Monthly Archives: April 2015

Reforms, anti-corruption initiatives, and austerity: the Kurdistan Regional Government reaches ‘political maturity’

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Kurdistan’s foreign minister, tackled head-on the regional government’s financial struggles at a briefing in London today (16 April), while noting successes in the fight against ISIS. The Iraqi constitution states that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is … Continue reading

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Poles apart? Life in Britain, from a Polish perspective

Think back to Christmas Eve last year. Millions of us were en route to family, arriving in time for a meal and glass of something, ahead of the big day. But if you are from Poland, the chances are you … Continue reading

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The invisible Muslims

Kamuran Samar’s first memory of being a Muslim is praying with his family, aged eight. He watched them and, like any other child, wanted in on something he was missing out on. He didn’t understand the Arabic spoken during prayers, … Continue reading

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Among the Russians: the fourth anniversary of Angliya newspaper

The address is off Piccadilly Circus. We expect deafening music, a corner of an overcrowded bar. It’s the fourth anniversary party of a newspaper for Russians in the UK. I’m coming along with a colleague who knows the advertising manager. … Continue reading

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You won’t meet these Muslims in a mosque: the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi, in Ridley Road, Dalston

THE dancers are swirling kaleidoscopes of colour, lost in a beautiful, hypnotic music, while hundreds of Hackney’s men, women and children look on in wonder. The ritual is centuries old and during three hours it builds to a crescendo of … Continue reading

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History rarely rests forever: a ramble with Iain Sinclair in Abney Park Cemetery

WHILE Iain Sinclair points out the imposing Egyptian pillars outside the cemetery, which represent the gates of paradise, something remarkable happens. A white hearse rumbles by, up Stamford Hill, followed by a white cortege, with dozens of motorcyclists dressed in … Continue reading

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Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards story I wrote published by South London Press

This was a really great event, held at Portcullis House, at the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, on 18 March. It was organised by Ibrahim Dogus on behalf of the Centre for Kurdish Progress. I’ve known Ibrahim for going on … Continue reading

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