Travels

Mubarak the undead

Mubarak, Sharon, Arafat: there are new actors on the stage now and the old men have been forgotten

Syria, citizen journalism and the New York Times

The paper of record embraces citizen journalism at last

Mubarak dead. Revolution critical.

The regime has already demonstrated it can survive without Mubarak


Looking at the war in Syria

Unlike Gaddafi, Assad has international allies who will protect him so this is likely to get worse

Mubarak gets life in prison, Egypt gets nothing

Mubarak earned the sentence a hundred times over but it does not feel like justice was done

The ‘unexpected’ China slowdown was entirely foreseeable

Analysts profess surprise at the China slowdown that I saw out the car window in Fujian a year ago


What I saw at the (Occupy May Day) revolution today

The point of today’s large rally: “Memo to the 1%, this is so not over”

Football on the anniversary of the Guernica bombing

The Basques cheer Real Madrid’s defeat by Bayern Munich, but it was the Germans who bombed Guernica

Good coffee arrives in Paris at last

Parisians will one day have the heated partisan debates about coffee they now have about macarons


Did Gaddafi give Sarkozy 50m euros?

France’s dealings in Africa have often been sordid but Libya had seemed a break from this tradition

The China boom is over. That could be good

Will young Chinese respond to slower economic growth by going into the arts? Or politics?

Did Yemen just have a revolution?

Ali Abdullah Saleh is out at last but it looks like the Saleh regime remains


Weegee: self-promotion is his business

An exhibit at the ICP shows Weegee’s New York was gritty in the most unreal possible way

Beirut Art Center at the New Museum in New York

Lebanese artists address how art is changed or destroyed by its display

Typography and world conquest

This exhibition shows the moment colonial expansion brought the Gutenberg revolution to the world


The Egyptian police beat protesters senseless

The video is hard to watch but it shows why freedom in Egypt has not yet been won

Mapping the invisible city of Beirut

How a city fed up with thinking about war knows where the next frontlines will be

What to make of the elections in Egypt?

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


Egypt votes today, but it’s a mess

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

Hope or acquiescence in Myanmar?

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

The last moment in history to see the tulou

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


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

What to make of this 19th C. Arab-Chinese-Peruvian portrait?

Long distance cultural exchange began much earlier than we sometimes imagine

Palestine goes to the UN

Palestine already exists. Only its form remains to be determined