Somalia

My time in Somalia with Michael Meacher, Tony Benn’s ‘vicar on earth’

6 April 2019 9:00 am

East Africa   The late Michael Meacher represented almost everything I loathe in a politician. Before his death in 2015,…

War damage to mind and body

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Emma Williams salutes two books that examine close up the physical and psychological scars of war

Rod Liddle: Labour’s putting me on trial for thought crime

21 May 2016 9:00 am

I got an email this week, from a chap called Harry, which began as follows: ‘I am writing to inform you…

Kenneth Williams (Photo: Getty)

Radio comedy still misses Kenneth Williams

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s tempting to believe that somewhere in the bowels of Broadcasting House in London the voice of Kenneth Williams is…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

Justin Marozzi’s diary: Lunch with Saddam’s hangman, and a democratic revolution in Kensington

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Lunch with the man who hanged Saddam. My irrepressible old Baghdad friend Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Ealing neurologist turned Iraqi national security…

Portrait of the week

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Home Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Conservative foreign secretary, resigned as chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee and promised…

I want to do for field rations what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened yet, though I remain…

Could the Kenyan mall atrocities happen here?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

So you’ve just popped down to the supermarket for the weekly shop, toddlers in tow, when the grenades start to…

Italy is killing refugees with kindness

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s decriminalising of illegal immigration has acted as a green light to boat people, and the journey is a deadly one

Hunted in Mogadishu by the Sick Man and the Jilbab

26 April 2014 9:00 am

From a way off, as he entered the café, he looked young and handsome but when he sat down there…

Aidan Hartley: How Muslim militants and Western jihadis wrecked enchanting Somalia

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Wizards inland from the little Somali port of Barawe bewitched a person to come to them by banging a nail…

Al-Qa'eda targeted Kenya not because it's a banana republic, but because it's a symbol of African success

28 September 2013 9:00 am

If Al-Shabaab was behind the terrorist attack in Nairobi, then the group has come a long way since its foundation…