Politics in All its Hues
‘Ndrangheta: The Elusive Powerhouse Behind Italy’s Criminal Underworld
Through folktales, fiction, film and fashion, the Italian mafia have captured popular imagination for centuries. The latest manifestation of the mafia is the infamous criminal syndicate known as the 'Ndrangheta. From its 19th Century origins in Southern Italy’s Calabria region, the 'Ndrangheta has today evolved to become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world.
16 July 2023
Masjid al-Aqsa in Contemporary Jewish Imagination
The holy city of Jerusalem holds immense meaning for the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The unique identity of Jerusalem has allowed inter-faith harmony to coexist aside geopolitical rivalries. The Masjid al-Aqsa stands as a rare symbol of Arab-Jewish harmony. Could the political rise of powerful Zionists compromise its future?
21 December 2022
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Cup of Life but also of Lives Sacrificed
The plight of migrant construction workers in Qatar has received international scrutiny amidst the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Now that the media carnival has moved on, there is a real worry that this big human security concern will once again be forgotten. Lest we all forget while revelling in the joy of Messi lifting the Cup, here is an account from a journalist who has spent much of the last decade in the region.