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Orson Welles, Essential American Artist

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

It is thirty years since he died, but the success and failure of Welles will continue to be discussed as his career raises questions about the relation of imaginative art to popular culture.


The Prague Café

By Jan Hornát

What is the 'Prague Café', and why has it become the Czech President's insult of choice for his opponents? President Zeman first used the term publicly last year as a ...

Immigration Detention in Europe

By Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Director of Border Criminologies looks at the history and the current state of border detention in Europe.

A vote against religious hate

By L K Sharma

No agency records the levels of mental pollution and no scientific instrument records the intolerance levels in a society, but even a casual visitor to India would notice the rise ...

Can Oslo’s car ban help drive the future?

By Vivill Vinsrygg

Oslo’s proposal to ban most cars from its centre is likely to be studied by cities worldwide, suggests Vivill Vinsrygg, a Norwegian transport institute official.

Arts & Culture

“Everything is Happening” by Michael Jacobs

By Lev Myshkin

A posthumously published book by the art historian Michael Jacobs on his long standing obsession, the Velazquez painting, "Las Meninas", that hangs in the Prado - a painting that has ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated himself to creating an offering to Lord Buddha, in the Thai City of Chiang ...

Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Political Tours

Political Tours