Afghanistan’s looming catastrophe, and how we can stop it

The following article was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 15, 2022. The escalating litany of atrocities being revealed to the world in the Ukraine has almost...

Could better-funded journalism have prevented the pandemic?

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What is so ironic is that had donor governments, foundations, corporations and private individuals with means bothered to support independent news organizations at a time when credible journalism is in crisis with...

Crimes and punishments of radical artists in Putin’s Russia

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“All political prisoners face a Golgotha, a crucifixion,” Krisevich said. “There are thousands of them.” The burning papers in his November 5 performance, Krisevich explained, represent the volumes of indictments fabricated by...

Coronavirus Stories: Letter from London. On the NHS Frontline with COVID fatigue

Working in healthcare is never easy; but working through the Covid-19 pandemic takes all the usual stresses, strains and anxieties and amplifies them by a factor of ten. The...

Ukraine: Putin’s Vietnam

It turns out Ukraine may not be as powerless as everyone thought.  Strategic analysts focusing on the limits of pure military power might draw comparisons between Russian leader Vladimir...

The Gold of Sudan and Good Old-Fashioned Russian Colonialism in Africa

Sudan’s current military regime seized power in a coup d’état on October 25, last year. The coup effectively ended a shaky partnership between a civilian government and the military which had briefly...

Is Assassinating the Latest ISIS Leader Just Cutting Off Hydra’s Head?

This is part of William Dowell's regular Tom's Paine column from America. Just a few days after ISIS terrorist leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blew himself to bits...

Coronavirus Stories: Lessons from the roller coaster life of an Italian ICU nurse

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Tears do not roll easily from the eyes of veteran journalists who have covered death and destruction in many parts of the world. I have reported war and catastrophe in Africa,...

Biden faces new epidemic of gun violence in America

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According to estimates by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey in 2017, Americans own some 393 million firearms, or roughly 40 percent of the privately owned guns on the planet, The US Congress’ Committee on Oversight...