Category: Analysis

Saudi Arabia signals it will clamp down on hardline interpretations of Islam.

10 June 2021 By Paul Martin

         Hardline interpretations of Islam are preventing economic progress and threatening Saudi Arabia’s ability to develop a modern economy, the country’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman declared. Saudi Arabia’s rulers have had a pact for decades with hardline Islamists who follow a strict form of Islam called Wahabism. But in an interview broadcast […]

I met Ratko Mladic and gave evidence at The Hague. This is how it feels to see a mass murderer finally jailed for life for his war crimes.

9 June 2021 By Paul Martin

Of all the war criminals and mass murderers I have encountered in 40 years of reporting in conflict zones, Ratko Mladic was the most chilling. The United Nations ex-Yugoslavia Tribunal’s final verdict — life imprisonment for genocide — brings back memories that even a hard-bitten war reporter finds hard to erase. ** Dead children’s graves […]

Forty years after Israel’s bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, there is still no Arab state with an atomic bomb. Does this prove the raid was justified?

7 June 2021 By Paul Martin

A sign on the desert road south of Baghdad, curiously in English not Arabic, pointed to what it described as an “Engineering Factory”. It was the only hint that there was something unusual to be found just off the beaten track. Until days before, this “Engineering factory” had been nothing less than Saddam Hussein’s project […]

In the wake of the George Floyd police murder conviction, are there any rational ways to deal with inflammatory claims? We examine if — compared with whites and Hispanics — unarmed African-Americans are more likely to die when being arrested by US police.

21 April 2021 By Paul Martin

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6080222/ Based on that article, it appears there is no significant difference in death rates across the US racial divides. However, subsequent analysis appears to show a different picture. The truth may be more complex. Watch this space.

Correspondent.World’s Media Excellence Award, for January 2021: Egypt’s overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak ten years ago… by the Telegraph’s Colin Freeman.

11 February 2021 By Paul Martin

Ten years on from Egypt’s Arab Spring – what has become of the Tahrir Square revolutionaries?  Protests in Cairo in 2011 sparked the downfall of dictator Hosni Mubarak. But did it really change anything? By Colin Freeman24 January 2021 A woman waves an Egyptian national flag from a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square, Cairo on Feb […]