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April 5, 2014 No Comments

Purple fingers and sitting ducks: how to hold an election, Afghan style

I’m sitting here getting a headache with the effort of thinking if there is a worse job. But Abdullah is all smiles and simply delighted to see us. And we are, well, reasonably delighted to see Abdullah – but actually not for all that long.

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Nothing personal you understand. It is just that Abdullah is the frisker at the front of the polling station queue in central Kabul. And it falls to him to frisk men for suicide bomb-belts. You see the issue.

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April 4, 2014 No Comments

Why we could all pay the price for Afghan election

I hope very much that back in Europe you are enjoying enormously the Afghan election and closely following the result – because you are paying for it.

April 3, 2014 No Comments

Central African Republic: EU to send some peacekeepers – at last

The EU move is a start but the numbers are not enough, not nearly enough to end the slide into violence in the Central African Republic

April 2, 2014 7 Comments

Only politics can lead a path out of Afghanistan’s darkness

The Taliban may threaten to wreck Afghanistan’s elections – but only a deal between the insurgents and the Afghan government can offer any resolution to the country’s

March 30, 2014 2 Comments

Inside the Taliban gun battle house

Najibullah is good enough to show us around the house that is now a total ruin and he gives the sense of man unsure whom he is more angry with – Taliban or government?

War in Afghanistan: the facts

The Afghan conflict has claimed the lives of nearly 450 British military personnel. What kind of country will coalition troops leave behind?

March 29, 2014 No Comments

Two attacks in two days: insurgents target Afghan election

At a gun battle in Kabul Alex Thomson reports how Kabul reacts, if you can you get off the streets regardless of where the attack is happening – you get off them fast.

March 27, 2014 1 Comment

We looked away and the machete men came out

International attention may have turned away from the violence in the Central Afrian Republic, but the situation there has not stabilised – instead it is getting worse.

March 20, 2014 9 Comments

Patriotism, partisanship and football

It’s 2014, so please don’t presume to assume that I’ll be supporting any old British team just because they are playing European opposition.

March 18, 2014 3 Comments

L’Wren Scott’s death: let’s pause – but not to gawp

The death of L’Wren Scott is not a moment to peer into private grief but a time to reflect that everyone we meet is fighting secret battles.

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