The Foreign Desk
A row has broken out in Denmark over the country’s citizenship test, used to examine would-be immigrants on their knowledge of “Danish society and… Danish culture and history”. According to Politiken, those taking the multiple-choice quiz earlier this week were faced with an especially hard task, given that one of the questions was apparently impossible to [...]
There’s a story on the BBC about Alexandria becoming the first city in Egypt to ban smoking, always a complicated topic and one that can only be more so in a country where the public consumption of shisha drives business for many coffee shops. It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment goes, and whether it’s [...]
Not meaning to sound bitchy, but I swear Hitchens has had blond highlights added to his mop for his memoir promotion tour. Or may be it was a trick of the studio lighting in Jon Stewart’s Daily News lair. As you would expect, the two men had a droll exchange covering everything from Hitchens allegedly [...]
Alex Duval Smith has a great piece in today’s Independent about the idolisation of Didier Drogba in Cote d’Ivoire. His avatar’s performances in the football video game I was playing last night certainly lead me to share his compatriots’ view of his might on the football pitch; it’s fantastic news for the World Cup that [...]
One Apple iPad – $499. Marketing buzz from smashing an iPad live on stage – priceless.
Credit to Scott Heiferman, founder of meetup.com. He sure knows how to get a gasp from a room of 850 tech nerds, start-up entrepreneurs, web developers, designers and investors. He’s not going to…? Surely not…? Thwack.
It was great stunt, to [...]
I have long-arranged tickets to watch the taping of The Daily Show over at Comedy Central this afternoon. Turns out his guest is none other than the estimable Christopher Hitchens. He must have written a book or something. Or a memoir, perhaps. Yes, I know, I know. His publicity agents even secured him an interview [...]
It may be easy to mock, but if you saw a tiger lying in front of your car, chances are you too would panic and call the police. The problem for the poor man that did so in Aachen, Germany – according to Spiegel Online – is that the animal in question was not an [...]
It was a beautiful sunny morning, in November 2008, the day I wandered around site of the Union Carbide site in Bhopal. For the past quarter of a century, the 11 acre factory site had been largely off-limits to members of the public and permission from a local magistrate was demanded for anyone to enter.
The ignominious nature of Helen Thomas’ retirement as a White House correspondent at 89, as reported by our US Editor David Usborne today, put a sad and strange cap on a long and storied career. It also drew wider attention to an oddity of the White House press room normally only noted by the geekiest [...]
I have a suspicion that the good people of Goldman Sachs think that the good people of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission are idiots.
The great Vampire Squid has gone and shot itself in the tentacle by dumping 2.5 billion pages of internal documents on the FCIC, such a stupidly large quantity of information that it [...]
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