In Sudan during the 1980s there was a comment you used to hear a lot whenever bad news arrived. “When God made the Sudan,” someone would say, “He laughed.” Then it got adapted. At the school where I was teaching, a student painted a message on the outside wall of the staff room…
Friday 13 January. Indian officials announce the start of the world’s longest river cruise, from Varanasi to Assam via Kolkata. Environmentalists have…
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Some tortures devised by humans are fiendishly clever. I don’t mean the type you can find in the Museo de la Tortura in Toledo. That institution holds…
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How is it that human groups frequently divide into two competing factions, neither of which ever quite manages to achieve full destruction of the other…
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In the 1970s in the UK, the best day of my childhood year came on November 5th. Using earnings from my newspaper delivery round I would secretly buy…
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27 October 2022: The seven largest oil companies in the world have reportedly made over $150 billion in profits so far this year. 25 October: A UN…
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What kind of government do we want? And what kind do we deserve? Looking back in history, it seems that people were more prepared to experiment…
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Are there any countries you would not visit for moral reasons? Iran and Afghanistan maybe, for their appalling treatment of women? Brazil on account of…
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