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August 24, 2015 17 Comments

Migrants or refugees: what’s the right word?

This weekend, after I reported on scenes of desperation at the Greece/Macedonia border as Syrians, Afghans and others scrambled to cross, there was nearly as much outrage about the use of language as the plight of the people.


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August 17, 2015 2 Comments

China: has there been an official cover-up?

The assumption in China these days is that officials lie and cover up whenever there’s an environmental catastrophe.

July 28, 2015 3 Comments

Saif al Islam sentenced to death – but Libyan judicial system is far from fair

The death sentences passed down on eight Gaddafi era officials, including the dictator’s son Saif al Islam, are unlikely to cause much outrage in Libya. In fact, they may be a cause for

July 14, 2015 10 Comments

Today’s Iran deal is a triumph for international diplomacy

The most astonishing aspect of today’s deal on Iran’s nuclear capability is that neither side is negotiating the terms of its defeat.

July 13, 2015 3 Comments

Why an Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences

A deal on Iran’s nuclear programme would be a historic event – but it could come at the expense of angering some of the US’s staunchest allies.

July 10, 2015 8 Comments

There is a corner… mourn but don’t militarise terror deaths

I found myself thinking about Rupert Brooke’s soldier this morning as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and think about British tourists who were murdered in Tunisia.

June 29, 2015 2 Comments

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.

June 26, 2015 6 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.

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