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August 12, 2014 9 Comments

The day Robin Williams saved my bacon

It could have turned into a broadcasting catastrophe if I hadn’t been saved. I was on stage at the TED conference in Carmel, California introducing my panellists for a discussion on new media versus old media.

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July 21, 2014 4 Comments

MH17 disaster: Ukraine’s train of despair

Four days after the shooting down of flight MH17, some forensic work is underway, but the progress has been hampered by the nastiest politics.

July 20, 2014 25 Comments

MH17 – the absence of bodies, valuables and diplomacy

Four days after the downing of flight MH17 this remains the biggest crime scene in the world, with the suspected criminals in charge of guarding it. That is one of the many astonishing facts about

July 19, 2014 16 Comments

At the MH17 crash site: the tragic collision of two worlds

A tragic accident was always going to happen under the inflamed circumstances in this neighbourhood. But who could have imagined an accident like this against this ill-fated airline on such a

July 14, 2014 2 Comments

Proud to be Kraut – but what to do with all those flags?

Now that the football is over, what to do with the millions of German flags, wing mirror decorations, rattles, bottle warmer or coolers?

July 9, 2014 7 Comments

Will Brazil descend into a kind of catatonic, post-traumatic stress?

Defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals may trigger unintended but widely feared consequences in Brazil.

July 7, 2014 No Comments

Attack on teenager shines a light on the plight of France’s Roma

The horrific beating of a Roma teenager last month in a Paris suburb has shocked all of France. But so far no-one has been arrested or charged.

July 2, 2014 No Comments

Is Nicholas Sarkozy facing his Waterloo?

Known for his love of the high life, former President Sarkozy is facing criminal charges over allegations of trying to hush up corruption in a previous presidential campaign.

June 6, 2014 5 Comments

Donetsk – city of phantom states and sullen fatalism

This is a land that refuses to forget. Here in the centre of Donetsk you can still find a statue to Lenin in a square named after him. There is a bust of Karl Marx outside the local college.

June 2, 2014 7 Comments

In Spain the monarchy has to prove it’s worth the money

King Juan Carlos enjoyed high popularity ratings – until his daughter became embroiled in a corruption scandal and he was filmed on safari at the height of Spain’s economic

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