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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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

First published in the Hackney Gazette on 2 March, 2006. 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 … Continue reading

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

First published in the Hackney Gazette on 24 August, 2006.  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 … 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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London raises funds to help war-torn Donbass

A PACKED Islington cafe hosted a fundraising event for hospitals and schools caught in the middle of Ukraine’s civil war. More than 70 people spilled out onto the street to attend an auction at the Blackstock Kitchen, Blackstock Road, to … Continue reading

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