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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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Shopping is one of the last joys left in our troubled world. Retail will change – but it won’t disappear

Just when I thought I might survive Brexit, or at least survive not being pushed over the cliff edge by deals, no deals, hard borders, second referendums, and resignations, Asos issues a profit warning. The announcement by one of the world’s leading online retailers aimed at Millennials sent shares plunging by as much as 43…
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Glittering Moscow proves the Russians have left Communism behind them

I arrived in Moscow thirty years too late. Except for the five red stars over the Kremlin, any vestige of Communism was obliterated by the time I took my first trip to the Russian Federation in October 2018. I walked from my Stalin-era ‘penthouse’, read over-heated top floor flat, that used to house Party apparatchiks…
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Why I’ve stopped reading the news

Doom descended pre-dawn on 24th June 2016, and the existential angst hasn’t lifted since the referendum result. A few months earlier, I thought we had hit rock bottom when Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party. Then Donald Trump became president, and the Dystopian nightmare became a reality. This year, just when you…
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