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August 20, 2014 7 Comments

James Foley: the danger is this murder will not be the last

Nothing is happening by chance. If we characterise militants from Islamic State as simply barbaric and savage we are failing to understand their strategy or the extent of the danger they pose. Their cruelty has a purpose.


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August 19, 2014 1 Comment

Islamic State: how western policy is scrambling to catch up

Some say the US and Europe should, while holding their noses, embrace Assad. That may not only be distasteful but also self-defeating: Assad has engineered this situation.

August 15, 2014 No Comments

Who is Iraq’s new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi?

The barbarians are inside the property. The task is urgent, but the changes needed will take many months and years. Haider al-Abadi has an all but impossible task.

August 13, 2014 No Comments

Ancient Yazidi culture faces attempted genocide – again

Heirs to a fascinating and idiosnycratic religion, the Yazidi community of Iraq has faced countless attempts at oppression, but its current plight could be the most dangerous yet.

August 12, 2014 5 Comments

It’s complicated: who’s on whose side in Syria and Iraq

There are so many different power blocs and interest groups in Iraq and Syria that it is almost impossible to predict where events might lead.

August 11, 2014 No Comments

Iraq: the last days of Maliki?

As long as Nouri al Maliki refuses to step down, the Iraqi government is doing no governing at all, let alone getting a grip on the military disaster to the north.

August 4, 2014 No Comments

One of the unsung heroes of world war one

Remy Himmer was the director of a textile factory in Dinant, who in 1914 attempted to save the lives of more than 40 employees, including women and children.

‘I remember the sound of their boots marching past’

Now 103, the last survivor of the German army’s most notorious WWI war crime remembers her father’s words: “If you don’t obey, the Germans will kill you.”

August 1, 2014 7 Comments

Thought WWI was history? In the Middle East, think again

Europeans may think WWI is history, but people in the Arab world are still living with the fury and violence the conflict caused.

July 30, 2014 6 Comments

Poverty is at the root of west Africa’s ebola crisis

The fact that a Cobra meeting is being held on Wednesday is the reason the deadly disease is unlikely to take hold in the UK. It also explains why it has spread so fast in west Africa.

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