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As I walked onto Aleppo University Campus I felt I could have been in Beirut or Tunis or any peaceful, mixed city in the Middle East. Girls in headscarves walked alongside those with unfettered locks.
There were boys in skinny jeans and older men, presumably teachers, in jacket and tie. An old man wandered around selling tiny cups of bitter Arabic coffee as the students chatted before going into their afternoon classes. (more…)
Power cuts, stopped clocks and no school: just another day in the life of the people of Aleppo, which has been devastated by Syria’s war.
At least half of Aleppo’s Armenians have left the country. Once again, their community is divided and endangered. And once again, they regard Turkey as the chief cause of their problems.
The physical damage to Aleppo is shocking, but the destruction of people’s lives will be much harder to repair.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.