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 […]
The largest nuclear power plant in Europe faces a “dangerous situation”, and suggested that the Russians were balking so far at a Ukrainian warning that the final reactor should be completely shut down. “It’s a very dangerous situation and the IAEA is here to prevent something very bad,” the director-general said. “He also announced he […]
Exclusive: By Paul Martin. Holding a cup of tea, or raising a glass of wine, Carole Cutner is ready for the Coronation. From her living-room, she will say ‘Three Cheers!” and swear allegiance to the man she helped catapult to international stardom. Carole was a photographer who in the mid-1970s got Charles onto the cover of […]
Exclusive. A woman was lying bleeding heavily on the road at a bus station in Bakhmut, the centre of an epic ongoing battle for control of an already largely-devastated town in eastern Ukraine. She had been hit by artillery an hour earlier. Maksym Vainer, a 29-year-old paramedic, was scanning the skies for any incoming artillery or […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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 […]