Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service struggles after just a year

Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service was meant to provide its staff with a new way of gaining financial independence and its passengers with the chance of a ride without being groped and harassed by male drivers. But, after just a year in business, the “Pink Rickshaw” in the Punjabi city of Lahore, is struggling. Help … Read more Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service struggles after just a year

On Alexandria’s Fouad Street, some have a longing for the elegant past

Along Fouad Street, a Costa coffee shop near old buildings with Italian and French architecture reminds Egyptians that commercial ventures threaten to erase traces of Alexandria’s aristocratic past. Named after King Fouad I, who died in 1936, the street is a throwback to a time when the arts flourished in a cosmopolitan city that is … Read more On Alexandria’s Fouad Street, some have a longing for the elegant past

New York auctions paint somber picture of Chinese art buyers

Along with oil, stocks and steel, China’s roiling economic slowdown has deflated the buoyancy of another sector: the Asian Art market. Wealthy Chinese art collectors had driven art sales skyward in recent years for Chinese and Western art, such as the Modigliani nude that was bought by an anonymous Chinese buyer last year for $170.4 … Read more New York auctions paint somber picture of Chinese art buyers

‘Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages’ reopens to public in Rome

A sixth-century church boasting a rare collection of early Christian art is reopening to the public in Rome after a restoration that took more than 30 years. Nestling at the foot of the hill where Rome’s emperors once lived, Santa Maria Antiqua was buried under rubble by an earthquake in 847 and only uncovered in … Read more ‘Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages’ reopens to public in Rome