Stories By 'NESRINE MALIK'
It has been two weeks since the Janjaweed, Sudan’s infamous militia, embarked on a brutal campaign to disperse and suppress a popular uprising against deposed president Omar al-Bashir’s military government. The country is still in shock.
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The hardest thing to come to terms with, watching the video of a Syrian boy being bullied in a Huddersfield school that circulated last week, was the sense of inevitability to it.
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When the then UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, visited the UK in April 2014, she had strong words of condemnation for the country’s institutional misogyny and sexist popular culture.
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Malala Yousafzai is one of the world’s best-known figures, a Nobel prize winner and a global advocate for female education. She went from being a schoolgirl in the Swat valley of Pakistan to a global figure, all before the age of 20, and throughout she has maintained an almost preternatural poise and unwavering loyalty to her home country.
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Something is definitely afoot in Saudi Arabia this time. For decades, the Saud ruling family has followed a policy of promise but never deliver.
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When a car mounted the pavement outside the Natural History Museum on Saturday, a nation collectively held its breath. A succession of terrorist attacks meant that we all, understandably, feared the worst. We awaited confirmation. But not all of us.
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