Researching a piece on the newly minted Nobel literature laureate, I came across a suggestion in The New Republic that a “political dimension to the committee’s thinking” may have tipped the scales in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s favour.

The New Republic noted that much of Mr “Gurnah’s writing focuses on migration and…


With the Jerusalem artichokes in my back yard growing to 15 feet, I knew the day was nearing when the knobbly tubers would need to be harvested — and cooked and eaten — with all the inherent implications for the digestive system. Then, on an especially blustery day, some of…


The second World Food Day under a deadly pandemic has come and gone (on Saturday, October 16). It is an understatement that World Food Day 2021 was severely marked by Covid-19. …


The US national press is preoccupied with beltway politics but the biggest story may actually be the impenetrable mystery of the ‘I quit’ brigade: How on earth are all those workers who quit their jobs managing to survive? How do they put food on the table? …


When Abdulrazak Gurnah was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, I was suddenly back at university, with my PhD supervisor suggesting I read Professor Gurnah. …


It was Disraeli who supposedly said of the English heart of the industrial revolution that “What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.” At the time, Manchester truly was leading the world in building new sorts of machines and transport networks.

Today, it is Hungary that’s blazing…


On 11 October, the Arab world’s first female prime minister was sworn into office in Tunisia. Najla Bouden’s rise to high office from political obscurity made headlines around the world, even though president Kais Saied had already curtailed the prime minister’s powers and arrogated unlimited authority to himself. …


Everyone’s talking about supply chains and the perceptible effects of the fact that they’re loose and unmoored — empty shelves, a backlog of Christmas orders, a shortage of almost everything. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t hear a lot of cheering from the anti-globalisation brigade. For decades, globalisation…


You don’t need a sign by a major road in Milwaukee to tell you the labour shortage is acute. You probably feel it already. Domino’s, the world’s biggest seller of pizza and pizza-like foods, says it can’t find the delivery people it needs in America. …


Having recently been in Virginia, where the gubernatorial election campaign is in full swing, I read Peter Spiegel, the FT’s US managing editor’s comment on the contest with interest.

Mr Spiegel began by noting that “in another election cycle, in another era, Glenn Youngkin would be a Republican candidate out…

Rashmee Roshan Lall

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