The massacre of Copts last weekend in protests in Cairo is wholly ominous and I can add little to the best account of it I've read: New York Review of Books' writer Yasmine el-Rashidi's brilliant eye-witness account and analysis.
Why then do I feel the need to write anything at all about the 25 deaths outside the state TV station on Sunday? Is it really any of my business?
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An Iranian friend of mine comments on the visit by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United Nations General Assembly today, where he has once again been offered a platform by the Columbia International Relations Council and Association. That morally sophisticated group of young American élites is ‘thrilled to have this opportunity’. ‘Everyone was really enthusiastic,’ Tim Chan, student spokesman, is reported as saying.
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A new tower is growing up on the site of the World Trade Centre. Admirable resolve, or more of the same hubris?
Britain and the US are obsessed with building and re-building. A sign of hope, of the indomitability of the human spirit? Yes, but how about a little more emphasis on the way to build the people who will occupy them?Read more »