What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

Updated 16 September 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Floating Coast  by Bathsheba Demuth

Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: Through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years.

The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, Floating Coast breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape, according to a review published on goodreads.com.

The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans — the Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia — before Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. 

Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: How, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?


Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

And what did the leader of Russia enjoy while in Saudi Arabia? We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon.

We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon. (Arab News)

To start things off, diners enjoyed a variety of hot and cold appetizers, which were followed up with a choice of three main courses.

Guests were invited to choose between smoked salmon with asparagus and balsamic sauce, chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy concoction of saffron, turmeric and vegetables and deliciously soft wagyu beef served with purple carrots, orange fruit sauce and a delicate garnish of mountain flowers.

And that wasn’t all — to show off the best Saudi Arabia has to offer, President Putin was also treated to a selection of traditional Saudi dishes, which guests could sample at their leisure.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane. (Arab News) 

Sweet-toothed diners then had their moment of glory as the dessert course was served up.

Chocolate mousse with fresh mangos and mango coulis was served alongside a tarte cranberry ice cream — a fun twist on the usual pairing of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

And for those who wanted a healthier alternative, a variety of fresh fruits were offered to guests.