Category Archives: Middle East

Eid al-Fitr for Syrians in Saidon: Assad’s eyes are everywhere

Youssef looked disgusted. “I cannot look at him”, he said, of the president of his country, Bashar al-Assad. It was the eve of Eid al-Fitr in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. The 28-year-old carpenter from Latakia in Syria knew … Continue reading

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Gaziantep’s restaurateur from Palmyra

In the Orjinal Halep Lokantasi, paper-thin bread is singeing on a hot metal plate. The baker smoothes spicy muhamarra – crushed nuts and peppers –across the oval and covers it with flutters of salty cheese. This hot, thin sandwich is … Continue reading

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The bizarre charade of Merkel’s refugee camp visit

It is difficult to create original stories or interesting copy from press junkets. There is an inherent difficulty in writing on occasions organised by people whose job it is to control the media. But there was something altogether more bizarre … Continue reading

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Shawkan ‘sad and hopeless’ as trial further delayed until April

An Egyptian court yesterday pushed back the trial of a man arrested for taking photographs, extending his pre-trial detention to nearly 1,000 days. Mahmoud Abu Zeid – better known as Shawkan – is a photojournalist being held in Cairo’s Tora Prison, … Continue reading

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Syria’s five year anniversary: voices from the displaced

Five years of war in Syria and what do we have now ? A broken country, a broken population, resentment towards people who deserve only compassion, a slipslide between dictators and extremists in what was one of the most beautiful … Continue reading

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