Editorial: How we got to Aleppo

The outpouring of emotion, the shock, the horror, the repeat of those eternal empty words of ‘never again’, has dominated my personal social media feed. In fact, I could be forgiven for assuming everyone in the world is heartbroken by what has taken place, but for the few comments here and there that suggest that, somewhere, the news of Aleppo …

Criticising Israel: The Conceptual Deadlock

  “We had to remove all our belongings and find a place to stay,” she said. “We were shocked with the loss of our eldest son; before we had finished receiving condolences, we were faced with the demolition of our house.”   With much of the world’s attention on Syria and Iraq Israel has exacerbated what was already, by most …

Muhammad Ali: The Man from the Myth

…the nature of adulation in America reinforces ideas inherent to a highly individualistic consumer society. However, beneath even this subtext, lies the stark reality that the stuff Muhammad Ali was made of was and still is repulsive to the modern political order of the world, an order still strewn in a deeply American shadow.

In-Depth: how the response to the Paris attacks made ISIS stronger

Painting a picture with a bloodstained brush intended to cloud and distort all inkling of mutual understanding is the business of information manipulation. The self-described Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are not only masters of disseminating distorted messages through turning vulnerable participants into electronic proxies, but also by using human suffering to paint a particular narrative. The …