Contrary to what might be expected, the first recorded use of the expression “concentration camps” did not occur in either Germany or Russia. Nor, even, was the term originally English, as many also mistakenly believe. In fact, as far as it is possible to ascertain, the first person to speak of concentration camps or, more …
American troops have landed in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Russia’s post-communist satrapies. The Indian government has agreed, for the first time ever, to let American planes land on its soil too.
Has the world changed since Sept. 11? As I’ve said, it’s difficult to give a straight answer—and if you are staring hard at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it’s almost impossible.
It isn’t often that I think the opinions of another magazine are worth quoting at length, but I have just read something so stunning that I think it worth making an exception.
Poised as I am, halfway between the two cultures, it was a little strange watching British reactions to events in America last week. It was a little strange even being in Britain last week. On Tuesday after hijacked planes had hit targets in Washington, where my family live, and New York, where most of my …
London — On the morning after the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington, my friend Matt, a New Yorker who has lived here for a long time, woke up to discover a sympathy card slipped under his door.
North of the Arctic Circle, roses do not grow. There are no daisies or lilies; there are no sunflowers or geraniums. Only a few species of charmless wildflower have learned to take advantage of the very short, very hot, northern summers.
If there was ever any doubt about it, we can now quantify, with great precision, just how much the leaders of the West are willing to pay in order to take revenge on Slobodan Milosevic.
The Cold War may be over, as George W Bush has been telling all and sundry since he arrived in Europe last week, but the imperial presidency lives on.
President Putin’s tightening grip looks likely to crush his country’s last privately owned TV station. By any standards NTV, the only remaining privately owned television station in Russia, is in a peculiar position. Its chief shareholder, Vladimir Gusinsky, has fled the country, having been arrested once already.