Budapest: Screwed Left, Right and Centre

‘Unfortunately, most Hungarians expect their politicians to be on the take and that's because many of them are. I'd love to name names, but I'm not in the mood for litigation’

Paris: Mayhem in the Marais

A new outburst of anti-Semitism in Paris has brought violence out from the banlieues into the heart of Paris

Berlin and Cologne: A Tale of Two German Cities

‘Now that Berlin is officially one of the coolest places in Europe, many have developed a peculiar sense of being German - a form of confidence, or nonchalance at least, about their nationality’

India: Tariq Ali’s Plan for Pakistan

Although previously banned, Tariq Ali's books can now be read anywhere in Pakistan. In the aftermath of the jihadist attacks in Mumbai and on the Sri Lankan cricket team, will the Brit-Pak's fluent words offer any solutions to the problems there?

Beirut: Blood on the Streets

‘Then the beating began. One of the new arrivals punched Christopher hard in the face. Two others grabbed his arm and started dragging him across the street. For the first time the Hitch looked scared’

Mumbai: On the ‘Slumdog’ Trail

Standpoint's Writer-At-Large visits the slums of Mumbai to assess the Oscar-winning film

Park City, Utah: Movie that Pulls Aside the Veil

A new documentary made in Afghanistan has won two awards at the the Sundance Film Festival. Afghan Star could help the cause of feminism there and encourage a desperately-needed sense of national community

Prague: Diary

‘The post-1989 temptation in Prague has been two-fold. The first has been to legislate the totalitarian past out of existence, the second has been to copy the liberal West blindly at a lag of 20 years’

Caracas: Chávez’s Secret Fan Club

‘In his decade as president, Chávez has parlayed socioeconomic resentment into near-invincibility. But Venezuela's decay, and the chinks in his armour, are there for all to see’


New York: A Cousin in the White House

US Election Week diary: New Yorkers and their attitudes towards the new president

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"