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October 26, 2014 2 Comments

Syria: still dreaming of the future after war

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…)

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October 22, 2014 4 Comments

What I’ll remember from four days in Aleppo

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.

October 19, 2014 1 Comment

Armenians in Aleppo regard Turkey as ‘first enemy’

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.

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.

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