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Nicolas Pelham

Nicolas Pelham

is Middle East affairs correspondent at The Economist. He is the author of “Holy Lands: A New Muslim Order” and co-author of “A History of the Middle East”

The Medicis in the desert

Ahmed Mater and Ashraf Fayadh were best friends. One is now Saudi Arabia’s most illustrious artist and cultural commissar. The other languishes in a dark prison. Nicolas Pelham charts their rise and fall

Baghdad’s café society

It has been blown up repeatedly, but still they come. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist’s Middle East correspondent, visits Café Abu Haloub, a symbol of the city’s resilience