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Child’s-eye view of the refugee ‘problem’

  • The exhibition of children’s paintings of mass violence at Marseille’s Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations is a stunningly soul-crushing lesson in the horror of war and the impact of such violence on child refugees. Children, some in the first decade of their lives, put on paper...
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NATO powers have an obligation to help Afghan refugees

  • Pity those who flee. Pray for those who remain. How many times have those terrifying pleas occupied our minds over recent decades? Once again, a protracted conflict that already has witnessed so much loss and destruction sees the desperate risking all to save all. The indelible image of the you...
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The fall of Kabul and the US failure in Afghanistan

  • When superpowers exit via helicopter, their embarrassed tails between their legs, the world watches aghast. It happened in April 1975, as US helicopters rescued the last of their embassy staff in Saigon as part of Operation Frequent Wind. US Marines even used their rifle butts to stop desperate...
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Give Tokyo a gold for its Olympics heroics

  • In 1940, Tokyo was due to host the 12th Olympiad but had to pull out two years beforehand due the second Sino-Japanese war. That the Japanese capital did not cancel the 2020 Olympics in the midst of yet another global crisis is some story. Japan had declared a state of national emergency, and e...
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Extreme weather requires an extreme response

  • As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan toured the scenes of devastation caused by wildfires in Marmaris, he gently lobbed boxes of tea from his bus door to those affected. No doubt he meant well, but this encapsulated the global political reaction to extreme weather events and climate change...
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How Ben & Jerry’s gave Israel its just deserts

  • The decision of ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s to end its agreement with its Israeli licensee has caused a major meltdown among the Israeli government and its anti-Palestinian supporters. The company acted because it wanted to stop any sales of its products in illegal settlements. Despite ...
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Two years of Johnson and UK’s biggest question remains

  • Many people, and not just British, found it hard to imagine what a Boris Johnson premiership would be like. Two years later and many will be giving their interim assessments. Has he lived up to the hype of his fans or to the doom-laden fears of his critics? The comparisons with Donald Trump a...
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Middle East needs region-wide plan to tackle climate change

  • As western Canada and the northwestern US melt under a heat dome and as record temperatures are recorded in the Arctic, the climate change deniers should be in full retreat. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that man-made climate change is occurring and that the consequences are serious a...
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Merkel’s mixed results in the Middle East

  • After more than a decade and a half at the helm of Europe’s largest and most potent state, Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the last few months of office. She is a rarity; one of the few major global leaders to attract widespread respect, even from her opponents. Merkel has put Germany at the ce...
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Russia-UK clash highlights reality of new cold war

  • When two nuclear powers flex their military muscles at a historical conflict fault line, the world should sit up and pay attention. Different narratives have been circulating as to what happened off the Crimean Peninsula last week, but what is clear is that Russian forces tried to intimidate th...
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