Stand-off at Place de la République

A growing climate of fear

Monday, November 30, 2015

It was meant to be one of the “biggest civil disobedience events” ever, and spur on effective political action on climate change, but the protests in Paris on Sunday were muted and marred by tit-for-tat violence between masked youths and riot police.     Read More

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Friday night far from Home

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My phone blinks repeatedly with news alerts of an unfolding plague. I read them two, three times and still struggle to believe what I’m reading.  Gunmen and suicide bombers are on a killing spree across my adopted city. It’s a city I have not only come to love like no other; I’ve persuaded the woman of my dreams to start a new life there.  Now she’s somewhere in Paris and I’m unable to reach her.   Read More

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Homeless migrants leave French shelters for the streets

Monday, July 6, 2015

Waking at dawn to the shouts of police and the bright headlights of buses waiting to take them away, Yacoub Mansour and more than 300 other migrants living under a bridge were becoming aware that their time in this part of Paris was up. In the early hours of June 2, 27-year-old Mansour, a Libyan, and the others – mainly from Sudan and Eritrea – were told by police to get on the buses and leave their tents and cardboard for proper shelter. It was not what they had expected.  Read More

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Friday night far from Home

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My phone blinks repeatedly with news alerts of an unfolding plague. I read them two, three times and still struggle to believe what I’m reading.  Gunmen and suicide bombers are on a killing spree across my adopted city. It’s a city I have not only come to love like no other; I’ve persuaded the woman of my dreams to start a new life there.  Now she’s somewhere in Paris and I’m unable to reach her.  Read More  Read More

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A growing climate of fear

Stand-off at Place de la République

It was meant to be one of the “biggest civil disobedience events” ever, and spur on effective political action on climate change, but the protests in Paris on Sunday were muted and marred by tit-for-tat violence between masked youths and riot police.