Pianist and composer Malek Jandali says if Syria manages to free itself from dictatorship, it will once again create and innovate as it once did.
I can’t remember when or where I first came across the word ‘earworm,’ but I can never forget the first time I used the word in this newsroom [...]
India’s Supreme Court has canceled 122 telecommunications licenses awarded to companies in 2008. The ruling is the latest chapter in a long-running corruption drama in India.
Dutch cartoonist Tom Janssen uses a familiar emoticon to show how Facebook (the company) is probably feeling about the upcoming IPO.
The concerns have been mounting for years, but suddenly, with last week’s blockbuster NY Times series on Apple’s supply chain, the question is on everyone’s lips: have the defining consumer products of our time been created at an intolerable human and environmental cost?
A growing number of Spaniards are getting obsessed with Germany and its image as a worker’s paradise. Those who go learn quickly that while you may earn more in Germany you also pay more in taxes – and that everybody actually pays [...]
Ruud Verberne is the first to admit that he can be a real downer at parties. “You tell people what you do,” he says, “and they think…well, that’s a bit strange” [..]
Flying into Islamabad in the middle of the night, I braced myself for the upcoming rituals of customs and baggage. “Patience,” I kept repeating to myself, as I descended the steps from the plane and onto a bus crowded with other passengers, including a lot of sleepy children [...]
Wednesday marks the anniversary of the start of the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square. Arab American composer, Mohammed Fairouz, who’s writing a concerto called “Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra.”
China has passed a milestone, that more Chinese now live in cities than in rural areas. This sounds impressive from one angle, that just over 10% of Chinese lived in cities when the Communist Party came to power in 1949, and not quite 19% when economic reforms started in 1979. [...]
Susan Cain’s New York Times op-ed “The Rise of the New Groupthink” makes me think a lot about the way we work here at The World. We have an open plan newsroom [...]
Dutch master harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, died at his home in Amsterdam at the age of 83, on January 16. Leonhardt was a pioneer of the Baroque music revival. He was a scholar, teacher and conductor. In the 1950s and 60s, at a time when musicians and classical music lovers paid rare attention to the Baroque repertoire [...]
Last week I blogged about Syria and the R2P or the doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect.” What should the international community do in the case of a government like Syria’s, which is killing its own citizens? [...]
Here is a photo I took of several wall posters in an Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood accusing the Israeli government of trying to wipe out Judaism.