Showing posts from 2014

Unfinished: The Religious Architectural Schism of Prishtina.

The Religious architecture of Prishtina reveals much about it's political, of the people,  priorities. Walking down George Bush Street, past the gleaming, part unfinished, Catholic Cathedral, past the incomplete shell of the Orthodox Cathedral (started in 1995), echoes of the Great Schism; the split between Orthodox east and Catholic west of 1054 resonate. Could it be that this religious rift has somehow dramatically re-surfaced in the centre of Europe's youngest capital city? 

The short answer is, intended or unintended, it's a consequence of global geopolitics. 

Fast forward to recent times and one can say that while Serbs v Albanians fought on the ground during the late 90's, Eastern and Western interests jostled for geopolitical position on the grand chess board above - the West quite literally from the air. NATO's military objective: "Serbs out, NATO in, Albanian refugees back," was achieved. Serbian enclaves were left behind in Kosovo, but not in Pris…

For the Fallen: Inside The British Cemetery, Kabul

Inside the British Cemetery lie the fallen from military campaigns from the 19th century. Memorials to NGO workers, humanitarians, soldiers and journalists of the 2000s surround the walls. Today it is an international cemetery, representing people from far corners of the earth.  While 453 British soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice tens of thousands of Afghans have lost their lives in the conflict. No one knows the real number and the slaughter of state v insurgent continues day by day.Take a look inside the British Cemetery, Kabul, in this video memorial for the fallen:

A street view of Sarajevo's WW1 centenary

28th June 2014. 100 years since that fateful day when Gavrilo Princip stepped out of a sandwich shop and saw the car of Archduke Franz Ferdinand make a wrong turn onto the street corner at which he stood, Sarajevo remembered in its own, sometimes contrary way. 
Two shots took the life of the leader of the Austrian Hungarian Empire along with his pregnant spouse Sophie. Retribution was inevitable - the pretext for conflict was already  set - and one month later the wounded Empire made it's move, in league with Germany, on the Serbian Republic that had been complicit, through it’s intelligence services, in executing the assassination. Five days later the British Foreign Secretary Lord Grey - younger brother of Prime Minister Earl Grey - uttered the phrase that has come to encapsulate the outbreak of world war one:"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time." Later, exactly five years to the day, the Treaty of Versailles was sig…

West Bank Revist: Where are the children 20 years on?

At the close of 1993  the only mediated image of a Palestinian was accompanied by the word 'terrorist.' I was shown around a refugee camp in the West Bank.The trip changed my perspective entirely, it highlighted a blatant bias in western news media and simultaneously inspired my first piece of  report writing, reproduced here, with analogue photos -newly digitised- included.

If anyone recognises the children in any of these photographs and would now like me to tell their story as adults today please get in touch with me at:

Jerusalem.A young soldier points his gun at the minibus window. Our driver searches for his identity card. Failure to produce papers results in instant detention. A fellow soldier inspects the underside of our vehicle. Nothing is left to chance, there is a tense silence amongst my travel companions.

Ali, owner of EL-Arab hostel, is taking us to his home,  UN refugee camp Amari, near Ramallah in the West bank. He gives simple “yes” and “no”…