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Not a “jihadi bride”, but a female member of Isis

Recently I wrote about the British Court of Appeal’s decision to allow the return of Shamima Begum to fight the Government’s ruling to remove her British citizenship. Begum lives in a squalid Syrian refugee camp. Before that, she spent more than three years under Islamic State rule. We refer to Begum and women like her…
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s untold story

When the helicopter landed on the roof of the Mirror Group Newspapers building on Holborn Circus, the noise was deafening, and you knew that Robert Maxwell, the proprietor of the vast media empire, had arrived at his London office. When they reported his death, a silence fell over the newsroom. The apple doesn’t fall far…
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The joy of solitude

There’s no getting around the fact that 2020 has been a crap year for just about everyone. At the end of February, I went to Toronto to celebrate my father’s birthday, which is on March 2nd. A remarkable man. He died at the end of that month, at the same time as we were discovering…
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Imposter syndrome: why do white American academics pretend to be black?

Jessa Bombalera (above) spent her adult life in a tangled web of deceit and what felt, for some, like betrayal. She is also known as Jessica Krug, the white American professor of African American history who pretended to be black. She recently revealed her deception, causing a media frenzy. Public opinion suggests the Kansas-born Krug…
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Will a new Iraqi law atone for the Yazidi genocide?

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have brutal histories of genocide. The Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia should never happen again. Those words seem to get lost in a miasma of amnesia. It should never happen again, and yet it always does. A recent nationwide survey published in September in the United States found that 25 per cent of…
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