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Osama bin Laden: slippery characters

May 6, 2011


While the world is deciding whether it wants to return Barack Obama to “hero” status after the capture and killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, or bay for his blood for not releasing the “gory, inflammatory” photos of bin Laden’s lifeless, bloodied corpse – one thing seems to be troubling both politicians and reporters […]

Gesundheit! Yì Băi Suì! We all fall down.

February 28, 2011


One of the delights of moving to a new country is learning how to react to events in the local way, with all the things that come with learning a new language. What do you say, for example, if you stub your toe? Get a fright? Or smell something untoward? And my favourite, what you […]

Iran lurking at the heart of Tahrir Square?

February 16, 2011


If you don’t know where Tahrir Square is, then you’ve probably had your head in a bag – at least since 25 January. One of Cairo’s central squares, Tahrir Square is of course where mass opposition protests recently led to the resignation of Egypt’s long-reigning president Hosni Mubarak. Fittingly – although find me a city […]