I’m a passionate tea drinker but normally prefer Chinese greens. In this article for the New York Times travel section, I look at a surprising corner of Germany where more tea is consumed per capital than any other place in the world, and with strange customs and ceremonies. The article concludes with a visit to one of the grand masters of German tea, Willem Hedemann.
The liberal Egyptian newspaper El-Watan recently interviewed me on the inherent problems of the Muslim Brotherhood and why it will have difficulty in running a secular state. You can read the interview here and an accompanying piece on CIA support for Islamists here. Both are in Arabic; for non-speakers there’s always Google translate….
In this interview on the NYRB blog, I talk to veteran grassroots activist Huang Qi, whose Tianwang website has been documenting protests since 1999. You can read his explanations for unrest and his surprisingly optimistic take on events by clicking here.