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If Heraclitus was right when he said, ‘Geography is fate,’ Syria might be said to have the misfortune to be sitting in a place that guarantees periodic instability
Europeans took many photographs of Palestine during the 19th century but, according to Elias Sanbar, real life was almost always missing. Pictures of buildings and archaeological sites stoked arguments about Biblical accuracy
In a rundown, ancient palace in the heart of Kathmandu a young, pre-pubescent girl is worshipped as a living goddess, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists and believed to have the power to bestow blessings on those she favours
A few years ago, Dervla Murphy spent extended periods in Israel and the West Bank. She sensed from the outset that she was in for a turbulent odyssey
Almost everyone would agree that Africa is a continent in flux. Tradition (a mutable term) collides with something glibly referred to as modernity at every turn
The rapid consumption of clothing, and the equally rapid disposal of unwanted garments, drives an international trade in second-hand clothes which reinforces the relationship of dependency between the global north and south
Nearly 600 cities have been built in China in fewer than 70 years: more concrete poured there since 2010 than the US used in the whole of the 20th century, and more than 11,000 kilometres of high-speed railway line laid,…
Historian and curator Julian Spalding believes art has always been an attempt to understand the world and his latest book interprets our ancestors’ views of their surroundings

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