This is the Way the World Ends

Photo: Wikipedia

As the Syrian conflict drags on, it becomes possible to speculate about how it might end.  As the first major conflict to emerge in a world context of universal communication and limitless reproduction of the stories and imagery of war, it has cemented itself in the imagination like no other conflict of recent times.  This… Continue Reading ➤

Why Putin was right to annex Crimea

The Resurrection Church in the Crimean resort of Foros, commisioned by Russian 'Tea King' Alexander Kuznetsov

One year on, and we still keep hearing about the Russian annexation of Crimea. Doubtless the situation in Eastern Ukraine has continued to add fuel to the fire and keep the story in the press, but the media still concentrates a lot on the situation in the peninsula. Illegal as it may have been, however, there… Continue Reading ➤

Withdrawal Symptoms: The struggle for Aceh ten years after the tsunami

Women soldiers of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) pose with commander Abdullah Syafei'i in 1999 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The first step in any recovery programme is admitting there is a problem. Aceh, Indonesia’s northern, gas rich, conservative province, however, has struggled to do so.  Ironically, these problems were caused by the very solutions created in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 to address the three decades of separatist conflict and… Continue Reading ➤