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April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land

What is it about April? April inspires thoughts of birds chirping, rebirth and hope. It inspired ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth when he saw a “long belt” of daffodils on 15 April 1802. But T.S. Eliot may have been on to something more profound when he wrote in his epic poem,…
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Burundi: the humanitarian crisis we’ve all forgotten

There’s not a celebrity in sight to champion the world’s most undervalued humanitarian crisis in the world. Never heard of Burundi? Not surprising. The statistics make you want to weep. It’s ranked last in the World Happiness Report. It’s the second most impoverished nation on earth, with over 70 per cent of the population living…
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Sajid Javid can’t be blamed for the tragic death of Shamima Begum’s baby

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is not responsible for the death of Shamima Begum’s third child, regardless of what Labour shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, claims. As this story slips from the headlines, it’s a good time to remember the plight of the vulnerable when they are displaced. The story of Begum, the ISIS bride,…
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“Dispatches from the Kabukl Café” by Heidi Kingstone – Reviewed by British Defence writer Georgina Natzio

“Dispatches from the Kabukl Café” by Heidi Kingstone Reviewed by British Defence writer Georgina Natzio Finding Your Way Round Kabul The following comments were stimulated by Heidi Kingstone’s “Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe.” Heidi is a Canadian journalist who spent four years in Afghanistan based in Kabul just getting around and alongside the folk you…
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Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Can we beat it?

When I first moved to London, people would ask how anyone could afford to live here. From a Canadian perspective, the prices were astronomical. I’m not sure I ever had a concrete answer except to say that somehow we managed. The other question was, “are the British anti-Semitic?” I had more of an answer to…
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It’s great that celebs like Angelina Jolie want to help the poor. But how useful are their visits to Africa?

It’s a classic image: a movie star, often but not always white, smiles benevolently as little black African children grin back. A phalanx of imposing-looking military minders in flak jackets holding machine guns protect the VIP, while, inevitably, a local woman with an oversized sack balanced on her head completes the photo op. Behind the…
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