History

Simply Sarajevo

Simply Sarajevo

“Let’s put this pedal to the metal,” proclaimed my driver in heavily-accented English as he ran his beat-up car along the gauntlet of turns on the Igman Mountain Road. Adam, a 20-something bed-and-breakfast owner, was full of mispronounced Americanisms and repeated offers of cigarettes that afternoon as he raced back to catch the beginning of […]

Egypt’s Window on the World

Egypt’s Window on the World

“My whole life was preparation for this job,” says Ismail Serageldin, as he flashes a wry smile and gazes out of his fifth-storey office window overlooking the Alexandria corniche. What might otherwise seem like an unusual comment coming from a man who gave up a sparkling career in international development to return to Egypt to […]

By Way of the Kingdom of Kush

By Way of the Kingdom of Kush

Many years ago, I came across an old image in a book. It was a 19th-century, black-and-white photograph of what appeared to be a cluster of Egyptian-style pyramids located somewhere in Sudan. The haunting photo showed a group of relatively small but steep pyramids jutting defiantly out of a sandy plateau. Photographed by an American […]