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February 2020

Viral Conspiracy

Every week I do a programme for American radio. It is an hour-long midweek discussion of world affairs. The other half of the discussion is…


Idlib – Horror and Indifference

Those of us deeply involved in Syrian humanitarian support are swimming against a tide of indifference even as the most horrendous atrocities are happening in…



Stuck In a Car

I have just spent two days in a cramped Vauxhall Astra chauffeuring my brother, his wife, her sister and her brother-in-law. It was an interesting…


Ireland and Brexit – Now What?

Ireland, we were told by Boris Johnson and his coterie of Leave campaigners, was not a problem. It was a non-issue dreamt up by the…


Goodbye Democracy?

It has become a political fact of life that democracy on both sides of the Atlantic is under severe threat. The latest proof of this…