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May 13, 2015 2 Comments

Burundi: memories of a coup as a young journalist

The news of today’s coup in Burundi brought back memories of a similar coup in 1987. It was long before social media and mobile phones, so I only realised something was awry when, driving back into the capital Bujumubra, I found a log across the road.


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Cameroon: working to banish Boko Haram terror and tempt back tourists

Cameroon’s government is working hard to banish the memories of the havoc caused by Boko Haram extremists who terrorised the north of the country for the last two years.

April 14, 2015 4 Comments

Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

Labour and the Tories say they’ll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?

April 4, 2015 11 Comments

Islamic State destruction of history spreads to ancient city of Hatra

We are running out of words to describe the vandals of the Islamic State (IS) who not only show merciless cruelty to the living but are seeking to destroy the heritage left by the long dead. A new

April 3, 2015 4 Comments

‘Victory for us': interpreting Iran’s nuclear agreement

Unlike the US, the Iranians are not releasing fact sheets about the scale of nuclear reduction because they would rather be a little vague on the compromises they’ve made.

April 1, 2015 3 Comments

The Rolex ticks at Iran nuclear talks

Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool’s Agreement.

March 31, 2015 1 Comment

Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences for US

For the Saudis, Iran – not Islamic State – is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.

March 30, 2015 No Comments

Iran nuclear talks: another 36 hours to make harmony

The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.

March 29, 2015 4 Comments

Nuclear deal: Netanyahu’s call to halt ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis’

Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran’s nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.

March 16, 2015 5 Comments

On the front line of Islamic State’s war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: “Destroy the Idols”. Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

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