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Interview with David Hirst

By Allston Mitchell in Features, September 2, 2018

The veteran Middle East journalist talks to The Global Dispatches about his new book “Beware of Small States”. A history of Lebanon and the Middle East, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hizbullah and Hamas wars of today.

Withnail & I – 25 Years On

By Feidhlim de Frein in Arts and Culture,

It’s one of the most-loved of all British films. It’s almost certainly the most-quoted one. And its popularity has never been greater. So why have so many people never heard of it?

Iconography of the Annunciation

By Raffaela Fazio Smith in Arts and Culture, September 1, 2018

The history of the Annunciation and its iconography in Early Christian Art

Travels with Ibn Battutah

By Tim Mackintosh-Smith in Features,

Yemen-based writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith talks to TGD about Landfalls, the third and final volume of a trilogy describing his journeys round the world in the footsteps of the inveterate 14th century Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah.

Turkey’s Elections

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics, May 1, 2018

On 24 June, both presidential and parliamentary elections will take place in Turkey. With less than two months to go, the country is in campaign mood. The discussions range from the candidates, the election alliances, strategies and agendas, as if Turkey were still a country with fair elections.

Relaunching French –a very messy business

By Alessio Colonnelli in Arts and Culture, April 28, 2018

By 2050, Africa will be home to 85% of all French-speakers. Consider: more people speak French in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital city, than in Paris.

Who is the winner in post-ISIS Syria?

By Seyed Ali Alavi in Politics,

ISIS may have been defeated, but the battle for Syria’s political soul is far from over.

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

By L K Sharma in Features, April 26, 2018

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

Russia haunts the western imagination

By Ivan Krastev in Politics,

The dividing line between authoritarian Russia and liberal democracies is growing ever thinner.

The Aral Sea Disaster

By Liu Zichao in Environment,

Liu Zichao visits the lunar landscapes of Uzbekistan and realises the terrifying power of environmental disaster.