Only the few who have managed to flee the war-torn country can reveal the suffering of those left behind.
There is a specific word for the melancholy of Istanbul. The city is suffering a mighty bout of something like hüzün at the moment.
This week's news, from Erdogan the despot, to memories of Disraeli, and coffee and class.
President Erdogan has hailed the foiling of the coup as a triumph for democracy, but some fear it will serve as a cover to crack down hard on his critics.
Chilcot may have closed the book on the Iraq war; but for the survivors of torture and their families, closure must seem like a distant prospect.
An authoritarian president has been saved by a peoples’ faith in democracy. But he is unlikely to credit them.
Affairs in the country will now be determined by power alone.
Two histories of Isis hope to shed light on the crisis in the Middle East.
As the long-delayed Chilcot report is published, two writers reassess the legacy of the former Labour prime minister.
Scarred by bombs and the rise of jihadists, Iraq has not had a day of real peace since the 2003 invasion.
In Northern Ireland, a new welcome centre looks after Syrian refugees.
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