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Human Rights Watch (HRW), the globally respected human rights NGO, has described the treatment of the Rohingya people in n Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) as "ethnic cleansing".
“I'll get you a nice cup of tea.” There can be few people in these islands – particularly in England – who have not heard these words at a time of distress. In shock or bereavement many of us will have smiled through our tears at being gently offered the national sacrament of solidarity.
All the news coming out of Syria at present seems negative, and bound up with remorseless cycles of violence and the huge refugee and internal displacement crisis, which is impacting millions of people.
I’ve just returned from the annual general meeting of BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest arms companies. I was forcibly carried out of the building after challenging the board on BAE’s arms sales to the brutal regimes of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
My new book, Digital Revolutions: Activism in the internet age, has now been published by New Internationalist.