Explainer: what Western civilisation owes to Islamic cultures

2019 Sep 06

Algebra, alchemy, artichoke, alcohol, and apricot all derive from Arabic words which came to the West during the age of Crusades.


Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

2018 Jun 01

Telephone culture is disappearing.


Saddams Disney for a Despot: how Dictators Exploit Ruins

2018 May 31

The Iraqi dictator followed Mussolinis lead in appropriating ancient ruins to tell a flattering story about his own authoritarian regime.


The Two Backlashes against Globalization

2017 Oct 12

Nowadays globalization is inescapable


Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People

2017 Feb 01

“In order to feel comfortable among educated people, to be at home and happy with them, one must be cultured to a certain extent.”