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Shaj Mathew

Entries by Shaj Mathew

How Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction Illuminates the Egyptian Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:20 PM

The coup that toppled Egyptian President Morsi has inspired a slew of op-ed columns around the world attempting to make sense of the latest from Tahrir Square. Instant analysis, however, is an oxymoron. If only David Brooks, who lamented that Egyptians "lack even the basic mental ingredients" for...

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Adios, Tiki-Taka: How Spain's Philosophy of Playing Soccer Is On the Way Out

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:31 AM

During the second half of the Confederations Cup final against Brazil, an unfamiliar wave of resignation swept over the Spanish side, who lacked any real urgency about them as they joylessly caressed the ball back and forth at the Maracana, condemned. In a match cast as a preview of next...

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