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August 28, 2014 1 Comment

Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

If it is to be the new front in this growing war then it is certainly a place of some significance. As you drive south from Donetsk it is the smokestacks you see first coming up from the summer heat haze of the steppe.

 

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August 8, 2014 4 Comments

‘Out on the mountain right now, it is genocide’

From everyone here, tales of how the IS come into your town or village and offer you the chance to convert to Islam, get out of town and your home – or be killed by bullet or beheading.

August 7, 2014 3 Comments

Fear is key in the Islamic State’s purge of Iraq

Thousands of Iraqis, predominantly from the minority Yazidi ethnic and Christian groups, have fled to mountainous regions to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.

July 17, 2014 11 Comments

Hot weather warning: more like a load of hot air

Summer happens. Get over it. Surely we don’t need safety advice for normal weather events?

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

Don’t bet the farm on peace in Afghanistan

This is precisely the kind of act guaranteed to wipe the gloss of the weekend euphoria as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Kabul to broker a deal between arch-rivals.

July 11, 2014 1 Comment

In Afghanistan, the insurgents are resurgent

A 24 per cent spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2014 suggests the Taliban and other insurgent groups are on the march again.

July 10, 2014 32 Comments

Rangers, tax and ‘no surrender’?

You can’t really complain about a shadow over Rangers and the effect on the club’s value when the club itself has broken the rules.

July 8, 2014 1 Comment

Does civil war loom after Afghanistan elections?

We were supposed to leave Afghanistan with some kind of credible military forces to stop all this from happening. That does not look very credible.

As a democratic spectacle, nothing comes close to the Tour

Going to the Tour de France as a spectator is all about everything Big Sport left behind when it decided to become Big Business.

July 3, 2014 3 Comments

Alastair Campbell: Egypt hasn’t paid me a penny

Tony Blair’s former spin doctor denies taking money from the Sisi regime, but insists the west must engage with Egypt.

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