A dissident Chinese author has expressed dismay at the lack of independent and exiled authors represented at this year's London Book Fair (LBF), where China is guest of honour. An ensuing public spat, revolving around accusations that the Fair's organisers have bowed to Chinese authorities, has thrust the thorny issue of censorship to centre-stage.
The silencing of music in the name of Islam led Pappu to give up the cello and set up a tea stall. But Pappu and other musicians survived the Islamist regime for former dictator Zia ul-Haq and the recent ways of the Taliban to return to the most surprising group of musicians to have emerged over years – on a dusty little street in the Pakistani city Lahore.
A lyrical attack by Germany's acclaimed novelist and essayist Günter Grass in which he labelled Israel's alleged atomic arsenal and looming pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear installations a threat to world peace has triggered fury and controversy amongst Israelis.
In a first in years, snow blessed the Holy City last month. For a moment, hail metamorphosed into a paltry three-millimetre layer of white, liquid, light. Children and parents and snowmen relished the wonders of an almost real, though usually ephemeral, winter. But then, the Ice Age befell Jerusalem...