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Syria: The Raw Material; by TE Lawrence, 12 March, 1917

The following report, by the officer who became known as Lawrence of Arabia, reveals how what is known today as Syria was, and perhaps still is, a collection of very different groups, divided by mountains; trade; politics; religion; and ethnicity, … 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 If you spot anything wildly out of date, let me know on Twitter @JGWillsher or email jamesgwillsher@hotmail.co.uk Continue reading

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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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An audience with Boris Johnson: the Mayor meets London’s Turks

City Hall, London: invitation to a reception for London’s Turks, hosted by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, himself of Turkish ancestry, an Ottoman minister for a great-grandfather. We queue for bags and briefcases to be searched at the ground floor check-in … Continue reading

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