Middle East
24 April 2008
Coach Abdul Saboor Walizada should have had a face like thunder. His international side were 10-0 down at half-time,...
Europe
03 January 2008
The class began badly. "Como se llama?" the teacher asked hopefully. I was stumped. I might have been living in '...
Society
15 November 2007
Ten minutes before the start of the Lebanese football season and the 60,000-capacity Beirut Sports City Stadium was...
World Affairs
20 September 2007
The phone call came at 7pm, just after I'd clambered into a bath. "Sir, there's been an earthquake in Sumatra: 8.2,"...
Global Issues
28 June 2007
Iran and Iraq battled out an attritional stalemate, Lebanon succumbed to Syria's superior attacking prowess. Palestine...
Society
07 June 2007
The scene was idyllic, like something out of a Center Parcs brochure. In the pine forest of Tel Aviv's huge Hayarkon...
Middle East
26 March 2007
It wasn't a particularly reassuring introduction to Iraqi Kurdistan. Standing outside Erbil International Airport, I...
Middle East
06 November 2006
A few miles off the coast of Iraq, two quick seacraft dock and spill their dozen or so troops on to the USCGC Wrangell...
Ideas
04 September 2006
From a distance, it seemed as if nothing had changed. In the dawn light at the Nad Al Sheba racetrack on the outskirts...
Food and Drink
05 June 2006
"I don't really understand what all these old men and women are talking about," protested the dishdashed civil servant...
Sport
24 April 2006
Dressed in a brown jacket, faded blue jeans and a Paisley hijab, Tala addresses the tee, pauses, and hits another ball...
International Politics
13 February 2006
You have to feel sorry for Thomas Bay. The affable Danish consul and trade commissioner to Dubai has arguably one of...
Middle East
16 January 2006
It has been a sad couple of weeks in politics. Tony Banks and Charles Kennedy's careers both expired, albeit in...
Music and Performance
12 September 2005
He's hounded by the world's press, comes from a large dysfunctional family and has seen his name dragged through the...
Society
10 November 2003
To call Luciano Gaucci, president of the Italian Serie A football club Perugia, an eccentric would be an understatement...

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