Geographies
My Days in Damascus: The Strategy of Minding My Own Business

My Days in Damascus: The Strategy of Minding My Own Business

Farah is a young woman living in Syria’s capital, where she faces the daily struggles of maintaining a normal life in a country being ripped apart by war. More»

King Farouk and Me

King Farouk and Me

The year was 1942 and I was eighteen years old. I was in Cairo on holiday arranged by my mother. She ran a hostel for the expats in Cairo. If I go into detail about mother’s job, I’ll never get to tell how I encountered King Farouk. More»

Pax Europa

Pax Europa

The last time Barack Obama intervened in European politics was during the Brexit referendum campaign. Coming out for the Remain camp, Obama backed the UK’s membership of the EU on the grounds of economic stability. More»

The Refugee Crisis in 2016

The Refugee Crisis in 2016

Last year saw more refugees displaced and more people dying at sea than ever before. We look back at the major milestones and significant policy shifts of 2016. More»

Our Brave New World

Our Brave New World

I am wont, in these days of political turmoil, to find myself lying awake in the empty hours of the night. At such times I often read and reread the columns of Lewis Lapham. This is not only because of his consummate skill as a writer of short essays, but also because his writing from the 1980s, through the early noughties, functions like a sort of core sample of American culture. More»

A Colossal Wreck

A Colossal Wreck

As 2016 comes to an end, we’re hearing a lot of talk about the end of liberal politics, and even democracy itself, after the UK voted for Brexit and Donald Trump won the US election. These two events seem to capture the year. More»

Living in the Margins

Living in the Margins

At the first glance, and even when longer survey has been made, both Paris and Berlin — and these may stand as the representative Continental cities — seem to offer every possible facility for the work of women. More»

The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean for Syria

The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean for Syria

Rebel-held Aleppo was the first casualty of President-elect Donald Trump’s emerging world order. Annia Ciezadlo explains what to expect next in Syria. More»

Jewish Politics in the Age of Trump

Jewish Politics in the Age of Trump

The 2016 presidential race left America more polarized than ever. Also affected were US Jews, not least by an unnerving resurgence of anti-Semitism in the wake of the Trump campaign, which was stoked, many claim, by senior advisor Steve Bannon and the extremist right-wing ideologues of his alt-right base. More»

The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo Is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad

The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo Is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad

For moderate, unarmed rebels, as well as anyone wanted by the government, the rapid and brutal offensive to retake east Aleppo is a sign of what’s to come elsewhere in Syria. More»

Who Leaked Our Precious Bodily Fluids?

Who Leaked Our Precious Bodily Fluids?

The Russian government may or may not have been the source of the Wikileaks revelations that hurt Clinton electorally to an unknown degree. Some sources in the CIA think so, or want us to think so. The Obama Administration, Clinton’s supporters, and large parts of the press concur. Other sources disagree in varying ways. More»

Let’s Not Pretend Scenes of Horror in Eastern Aleppo Are ‘Unexpected’

Let’s Not Pretend Scenes of Horror in Eastern Aleppo Are ‘Unexpected’

The humanitarian crisis in eastern Aleppo is tragic but not unimaginable or surprising – it is the result of years of inaction by the international community, writes Physicians for Human Rights researcher Elise Baker. More»