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October 19, 2014 No Comments

Armenians in Aleppo regard Turkey as ‘first enemy’

Maria Karjian threw back her head and laughed.

“We used to call this Midan St but now we call it Tora Bora,” she said.


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October 17, 2014 No Comments

Living in Aleppo: half-built buildings with no walls

The physical damage to Aleppo is shocking, but the destruction of people’s lives will be much harder to repair.

October 16, 2014 No Comments

Driving through a war zone to Aleppo

Driving to Aleppo, the Springsteen song My City of Ruins began to play in my head. But Aleppo is nowhere near rising up – and it may yet have further to fall.

October 8, 2014 4 Comments

Would I have been expelled if I’d joined the Guides in 2014?

If they had been the youthful feminist activists they are today, I might have been more enthusiastic and less of a pain-in-the-arse during my brief stint as a Girl Guide, writes Lindsey Hilsum.

October 6, 2014 No Comments

Yazidi MP wins award for passionate defence of her people

The Iraqi Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil, who wept as she exhorted the world to save her people from Islamic State militants, wins a prestigious award for her courage.

September 30, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of Censors

If you want to buy a yellow ribbon to tie round your ponytail, don’t bother to look online in China. The phrase “yellow ribbon” has been censored. And it’s not hard to work

September 29, 2014 4 Comments

Hong Kong: how much unrest will China tolerate?

The demonstrators are a new generation, but they all know what happened in Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989, when the Communist Party crushed a student protest in Beijing with tanks.

September 22, 2014 8 Comments

Murdered in the fight to build a democratic Libya

18-year-old Libyan civil society activist Tawfik Bensaud was killed on Friday, probably by Islamists. His friends are now struggling to keep faith in the democratic state they dream of.

September 16, 2014 11 Comments

The inward-looking rump UK that will follow a yes vote

If Scotland gains independence, the UK’s influence and power will be increasingly consigned to history.

September 6, 2014 No Comments

Inside the shards and rubble of Luhansk airport

As we picked our way through the shards and rubble, we found a discarded DVD case – it was for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “End of Days”. It did indeed look like a scene from

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