How widespread protests in Tunisia and Egypt could lead to a rapid transformation of geopolitics in the Middle East.

After this month’s uprising in Tunisia, many scholars and journalists pondered whether its example could spark other revolts. Still, many were taken by surprise when massive protests erupted in downtown Cairo on January 25th, 2011. Photo from Flickr. BY WALEED HAZBUNAssistant Professor of International Relations, American University of Beirut Watching Al Jazeera English in the … More How widespread protests in Tunisia and Egypt could lead to a rapid transformation of geopolitics in the Middle East.

Zombies and Other Strangers: Thoughts on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

Actors Steven Yeun (from left, “Glenn”) and Andrew Lincoln (“Rick Grimes”) struggle to survive an undead apocalypse in AMC’s The Walking Dead. The author wishes to thank Mark Heimermann and Michael Lang for introducing him to the series. BY PETER Y. PAIKAssociate professor of comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of From … More Zombies and Other Strangers: Thoughts on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

Reunion Island’s UNESCO designation puts spotlight on its medieval and colonial legacies—including its relationship with famous scholar Joseph Bédier.

Joseph Bédier (1864–1938) was one of the most famous scholars of his day. He held prestigious posts and lectured throughout Europe and the United States, an activity unusual for an academic of his time. A scholar of the French Middle Ages, he translated Tristan and Isolde as well as France’s national epic, The Song of … More Reunion Island’s UNESCO designation puts spotlight on its medieval and colonial legacies—including its relationship with famous scholar Joseph Bédier.

What do you think: Gwyneth Paltrow as legendary actress Marlene Dietrich?

Photos from Just Jared. In the past week, it has been sporadically reported that Gwyneth Paltrow has signed on to play legendary German actress Marlene Dietrich in a two-part biopic that will be the product of a collaboration between HBO, BBC, and EuropaCorp TV. What do you think about this matchup? Vote in the poll … More What do you think: Gwyneth Paltrow as legendary actress Marlene Dietrich?