Tag: Islamic State

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‘Shamima Begum is a victim of terrorism’

In 2015, 15-year-old British citizen Shamima Begum ran away from her life in Bethnal Green, London, with two other classmates to join so-called Islamic State (IS). This month a British reporter from The Times found her at a Syrian refugee camp after fleeing war-torn Baghuz. She’s now 19 and has made a plea to the…

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The Middle East Year in Review

The Middle East has seen tensions rise within the region in 2018. Just when tensions were at an all-time high, the Saudi Arabian dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in October. The finger has been pointed at Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Meanwhile, the vicious Yemeni Civil War between…

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Global roundup 360: 12th January

International coffee price to plummet As the second most traded commodity in the world after oil, the coffee industry is big business, however, due to unusual weather conditions, its price is falling. In Brazil, the country that produces the largest proportion of the world’s coffee, a long rainy season has led to a surplus of…

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An appetite for destruction: Islamic State and the art of the ancient world

Dan Cruickshank’s BBC4 documentary, Civilization under Attack, was thought-provoking, considered, informative, but above all devastatingly moving. When you see Islamic State militants taking sledge-hammers, drills and explosives to the works of art in Iraqi and Syrian museums and historical heritage sites, all you can do is cry. The area was indeed a ‘cradle of civilizations’,…

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Tunisia: A country striving for normality

In January 2011 Tunisia witnessed the birth of the Arab Spring. After 22 years of tyranny under the rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali the people of this country in the North of Africa took to the streets to start a revolution against their leader in the hope of liberal democracy. Unlike just about…

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