‘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’
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?
‘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’
‘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’