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August 19, 2015 7 Comments

Palmyra’s Khaled Asaad: ‘I was born here, I will die here’

For 50 years he had patiently led the preservation and continued unearthing of the treasures of Palmyra. In the end it was obvious that the forces of the self-styled Islamic State were coming to take the place. A UNESCO world heritage site proved too good a propaganda opportunity for them ever to miss.


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August 10, 2015 7 Comments

How football is tarnished and damaged by ignoring free speech

Gratifyingly, with the new season and the new rash of clubs busy censoring the media, the Great Banning Debate is now very much alive. Good.

August 7, 2015 20 Comments

Why banning football journalists makes the beautiful game ugly

Football clubs across the UK are banning reporters from their stadiums because they don’t like what’s being reported. Nowhere else in British public life is this tolerated.

August 4, 2015 14 Comments

How can it be normal to ban journalists from the football?

There are football clubs in England and Scotland who feel it is perfectly normal to ban any journalist guilty of perpetrating journalism they disapprove of.

July 13, 2015 6 Comments

EU hopes what Alexis agreed, Athens will enact

Juncker and Merkel saying early today they are confident Athens will do as it is told and as its own leader has negotiated, but the scale of the Greek PM’s U-turn remains breath-taking.

July 12, 2015 4 Comments

Greece crisis: eurozone demands action, not words

“The most important currency has been lost,” remarked a rueful Angela Merkel on her way into the Eurozone talks today, “and that is trust.”

Greek crisis: an issue of “conditionality” (trust)

It is every bit as much about trust as about economics now. Of course, this being Brussels and this being the EU, nobody would ever use a word as straightforward as “trust”.

July 7, 2015 No Comments

7/7 : contemplation after a terrifying and confused day

Seeing our camera and tripod, tourists around St Paul’s and Aldgate constantly approach to ask what is going on. No need for any inquiries a decade ago as the streets fell empty.

July 6, 2015 3 Comments

Srebrenica massacre: the unfinished business

Nedzad Avdic survived the Srebrenica massacre that took the lives of 8,000 men and boys. In Serbia, denying his experience is the official policy in and out of schools.

July 1, 2015 4 Comments

Heatwave? It’s all Johnny Foreigner’s fault!

The tabs rave about hot air coming maliciously in ‘from the continent’ where ‘continental air pollution’ will be dragged here resulting in the current mass death threat.

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