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October 6, 2015 No Comments

Syria: catching the bus to Islamic State’s capital

“You can bribe government soldiers if they give you trouble,” said the driver, “but not those guys from Daesh.”


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October 5, 2015 1 Comment

Palmyra: Syrians condemn destruction of ancient site

People sometimes say that foreign journalists make too much of the wanton demolition in historical sites such as Palmyra and Nineveh. People’s lives matter more, they say.

October 1, 2015 3 Comments

Tartus, the town where Syrians believe Putin should be king

In President Assad’s heartland the Russian decision to start air strikes on Syrian rebel positions is being hailed by ordinary people, who hope they mark the beginning of the end of a long

September 7, 2015 46 Comments

Refugees: the myths and the fears

The online abuse I’ve received while covering the refugee and migration crisis is more than any other story I’ve reported.

September 3, 2015 4 Comments

The chaos of EU refugee policy in Hungary

There were scuffles and screams – in the chaos a distraught Syrian man pushed his wife and baby onto the tracks as some kind of desperate protest.

August 24, 2015 20 Comments

Migrants or refugees: what’s the right word?

After I reported on scenes of desperation at the Greece/Macedonia border, there was nearly as much outrage about the use of language as the plight of the people.

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.

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