Abdulnasser’s Capitol dome

was even taller than I had imagined. Here’s my piece on it for The Washington Post.

And in case that link doesn’t work, here are some more pictures of it:

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There’s An Interesting Piece

on Saudi art in today’s Guardian, in advance of the show about to open on Saturday night at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, which should be excellent.

Above is one part of Ayman Yossri Daydban’s ‘The Opening’ from his Subtitle series, 2010.

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The Disappearance of

Orwa Nyrabia in Syria is a chilling reminder of the cultural repression that goes on under Assad, alongside everything else we’ve read about in the last year. Rather than try to paraphrase Lawrence Wright in the New Yorker here’s his short piece on Nyrabia’s disappearance.


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as I’ve never seen it before. This is worth it for the unforgettable closing shot.

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Signs of Conflict

is a fascinating website, one that I’ve only just heard about, an online archive of political posters made during the Lebanese Civil War. Here’s one of my favourites.


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