The traditional Chinese dance troupe China doesn’t want you to see

If you live in a major city in the western hemisphere, you have probably seen the image: a Chinese woman floating through the air, dress billowing out behind her, with the caption “Shen Yun – Art That Connects Heaven and Earth”. The adverts are for a company based in upstate New York that presents spectacles …

Haringey council taken over by Momentum? It’s just locals taking back control | Aditya Chakrabortty

I’ve just been reading about the most terrifying place. For weeks, this “toxic” neighbourhood with its “poisonous” atmosphere has been all over the front pages and columns. It’s a land of revolutionary politics, of “ruthless attacks” and “purges”. Hordes of Trotskyists reportedly roam its high streets – like wildebeest, if they only swapped the majesty …

Nigella’s Christmas Table review – time for mortals to feel inadequate

Nigella is on the road, driving at night. She arrives somewhere rural and barny, steps red-booted and red-coated out of the car. Oi, Nige, you left your lights on! But, of course, she meant to, they’re two more bright stars to add to the twinkling firmament. There are lights everywhere, in the sky, twisted around …

‘Women are better writers than men’: novelist John Boyne sets the record straight

Do you know what the literary tea towel is? It’s an Irish phenomenon that can be found hanging in half the pubs of Dublin and all the tourist shops. Also taking the form of a calendar, a beer mat, a T-shirt and a poster, the tea towel features images of 12 great Irish writers, most …

Op-Ed Contributor: Jacob Zuma and the Theft of South Africa

Protesters outside the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg in April. Joao Silva/The New York Times JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will meet on Dec. 16 to elect a new party president. It will do so in the throes of a debilitating crisis. A decade of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership has seen Africa’s …

NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk and 2 Others Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Marshall Faulk at the Super Bowl in 2014. He was suspended on Monday by NFL Network along with Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. Elsa/Getty Images NFL Network has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced late Monday. The allegations …

Theresa May Quiets the Critics — in Her Own Party

Protesters wave the flags of the European Union and the United Kingdom outside Parliament in central London on Monday. Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — After striking a last-minute deal with European Union leaders last week to keep withdrawal talks going, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain on Monday battled to sell her …