Please note that the full version of this particular column is hosted at ArabComment. The regular column will return later this month. When I first met Rana Husseini, I was struck by how forthright and open she was – a firm handshake, a piercing, inquisitive stare and the no-nonsense way in which she chose her …
“Fairytale” was the perfect song for the venue and mood of Moskva 2009.
This is a stylish, sprawling movie that will not be bleak enough for the various gatekeepers of high culture.
“I had studied previous photographic work on Chernobyl, and so I was prepared to see mutations.”
Imagine, for example, a retelling of The Lord of the Rings that portrays, in excruciating detail, how Sam shouts “Me go and see Elves and all! Hooray!” and proceeds to burst into tears.
The earnestness of this day is a reminder of the crises and failures of the last twenty years – so it must be smothered in roses and champagne. Marx and Engels had us all bamboozled, as it turned out.
It seems fairly obvious that FC Zenit is aware of the ramifications of discriminatory behaviour among its fans. Why is sexism getting a free pass?
Well, I wouldn’t tell anyone to “go to hell” if I was indifferent to them either – but it doesn’t mean I’m madly in love.
Young women and men in the former Soviet Union are encouraged not to be too clever nowadays – if you want to write, stick to writing for the tabloids. Anything more profound can get you killed.
Although the Chernovetsky/Tymoshenko incident is small when compared with the present energy scandal, it illustrates an important point: the political crisis in Ukraine is having very real repercussions.