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July 22, 2014 2 Comments

What is Hamas trying to achieve in Gaza?

There are efforts in this region to broker a truce: US secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo – declaring Hamas has “a fundamental choice to make” – it should stop firing rockets.


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July 21, 2014 3 Comments

Searching for the truth about MH17

The nuttiest conspiracy theory I’ve seen so far has it that flight MH17 was full of the bodies of those who died on flight MH370, the aircraft that disappeared over the Indian Ocean back in

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

William Hague, Angelina Jolie and British imperial decline

There was a reason why outgoing foreign secretary William Hague teamed up with the film star in the campaign to end warzone rape.

July 3, 2014 23 Comments

Palestinians, Israelis and an eye for an eye: why it never stops

“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith The Lord.” It’s not often I’m moved to quote the New Testament but it seems appropriate here in the Holy Land where no-one takes any

June 27, 2014 No Comments

Fear and loathing in Baghdad

I was in Baghdad in 2003, filming “shock and awe”. Despite the violence, it was a time of hope. But now the Iraqi capital is riven by terrorism and state-sponsored violence.

June 26, 2014 3 Comments

Salwa Bugaighis: Libyan human rights activist who took on Gaddafi

The Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis has been shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in Benghazi on the day of the country’s general election.

June 25, 2014 9 Comments

Karbala’s holy shrines, under threat from Isis

It was all too easy to imagine the carnage and devastation if the extremists of Isis try to carry out their threat to attack the most holy place in Shia Islam.

June 23, 2014 2 Comments

The Iraqi sheikh who wants the British ‘to stand by us’

Sheikh Mustafa Jboori has seen enough strife in Iraq, but thinks the current crisis is worse than 2006 – and Saddam Hussein.

June 10, 2014 4 Comments

Why we must recognise the needs of the children of rape

This week’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict must show that helping the children of rape is as important as acknowledging the suffering of their mothers.

May 1, 2014 2 Comments

The rolling stone that changed rock and pop forever

Bob Dylan’s 1965 song “Like a Rolling Stone” changed rock and pop forever. Now fans have their chance to get their hands on musical history as the original pages to its lyrics

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