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

‘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 […]

Aid workers adjust to increasing violence in Lebanon

This article was published by IRIN, the UN’s press service, on March 3 BEIRUT, 3 March 2014 (IRIN) – A few weeks ago, the head of security for a charity in Lebanon got the kind of call you never want to get. “One of our staff has been kidnapped,” the voice on the other end […]

Child labor climbs among Iraqi refugees in Lebanon

This article was published by IRIN, the UN’s press service, on February 4 BEIRUT, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) – Ali Al Wasate may only be 13, but he has been forced to grow up. No longer in school, he has begun the painstaking search for work to help his family pay the bills in Beirut, […]

Lebanon wary as Hague trial begins

This article was published by IRIN on 15 January These are worrying times for Lebanon; in late December a bomb exploded in the capital, Beirut, killing a former finance minister as well as at least four others. Days later, on 2 January, a car bomb in a southern suburb of the city killed five. Though […]

‘These kids have nothing. They come here to forget’

This article was originally featured in The Times Education Supplement The clouds in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region may be darkening as the winter storms set in, but Ahmed Saab shows few signs of negativity. Gesticulating widely, he swings open a door to a room full of smiling children, who promptly stand to greet their headteacher. […]