n.36 June 2011

The surreal Kazak capital of Astana is nestled on the northern steppes of Central Asia, where the bitter cold of winter keeps people indoors.

WHILE WESTERN EUROPEAN WAS BUSY with the debt crisis provoked by Greece, Ireland and Portugal, Germany was motoring along fluidly, gaining economic strength.

New York-based conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn is the middle child of the legendary Russian Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a relentless opponent of the Soviet system.

Non-violent activist Ayed Morra, a Palestinian Muslim, has help guide peaceful resistance to the building of the so-called separation barrier, a 700-kilometer wall intended to fence off Israel from the West Bank.