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June 29, 2015 1 Comment

Syria: where will the pieces fall?

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put Syria together again. So now neighbouring countries are preparing to intervene, to ensure that they control the fragments on their border.


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June 26, 2015 5 Comments

General Karenzi: bluster and fury won’t change the law

I have never heard President Kagame of Rwanda so angry. As he addressed parliament in Kigali yesterday his words dripped with fury and venom.

Rwandan spy chief General Karenzi granted bail

Rwanda’s intelligence chief has been granted bail by a London court – after he refused consent to his extradition to Spain over alleged war crimes.

June 22, 2015 3 Comments

UK arrests one of Rwanda’s most senior military officers

The detention of General Emmanuel Karake Karenzi will strain relationships between Rwanda and the UK. He is expected to go before a court on Thursday.

June 17, 2015 No Comments

Life under Islamic State: the devotion of some young Syrians

“Were you afraid of Jihadi John?” “No, because I’m a Muslim. He was right to kill those journalists because they were all spies under the cover of journalism.”

June 16, 2015 2 Comments

Islamic State: Syrian child refugees’ reflections

“Islamic State is good,” said 15 year old Mohammed. “The girls don’t like it because they have to cover up but that’s right in Islam.”

June 15, 2015 4 Comments

‘Marlboro Man’ Belmokhtar killed – but the jihadi threat is growing

The killing near Benghazi of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, al-Qaeda’s top man in north Africa, is unlikely to quell the rising jihadi movement in Libya and the surrounding region.

June 5, 2015 3 Comments

Risks and lies on the road to Europe

The African migrants I met in the Misrata detention centre have a lot in common with journalists and politicians – just look at their attitude to risk and their relationship with the

June 4, 2015 6 Comments

Do you blame the migrant men in Misrata?

In the hierachy of sympathy, young African men come right at the bottom. Migrant children or women might be victims, but men? They can look after themselves.

June 3, 2015 4 Comments

Could Libya’s 4 x 4 daredevils drive out the Islamic State?

They perform dangerous turns in 4x4s on the sand dunes of Misrata. But what chance Libya’s young men will turn their testosterone to fight a new enemy, more dangerous than Gadaffi?

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