Six hours at the Israel-Gaza checkpoint

I spent six hours at the main checkpoint between Israel and Gaza. Here is what I saw.

RIP Almigdad Mojalli – a wonderful journalist and friend

UPDATE: A fund has been set up for Almigdad’s family. Anyone who wants to please donate here This morning I received the devastating news that Almigdad Mojalli, a Yemeni journalist who had written for a whole range of media – both Western and Yemeni – was killed, seemingly by a Saudi airstrike. While I am no […]

US ‘will not use’ depleted uranium in Syria or Iraq

UPDATE: February 15 2017. After Airwars and Foreign Policy revealed that in fact the US has started using Depleted Uranium, I was asked by a couple of people for the full quotes where they pledged not to use it. In the interests of transparency I  produce them in full below. Q1: Given that A10s have carried […]

Interactive Maps – Female Genital Mutilation and the ICC’s Dubious Record

A couple of quick interactive maps I have published in recent weeks – one showing rates of female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East and the showing every ICC case globally. Ones for the data nerds… http://newirin.irinnews.org/extras/2015/2/5/fgm-female-genital-mutiliation-map http://newirin.irinnews.org/extras/2015/1/19/palestine-and-the-icc-a-long-way-to-go

Afghanistan trip – October 2014

I recently returned from a 16-day reporting trip to Afghanistan. Here are some of the stories I wrote. Will post the rest of the links when they are published. Photos also mine. Afghanistan: Uphill struggle for female aid workers When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger […]

The case for ignoring ISIS’ murders

A piece I wrote for Huffington Post. Original can be read here. The central square of a major Syrian city. Two dozen bodies are piled high, limbs distorted, faces contorted and mutilated. The remaining local residents swarm by, encouraged by the murderers to view the price of resistance. One witness records the scene, describing it […]

Gaza blockade – no signs of loosening

This article was published by IRIN, a press service funded by the UN, on September 2 Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards. NGOs are eager to increase aid to the Palestinian […]

Special report: Lebanese-Brazilians

I have recently completed a month-long trip to Brazil in which I was reporting extensively on the Lebanese-Brazilian diaspora (and watching the World Cup!) For those that don’t know, there are perhaps twice as many Brazilians of Lebanese descent as there are people inside Lebanon itself. They are also hugely powerful and economically successful. As […]

‘This generation of Syrians may be lost if we don’t get help’

This article originally appeared in the Times Education Supplement Elias Bou Saab, Lebanon’s new minister of education, does not mince his words. “Without more support, the Lebanese education system may collapse. It is that serious,” he says. The population of the small Middle Eastern country, home to just over 4 million citizens, has swollen by […]