Lindsey Hilsum on International Affairs

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September 27, 2016 No Comments

Presidential debate: the verdict on campus


I watched the Presidential debate with about 100 students at Stony Brook University, Long Island, where I’m on a one-semester fellowship. At least here they were allowed to cheer and clap, unlike the live audience at Long Island’s other university, Hofstra, where the debate took place. But passions ran less high than I might have expected.


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November 19, 2015 72 Comments

We cover bomb attacks in Beirut too but you show less interest

I’m just back from Paris – exhausted and not a little upset by what I saw and heard. One of the few good things to come out of these bleak few days is the sudden interest in atrocities

October 19, 2015 2 Comments

Britain and China: 200-year-old lesson learnt, but is it too late?

Britain is going all out to get Chinese investment and to increase British exports, but the Chinese are pragmatic too. They’ll invest where they will get a good return and import the best

October 6, 2015 1 Comment

Syria: catching the bus to Islamic State’s capital

“If you have a young man of army age in your bus or someone they think is a spy, there’s nothing you can do. They take them off the bus, beat them and send them back to

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 4 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 49 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.

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