing

He sees only difference where he ought to be able to see centuries of cultural exchange

Working today is like working with a gun in your back

There’s a soixante-huitard feel to these Occupy protests

Will Zuccotti Park be the Blvd Saint-Michel of our era? These posters suggest a similar spirit

Mushroom cloud, photo by US Dept of Energy

The UN calls out the Iranian nuclear program

But what if Iran is just bluffing? Saddam did that and it worked for years


Gavin Russom projected on the Jumbotron, photo by Sean Rocha

Gavin Russom plays Le Poisson Rouge

He designs and builds his own synthesizers and you can see what he’s up to this Wednesday

Tulou entrance in Xiashi, China, photo by Sean Rocha

The last moment in history to see the tulou

The future is grim for China’s unique, centuries-old communal housing

Swinging Curve 2009 by Carsten Holler, photo by Benoit Pailley

On the Carsten Höller exhibit at the New Museum

There’s too little to experience for an exhibit called ‘Experience’ but the slide is exhilarating


The mihrab at the Sultan Hassan mosque, Cairo, Egypt, photo by Sean Rocha

On the Overblown Islamist Threat

Breathe deeply right-wingers: even the former Jordanian foreign minister doesn’t fear the Islamists

Peru portraits

Portraits from Lima, Peru, 1916

Tiny pictures from Peru of men in uniform and the women they courted