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September 15, 2014 29 Comments

Scots referendum: how democratic is the process?

It nearly happened to Canada in 1995 – Quebec failed to go independent by about 1 per cent in a referendum.

But then Canada had been bequeathed the same strange constitutional settlement by which we have lived down the centuries – unwritten and often even uncertain.

So it is that Britain itself faces a reality that a simple majority in this referendum will decide whether the country breaks up or not.

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September 12, 2014 14 Comments

Ian Paisley, one bride, and four political enemies

It was the mid-1970s. In my taxi, alongside Ian Paisley, I’d got a clean sweep of some of Northern Ireland’s most hostile political rivals.

September 11, 2014 12 Comments

Our obligation to the memory of the victims of 9/11

Have we learned from 9/11? From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region for over three decades, my fear is that we have not.

September 7, 2014 11 Comments

Iran begins to emerge from three decades of isolation

Iran’s Chief Negotiator Abbas Araghchi tells me that there is a genuine negotiating bond of respect with the United States, but the negotiations are hard.

September 3, 2014 12 Comments

Islamic State turning old enemies into new allies

Amid the rise of and widespread exhibition of the vile inhumanity of the Islamic State, has been the tender opening of dialogue between two vast regional enemies – Iran and Saudi Arabia.

August 26, 2014 13 Comments

My grandfather the WWI general: a hero, not a donkey

My grandfather was a heroic figure who understood his own shortcomings, but was candid too about the terrible failures of those directing the war from Whitehall.

August 4, 2014 36 Comments

From Mons to Gaza, war is a catastrophic waste

My grandfather, a WWI officer, led the retreat from Mons in 1914. 100 years on, my work as a journalist has left me with a vivid picture of the grave suffering that war brings.

July 28, 2014 7 Comments

First in to see Mackintosh’s damaged masterpiece, Glasgow School of Art

A huge fired ravaged parts of the world-famous Glasgow School of Art on 23 May. Jon Snow returns two months later to see the damage for himself and hear about the renovation plans.

July 25, 2014 44 Comments

In Hebrew: Gaza’s ‘birthplace of saints and death-yard of angels’

We publish in Hebrew Jon Snow’s account of the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.

Leaving Gaza and ‘a terrible catalogue of devastation’

A temporary ceasefire in the conflict allows Jon Snow and other journalists to leave Gaza’s deserted streets by bus.

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