Category: Analysis

It’s thirty years since, on the White House lawn, the historic American-brokered Palestinian-Israeli deal called the Oslo Accords was signed (September 13 1993. It came into force one month later.) We recall the angry, insightful last interview given by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as the deal was collapsing.

6 September 2023 By Paul Martin

RAMALLAH, West Bank — When Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat gave his final interview to a Western newspaper, the first question — sent over in advance — was supposed to be: “Mr. Arafat, where were you born and where did you grow up?” “No,” an aide told two reporters me and a fellow-reporter, “not allowed.” Even […]

Another disaster at the huge Ukrainian dam…

7 June 2023 By Paul Martin

The Soviets blasted the hydroelectric dam wall in the southern city to slow the Nazi advance. The explosion flooded villages along the banks of the Dnieper River, killing thousands of civilians. A handful of Zaporizhzhya residents are battling for the recognition of the little-known wartime tragedy. Ukraine suffered heavy losses both during World War II […]

A spectacular own goal. How the Russians sabotaged themselves by blowing up Ukraine’s huge dam near Kherson.

7 June 2023 By Paul Martin

World Exclusive.  By Paul Martin.  It could literally turn the tide of the Russian Ukraine war. In a huge military blunder, Russian saboteurs blasted far too many of the 28 sluice gates that were holding back a huge expanse of water in the massive Kakhovka dam, senior military-related sources have told Correspondent.World. “The explosives were laid as […]

It’s thirty years since South African anti-apartheid firebrand Chris Hani was assassinated, nearly plunging the country into civil war. Still, has the full truth emerged?

10 April 2023 By Paul Martin

The Communist Party of South Africa, which retains an alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC), is demanding that an investigation is reopened to question Chris Hani’s killer Janusz Walus. The murderer is still alive and living in South Africa. He escaped death late last year after being stabbed by a fellow inmate days […]

South Africa’s most infamous murderer will linger longer in jail. If he gets parole in 2024, Oscar Pistorius will find he’s still severely restricted.

30 March 2023 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin. (Photos copyright Correspondent.World) South Africa’s ‘Correctional Services’ (formerly Prisons) authorities intend to transfer Oscar Pistorius from his current jail near Pretoria to another facility, now that he has been ordered to say in prison for at least another year. Meanwhile he will be moved to a wing that has already been improved […]

Why convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius cannot admit he deliberately killed his girlfriend — even if that’s the truth. That admission would stop him being awarded parole and a limited form of freedom, says his parole lawyer.

30 March 2023 By Paul Martin

June Steenkamp, mother of the murdered Reeva, is demanding an admission by Oscar Pistorius that he knew his target was Reeva, not an intruder. But Pistorius cannot accept June Steenkamp’s ‘s demand that he admit he killed her daughter in a rage, according to Pistorius’s parole lawyer.    She is to confront him for the first time […]

Going fast in the bazaars of post-invasion Iraq: rocket grenade launchers that can bring down a helicopter.

29 March 2023 By Paul Martin

The war in Iraq got rid of Saddam Hussein’s regime — but soon insurgents were able to cause instability and chaos. Our correspondent Paul Martin was shocked to discover he could buy rocket launchers and other weaponry at bazaars in Baghdad… and how easy it was to smuggle the weapons past checkpoints. Here is his […]

Fired by NBC, hired by The Mirror. As Baghdad was falling 20 years ago, the legendary Peter Arnett thanks Correspondent.World’s editor Paul Martin and the ex-Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

21 March 2023 By Paul Martin

By Peter Arnett Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the Vietnam War, legendary journalist Peter Arnett recalls witnessing theinvasion of Iraq from inside Baghdad, reveals the inside story of how he was fired then hired, and describes some of the US blunders, including the killing of three journalists. Article and Photos Copyright Peter Arnett / Paul […]

Mistake after mistake — by our Foreign Office.

20 March 2023 By Paul Martin

British documentary film-maker and journalist Paul Martin, detained in Gaza in 2010, says the Foreign Office keeps making the same mistakes when dealing with academics or reporters locked up by tinpot dictatorships. He says the FCO’s incompetence or lack of care puts prisoners in danger. The wife of Matthew Hedges says the Foreign Office endangered the […]

The great Pelé, dead at 82, had some great flaws. They involved dictators and racism.

3 January 2023 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin, Exclusive. Pelé’s legacy has two very big shadows: his willingness to serve dictators and his astonishing silence on racism. Despite his humble origins and the racism of his society, Pelé often seemed willing to consort with hardline right-wingers — a stain on his otherwise demigod status.   During the period of the military dictatorship […]

Pelé, dead at 82, was the world’s greatest footballing hero — ever. But the great Brazilian, known to many as ‘The King’, was not free from political controversy.

30 December 2022 By Paul Martin

Pele was fascinated when I asked for an interview.  He must have given thousands before mine, but this was different.  “You mean we’ll be talking directly on the Internet?” he gasped.  In 1997 that was not just a novelty, it was historic.   It was the first time any event had been internetted live.

Meeting Ayman Zawahiri’s family in Egypt, I gained some special insights into the now-assassinated Al Qaeda leader.

2 August 2022 By Paul Martin

Ayman Zawahiri,  successor to the slain Osama Bin Laden, warned the world in an Internet message soon after he became leader, that Al Qaeda would remain a ‘source of horror and a nightmare chasing America, Israel and their allies’.  That, of course, included Britain.  It was a message that intelligence communities took very seriously.  The evidence from his own life story […]

In mid-2022, Ukrainians show a dogged determination to survive the Russian onslaught.

28 June 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive.By Paul Cainer in Kyiv It was a strange but almost comical scene. A dog was running towards me across Kyiv’s central landmark, Independence Square.  And trying with some difficulty to restrain the animal, on a long lead, was the dog’s new master, 26-year-old Sviatoslav Yurash, Ukraine’s youngest member of parliament. He had been taken […]