Books and Long-Form Downloads
Books and Long-Form Downloads
Slow long-form journalism from roads less trodden. A series of works concerning people or places at the periphery of public attention. These thought-provoking narratives combine characters from different cultures, creeds and geopolitical landscapes to often insightful, comic or dramatic effect.
Freedom at 4 AM is a true-life tale of cultural clash in Afghanistan: from the political to the personal, from the spiritual to sexual. The author vividly conveys the underbelly of seediness and corruption of life in the NGO world; working in the shadows of violence and death. Set against the daily tension of working in Kabul are historical, geopolitical, and spiritual themes. This immersive adventure chronicles personal calamity and change: from religious scepticism to a call to prayer under...
PRESEVO/OXFORD, 14 October 2015 (IRIN) - Rough seas and colder weather usually signal a sharp drop in the numbers of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. But after a summer of unprecedented refugee arrivals, this winter is likely to be different.
Photographic contribution: "Sure it feels good when you see the movie Alexander the Great and he says 'come on Macedonians, ride with me'," says 23-year-old student Bojan Gazhoski, standing in Macedonia Square. "But all this is a little too much."
Episode 11 of "Stand up Sisters!" Broadcast on National Radio Afghanistan during 2014. The programme used elements of BBC 4's 'Women's Hour' to both entertain and raise awareness of women's rights and issues in Afghanistan. The programme was produced by an all female crew, via a concept proposal that won a substantial grant, written by Marc Perry.
Today, as part of the Royal Tour of the Western Balkans, The Prince of Wales, Charles, attended a conference organized by the Interfaith Kosovo...
There is a famous routine in Monty Python’s The life of Brian that might be equally applied to the Ottoman Empire: Q: So, what have the Ottomans ever done for us? A: Coffee drinking. They give us that, and algebra. Degree granting universities, the camera... Preservation and translation of ancient Greek philosophy and other major contributions to the age of enlightenment... Q: Well, all right, all right, apart from coffee drinking, algebra, degree granting universities, the camera,...
Driton, a big-hearted volunteer with a ready smile, has been with them almost from day one. He describes some of the people who have passed recently: An old woman masking her anxiety from her niece by telling her that tomorrow they will have their own room where they will play together and gun shots will not disturb them.
Analysis of changing migration routes
Thousands of refugees continue to cross into Macedonia from Greece daily. While authorities in both countries are doing a better job of managing the crowds at the border, it is a fragile order that quickly evaporates when trains fail to run and the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Ian Cameron Cliff, OBE, has been British Ambassador to Kosovo since March 2011. His background suggests a man who has worked alongside people of many different faiths in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sudan, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Witness prayers spilling onto the streets of Vusturri on a Friday, packed Cathedral congregations in Gjakova on a Sunday, or joyful community gatherings of the Protestant Community at Easter in Prishtina, and one could be forgiven for thinking that Kosovo's religious communities are rooted in some other soil than that of a secular state.
William Hague chaired a debate on the Middle East in the UN, New York today. He gave an extensive speech outlining the progress he feels has been made during the Arab spring but also outlined deficiencies made by the council in protecting life in Syria.
Flat pack shelters improve conditions for refugees Global / Economics & Innovation 28 Nov 2013 Innovative flat pack refugee shelters designed to improve living conditions for people living in temporary structures around the world are currently being put into use in Iraq and Ethiopia A flat pack refugee shelter Photo © IKEA Foundation The new shelters, made from poles and panels, are easier to ship, easier to assemble and easier to live in than conventional shelters.
Afghanistan's sporting success inspires future generations 10 Dec 2013 On 11 September the Afghan national football team won their first ever trophy, after becoming South Asian Champions when they defeated India 2-0 in Kathmandu.
My journey 28km north of Pristina to the small town of Vushtrri was accompanied by a sermon from a preacher on the car radio: a Christian preacher. I was travelling to photograph Friday prayers and this religious plurality will come as no surprise to people who know Kosovo.
First, forget all images of war... Gone? Good. Kosovo is a vibrant and friendly state full of rewarding experiences for independent travellers.
While working for an NGO in Kabul, British expat Marc Perry went to explore the precipitous Panjishir valley in northeastern Afghanistan. It had been my dream to visit Panjshir ever since I'd arrived in Afghanistan.
In search of the spiritual side of Greece - and perhaps himself - Marc Perry discovers the trials and tranquility of the lives of Mount Athos's monks. The ferry to Mount Athos is a serene, sedate affair. Women are left behind, as black-clad, bearded monks and priests finger rosary beads and contemplate the steep rise of pine-covered foothills to the jagged mountain pinnacle.
The good news for travellers to Greece is this: ignore the crisis headlines. Away from the grim scenes in central Athens, life goes on as normal; there's little sign of impending doom, instead it's consistent blue skies, clear water and good cheer.
Series: Investigating houses of multiple occupation.
Analysis of media perceptions of the Greek economic crisis.
Front page special report exploring conditions in houses of multiple occupation
News, features and reviews (UK, Newcastle & Bournemouth)
A gunrunning ship sets off on a peace mission.
Review: Human History has been built upon peace argues John Gittings in a new book,
Photos of stories in newsprint
Multimedia coverage of a light installation on Hadrian's wall
Local MP / Farming story.
Creative / feature. A night out in Bournemouth
A profile of Ian Paisley
Live music review of a comic bluegrass songstress
An news feature on cannabis factories in Bournemouth through the lens of a court case.
Multi media story about new businesses in a Bohemian area of Bournemouth