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September 6, 2014 No Comments

Inside the shards and rubble of Luhansk airport

I met some Russian tourists just outside Luhansk airport on Friday. At least, that’s what they said they were as they posed for the camera in their varied uniforms and headgear, weapons proudly displayed.


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September 4, 2014 18 Comments

‘Tell them please don’t think that Putin will stop at Ukraine’

All day long I’ve been watching Ukrainian armour retreat west, writes Lindsey Hilsum, who met a man with a stark warning for Nato leaders meeting in Wales.

Pride and despair along the country roads of Ukraine

This war is damaging lives across Ukraine, far from the cities that usually feature in news reports. Even if a ceasefire comes soon, it will be years before normality returns to peoples’

August 29, 2014 17 Comments

Ukraine: lessons Putin must learn from Russian invasion of Afghanistan

President Putin seems confident as he says one thing and does another – denying Russian soldiers have crossed the border despite overwhelming evidence is classic Soviet doublespeak.

August 26, 2014 3 Comments

Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

Libya’s rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

August 22, 2014 5 Comments

Hamas gunmen execute 18 suspected informers

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza execute 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders.

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.

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.

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