In the ruins of Cizre

The smell of burned flesh permeated the basement, but inside there was little that could be identified as human at all. The walls were blackened by flames and only some small bone fragments remained; the smell was still thick, clinging to clothes and body alike.

http://www.dw.com/en/kurds-make-ends-meet-in-the-ruins-of-cizre/a-19115774

March 15, 2016

‘Erdogan wants to silence all opposition media’

Tom Stevenson talks to Can Dundar , the editor of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper held in solitary confinement for his revelation of arms smuggling into Syria.

http://www.dw.com/en/erdogan-wants-to-silence-all-opposition-media/a-19100896?maca=en-rss_top_news-13961-xml-mrss

March 8, 2016

The rise and falter of HDP

Tom Stevenson talks to Ertugrul Kurkcu, the former head of the HDP.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/rise-and-falter-turkeys-hdp-1149857874

February 16, 2016

“Winter offensive” in south-east Turkey

Thousands left Sur, the historic walled center of Diyarbakir, on Wednesday clutching suitcases and the few possessions they could carry. On their way out residents filed past groups of Turkish soldiers and the armoured vehicles they will soon use to bulldoze their way through streets and homes alike in their fight against Kurdish militants holed up in the city.

http://www.dw.com/en/death-and-destruction-in-diyarbakir/a-19009781

January 28, 2016

Human Remains 629667

For most of US history no one much cared that Latinos were entering the country and driving the economy of the south-west. In the 1920s the US introduced restrictive immigration laws but it didn’t have Latinos in mind: the perceived dangers were ‘inassimilable’ Italians and Eastern European Jews. During the Second World War the government laid on trains to bring thousands of Mexican labourers across the border to work on farms and ensure food security.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n22/tom-stevenson/diary

November 19

Egypt’s fig leaf elections keep business elite on side

The first round of Egypt’s much delayed parliamentary elections have ended. Local interest has been circumscribed, but the elections and indeed the parliament itself are still set to form a useful fig leaf for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime while keeping the business community on side.

http://www.thisisafricaonline.com/News/Egypt-s-fig-leaf-elections-keep-business-elite-on-side?ct=true

October 28

The disappearance of Amr Ali

Last month, the leader of one of Egypt’s best known opposition movements disappeared.

Amr Ali, 32, was taken from his home in Shebeen el-Kom in the Menoufia governorate north of Cairo at around 5pm on 22 September.Amr is the head of the April 6 Youth Movement, a group that was the central mobilising force behind Egypt’s 2011 uprisings, and that is often credited with having played a critical role in forcing the country’s former president Hosni Mubarak out of office.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/disappearance-amr-ali-1845747677#sthash.qXgnjC5h.dpuf

October 21

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