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Cayenne NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Day, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
French Guiana was long notorious as a penal colony, among whose renowned detainees were Dreyfus and Papillon. Thousands of less famous prisoners died in the territory’s camps, both on the mainland and on Devil’s Island. But in recent time...
US-Cuba Thaw NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Days, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Like many people I was caught unawares by the announcement today that the United States and Cuba are planning to normalise relations after half a century of the grotesque US trade and travel embargo. Apparently Pope Francis has been key to this rappr...
I Am Malala NEW
Jonathan Fryer 5 Days, 4 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
When the Pakistani teenager Malala Housafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate recently her story resonated around the world as a testimony of hope and determination by a very brave girl wise beyond her years. Of course, not everyon...
Stand up for Press Freedom! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 6 Days, 12 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Earlier this week, I was asked by the Turkish newspaper Daily Zaman for a comment on credible rumours that a host of media professionals in Turkey were about to be arrested. Alas, this prediction has proved to be true and several high-profile journal...
Turkey: Drifting away from Europe? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, the country has tended to look westwards to Europe. That was certainly the intention of Kemal Ataturk, who believed that Ottoman traditions and Islamic religiosity were impediments to progres...
Human Rights and the Arab World NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Over the last three decades, much of the world, from Brazil to Indonesia, has moved from dictatorship to democracy, but despite the so-called Arab Spring that began with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia in December 2010, most of th...
Alaa Al-Aswany Gets a Grilling NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Like millions of people who have read The Yacoubian Building, I am a fan of the writing of the Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany and a few years ago I was pleased to have the chance to talk to him a little when he came to an event put on by English PE...
Gingko, Goethe and the Need for Pluralism NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
“East is East, and West is West, and never shall the twain meet,” Rudyard Kipling notoriously wrote in the Ballad of East and West. I say notoriously, because even if it may not have been Kipling’s true intention, the phrase was ado...
In Memoriam Jeremy Thorpe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Jeremy Thorpe, who has died aged 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, was a politician of great charm and brilliance who was brought down by a persistent streak of recklessness that prevented him achieving his full potential. The sc...
Maggi Hambling’s Walls of Water NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
I used to see Maggi Hambling quite often with our mutual friend George Melly when he was such a fixture of Soho and London’s bohemia, so it was good to catch up with her again at the private view of her Walls of Water monotypes at Marlborough F...
Paddington NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
When I was a small boy I often used to go to the cinema in Monton near Eccles, which had a sixpenny Saturday afternoon matinée. And it was there that for the one and only time in my life I sat through a film twice: 101 Dalmatians. I don’...
Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
When one thinks of UNESCO World Heritage sites I suppose ancient wonders such as the Pyramids at Giza or Stonehenge come to mind, so for many people it will come as a surprise to know that Germany boasts no fewer than 39 of them, ranging from the old...
Abdullah Gul in London NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
I was pleased last night to return from the ALDE Congress in Lisbon in time to attend the launch of Gerald MacLean’s new book, Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey*, at the Turkish Embassy. A particular draw was the subject himself, wh...
ALDE Congress Lisbon NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
The congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) this week brought 600 delegates to Lisbon to discuss Reclaiming Liberalism. Though it was the first such gathering since May’s European elections, not too much time was sp...
Petra Rediscovered NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Days, 49 Minutes ago
I have lost count of the number of times I have visited Petra, not just Jordan’s most impressive archaeological site but one of the true wonders of the ancient world. I’ve seen it under snow in winter and in the scorching sun of summer, b...
White Gold and Black Gold NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Long before Oman struck oil, providing the wherewithal for the modernisation of the country and its infrastructure after Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, this South Eastern corner of Arabia acquired a significant part of its wealth from the trade...
Oman’s Quiet Diplomacy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Oman is probably the most low-key of the Gulf states, certainly when compared with the UAE’s Dubai or Qatar. But it is the one with the greatest sense if history; for centuries, Omani merchants were key players across the Indian Ocean and down...
Storytelling for Syria NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Through the eyes of the Western media what appears to be a black-and-white situation has developed in the Middle East: the wicked self-styled Islamic State (ISIS) versus the rest, including the international coalition of which Britain is part. But of...
See You Tomorrow NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Stavanger, a city of no more than 125,000 souls, is the oil capital of Norway and thus one of the most affluent places in Europe, the gleaming modern office blocks that belie its millennial heritage sharing its striking geographical location with woo...
Why I am Standing for the LibDems’ Federal Executive NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The next two years are likely to be a challenging time for the Liberal Democrats, both in the run-up to next May’s general election — when the Party is in danger of losing half its seats, on current poll ratings — and in reconnectin...