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How we launched Thatcher’s ‘Privatisation’ word in the FT in 1979, Notebook

How we launched Thatcher’s ‘Privatisation’ word in the FT in 1979

One of Margaret Thatcher’s most significant legacies is privatisation – not only for introducing the policy itself, but also for adding the word into the world’s every-day vocabulary. Her death this week seems a good moment to recount how we launched the word on July 28 1979 in The Financial Times.
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By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 11 April 2013 at 7:34 am

Free Syrian Army launches investigation into arrest of The Yellow Man of Aleppo, The Foreign Desk

Free Syrian Army launches investigation into arrest of The Yellow Man of Aleppo

The Free Syrian Army has launched an investigation into the arrest of “The Yellow Man of Aleppo” – a local celebrity who was detained by rebels in the city last week.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 at 8:06 pm

Is the Bangladeshi Spring morphing into a national Islamophobia?, The Foreign Desk

Is the Bangladeshi Spring morphing into a national Islamophobia?

Almost 42 years since Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan, the ghosts of the bloody 1971 liberation war still haunt the nation. The bloodletting, rape and torture inflicted by Pakistani militias prevent many Bengalis to this day from treating the country’s road to freedom as just a tragic tale of the past.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 10:00 pm

Syrians put “non-lethal aid” to use, The Foreign Desk

Syrians put “non-lethal aid” to use

Days after William Hague announced that Britain would be sending “non-lethal aid” to Syria’s opposition, a video has been uploaded online showing it being put to use.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 12:03 pm

Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ reimagined in a warzone, The Foreign Desk

Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ reimagined in a warzone

Syrian-born artist Tammam Hazzam superimposed Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss on a devastated, bullet-ridden building somewhere in Syria.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 11:25 pm

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution, The Foreign Desk

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Two disturbing videos have emerged in recent days that highlight two different battles being fought in Egypt’s on-going revolution.

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 3 February 2013 at 4:25 pm

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims, The Foreign Desk

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims

One year ago today, on a bitterly cold winter evening, a Turkish fighter jet attacked a group of its own citizens who were crossing the border from Iraq. A total of 34 civilians were killed, most of them children.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 11:05 am

As the Mexican economy takes off, new president Enrique Pena-Nieto has a shot at redemption, Notebook

As the Mexican economy takes off, new president Enrique Pena-Nieto has a shot at redemption

Sleek and telegenic, Mexico’s Enrique Pena-Nieto was sworn in as president for a six-year term on Saturday. It’s been five long months since Mr Pena-Nieto won the presidential elections amid allegations of fraud and protests.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 3 December 2012 at 6:09 pm

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