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Yemen’s former leader opens museum dedicated to himself, Notebook

Yemen’s former leader opens museum dedicated to himself

Yemen’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh recently returned to the country’s capital Sana’a in order to open a museum about himself. Undeterred by the revolt that toppled him last year, in which demonstrators chanted “Saleh, leave, all the people hate you,” the ex-leader has decided to affirm his place in the country’s history through displays of his personal possessions.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 5:08 pm

The “Free Syrian Army” are hardly paragons of virtue in this dirty war, Notebook

The “Free Syrian Army” are hardly paragons of virtue in this dirty war

The narrative has, for months, been rather fixed: Bashar Al Assad’s army of brutal killers have committed massacres all over Syria in order to keep their dictator-master in power.

By | Notebook | Friday, 31 August 2012 at 2:00 pm

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year, Arts

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year

His photograph of a mother cradling her son during the protests against the Yemeni government won the 2012 award. We catch up with him at home in Barcelona to talk about his award, his photography and playing Playstation in a war zone.

By | Arts | Sunday, 5 August 2012 at 4:00 am

The EU can amplify our human rights pledge, Notebook

The EU can amplify our human rights pledge

“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 9:58 am

Syria: Why is the world just watching?, Notebook

Syria: Why is the world just watching?

We are sitting around watching the Syrian crisis, while evil is allowed to flourish. Dr. Sima Barmania tells us why this is unacceptable, and has a conversation with one of Assad’s old teachers, Dr. Mousa Al Kurdi.

By | Notebook, Opinion, iPolitics | Friday, 8 June 2012 at 5:56 pm

Occupy’s #m12 march was out of touch and alienating, Notebook

Occupy’s #m12 march was out of touch and alienating

The average person doesn’t want to face a criminal conviction for standing up to their political rights: the Occupy movement needs to re-engage with the 99%.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 14 May 2012 at 3:12 pm

2011: The year of Barefoot leaders, The Foreign Desk

2011: The year of Barefoot leaders

So often the archetypal leader that one is accustomed to hearing of are the suited and booted CEOs, heads of states and politicians with the accompanying networks, resources and sphere of influence.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 30 December 2011 at 4:43 pm

We are many – protest documentary needs you, Notebook

We are many – protest documentary needs you

Since February 15 2003, when tens of millions of people lined the streets all over the world in protest against the Iraq war, to the recent Arab spring uprising and Occupy movements, director Amir Amirani has been documenting the events of the seemingly unstoppable force of public protest in modern times.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 10 December 2011 at 5:12 pm

What phrase would you pick to sum up 2011?, Notebook

What phrase would you pick to sum up 2011?

Today we published a story about the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’ which aims to sum up the tumultuous events of 2011 in one pithy word or phrase.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 at 6:36 pm

Chelsea, Liverpool, Twitter and Tahrir Square, Sport

Chelsea, Liverpool, Twitter and Tahrir Square

Yesterday, in Tahrir Square, the Egyptian army was doing its worst and I found that I could not draw my eyes away from the emerging horror.

By | Sport | Monday, 21 November 2011 at 1:35 pm

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