Category Archives: London

William Dalrymple book launch: Return of a King

When NATO forces leave Afghanistan next year, India, Pakistan and even China could make it a theatre for their own proxy wars and interests, bestselling historian William Dalrymple told a London audience, based on researches for his most recent book. … Continue reading

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Russia and Ukraine: how social media is the new espionage, finance, recruiter, propaganda and weaponry of modern warfare

Both sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict are using civilian populations as a military resource to fund, hack, spy, spread propaganda and enlist through social networks, a Kensington audience heard. Gregory Asmolov, a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, … Continue reading

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Russophobia Today, recolonisation, and David Lynch’s Dune: history repeats itself (again) in new Afghanistan spymaster biography

The controversial former British ambassador to Uzbekistan has warned that Russia and the West keep rehearsing the same parts they’ve played for the past 200 years; and that a famous portrait of a legendary British secret agent in Afghanistan isn’t … Continue reading

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Dagestan, Game of Thrones, and a Gorbachev adviser: a Russian afternoon in London

Russia has its own Commonwealth, administered by the Rossotrudnichestvo state agency, with a UK office just off Kensington High Street. Upstairs to the first floor, through a door and a group are registering with a young woman and a laptop. … Continue reading

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Season’s greetings from Kosovo

The ambassador opens the front door, so of course my mind goes blank. Debrett’s said something about a particular use of Your Excellency, but I can’t remember what. He smiles and shakes my hand, I mumble something and hurry down … Continue reading

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List of non-English language news media in London

In 2007 I began making a list of all the London-based newspapers, magazines, newsletters, radio and television stations in London aimed at the capital’s extraordinarily diverse communities. I did this by walking everywhere, going into shops, cafes, community centres, asking people and so on. Somali tea I can heartily recommend, and also Albanian cuisine, among other delights encountered along the way.

It was a full-time job keeping it up to date, and since then Facebook groups and other social media have emerged to rival these more traditional news media. I hope it proves of use to someone, somewhere. If you spot anything wildly out of date, let me know on Twitter @JGWillsher or email jamesgwillsher@hotmail.co.uk 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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