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“Frankenstein in Baghdad” Review

By Lev Myshkin

The prize-winning novel “Frankenstein in Baghdad” by Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi has finally been translated into English. His reworking of Mary Shelley’s iconic horror story is set in the Iraqi capital torn apart by sectarian violence.

 

Sisi’s Coronation and the Egyptian Opposition

By Maged Mandour

In an attempt to centralize power, the regime is in the process of creating one unified enemy, an alliance between the disgruntled security and civilian elites as well as the ...

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

By David Elstein

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

New York empties its jails

By Andrew Purcell

A huge achievement that could even signify the beginning of a more rational, humane approach to American criminal justice: how was it done?

Lula da Silva as a nightmare

By Jaime Amparo Alves

The main threat to democracy in Brazil is posed by part of the judiciary; a dangerous, well-born, conservative class of mostly white men. And Lula da Silva is their worst ...

Arts & Culture

About Shakespeare

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Shakespeare discovered the secret of language. He had the advantage of living at a moment in history when a new language was coming into being. Modern English was emerging ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

Travel Writing

Across the Namibian Desert

Accompanying us each day was the sun's flaming orb, rising each morning and setting each night - an unvarying ball ...

Travel Writing

Istanbul: The City of Four Seasons

"Istanbul is a city defined by water because its parts are separated by water. But the Bosporus is not merely ...

Political Tours

Political Tours