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South Sudan's president Salva Kiir Mayardit

Deal or no deal?

Warring parties have signed a peace agreement in South Sudan that paves the way for a transitional government. But key differences between the signatories means there is still no guarantee of a halt in fighting.  On 26 August, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, added his signature to a peace agreement signed nine days earlier by [...]

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

The Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan – a documentary film

Following the great success but ultimately frustrating outcome of the Kickstarter campaign for my documentary film last year about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on impoverished people in Jordan, I’ve set up a fundraising page to help raise the finance necessary to complete and distribute this important film. Please [...]

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential election

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014 Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014.


South Sudan finance minister Aggrey Tisa

South Sudan draws up ‘War Budget’, but oil production targets unlikely to be reached

African Arguments – 18 July 2014 By the evidence of South Sudan’s budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country’s finance ministry has lost its mind. This time last year, the Government of South Sudan put forward what it described as a “two-step budget” that would boost social services and economic growth “in a [...]

In Amenas gas plant in Algeria the target of a terrorist attack in January 2013

Business and Terrorism in Algeria

The Atlantic Council – 24 January 2014 A year after forty workers were killed in a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest gas facilities on January 16, 2013, serious reservations remain about the provision of security at the site. The government’s partners on the project, the UK’s BP and Norway’s Statoil, have not yet [...]

In Amenas gas plant Algeria

Foreign oil and gas workers in Algeria – not yet back at work

The Economist – 15 January 2014 A YEAR has passed since a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest natural gas facilities resulted in the deaths of 39 foreign workers. Yet the Algerian government has yet to convince international oil companies that it is safe enough for overseas staff to return to the site at [...]


The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

Documentary on Syrian Refugees’ Impact on Jordanians Needs Funding

Daily Kos – 19 December 2013 by Yasuragi Full disclosure: this is a pitch. Not for me, but for a stranger, documentary filmmaker Richard Nield. Nield has shot footage for a film that now needs funding for completion, and has only a scant few days in which to raise it. I was drawn to his [...]

Ali and Fatmeh and their family face eviction from their home in Mafraq, northern Jordan

Six days remain to fund groundbreaking documentary on Jordan’s impending humanitarian crisis

After months of production work on The Second Crisis – a groundbreaking documentary about the devastating impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan – just six days remain to raise the funding needed to complete the film. Please take this opportunity to help us raise awareness of the plight of thousands of struggling families [...]

The Second Crisis: a film about the impact on Jordan of the influx of Syrian refugees

Fundraising launched for film on impact on Jordan of influx of Syrian refugees

The fundraising campaign for The Second Crisis, a compelling film about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on the poorest and most vulnerable Jordanians, has now been launched. The film tells the untold personal stories of impoverished local people who are being forced out of their homes by unscrupulous landlords [...]


Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

26 September 2013 – Frontline Club An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations. Assembled for the discussion were Purvis, professor of television journalism at [...]

Za'atari refugee camp Jordan

Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013 Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population. To view the page, just click here: And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.

Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

Sudan-South Sudan relations: Now for (yet another) hard part

Focus turns to political challenges as Sudan and South Sudan reach deal on oil 9 September 2013 Now that Khartoum has agreed to drop its threat to prevent South Sudanese oil exports via its pipeline infrastructure, a series of political challenges remain if the two countries are to continue to co-operate on the energy sector [...]


The directors, Anne Poiret and Florence Martin-Kessler

State Builders: the making of South Sudan

On 31 May, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of State Builders, a unique film documenting the immense challenges faced by the new state of South Sudan, which became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Directed by Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret, the film gives a penetrating insight into what was happening behind [...]

Water supply by donkey in Bentiu, Unity state

Power and poverty in South Sudan

14th March 2013 From Our Own Correspondent – BBC Radio 4 My piece on the impact of austerity in South Sudan, where a lack of oil resources left many struggling to provide food and power for their families: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r5qc7 And the World Service version: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015gwbb

Amman Jordan city centre

Refugee crisis in Jordan and Lebanon worsens

20 February 2013 As of today, 278,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Jordan, and 295,000 have crossed into Lebanon, according to UNHCR. According to Jordan’s government, the number is much higher. They estimate that they are hosting more than 368,000 out of a total of 787,000 Syrian refugees displaced in the region. The [...]


Sexual violence Congo DRC Frontline Club I Dream of Congo

Violence in DR Congo could abate if international community takes decisive action

15 February 2013 Frontline Club More than 5m people have died in fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998. But now there may be a window of opportunity for the international community to take action. The coming year could be a window of opportunity for the international community to tackle the violence [...]

Police road block Juba South Sudan

The joys of Juba airport

Juba, South Sudan Arriving at Juba international airport, the gateway to the world’s newest nation, is never a pleasant experience. There is little that can prepare you for the chaos of the small, cramped space that serves as the arrivals hall, baggage collection, customs and immigration. All you can do is stay calm, take a [...]

Transformations in Egyptian Journalism

Transforming Egyptian Journalism

6th February 2013 – The Frontline Club The key to the development of the media in Egypt is not the transformation of journalists but the transformation of institutions, argues Naomi Sakr in her new book, Transformations in Egyptian Journalism. “I wanted to demonstrate that journalism as such may be the least of the problems in [...]


Terrorist attack In Amenas Algeria

How Algeria’s hostage crisis unfolded

31 January 2013 BBC Radio 4 Last week I contributed to the early stages of the research for a BBC Radio 4 programme that aired last night on the terrorist attacks on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria two weeks ago that left at least 48 hostages dead. It’s well worth a listen. The [...]

Bahrain's unreported oppression

Bahrain’s unreported oppression continues – with a little help from the West

The Frontline Club – 24 August 2012 At an event hosted by the Frontline Club, an expert panel of speakers shed light on the ongoing oppression of political opposition in Bahrain, one of the most under-reported aspects of the Arab Spring, and the government’s systematic use of Western public relations companies to manage the regime’s [...]

South Sudan wheelchair basketball team captain Gatluak Kual Luak

Basketball inspires wounded

BBC – 9 August 2012 Thousands of miles from the elite athletes gathered at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, some young men are playing basketball on a court in South Sudan. But their wheelchairs are a reminder of the country’s painful past. In the Nimra Talata area, one Friday afternoon, a crowd of [...]


South Sudan's debut international football game, against Uganda on 10th July 2012

South Sudan draw first football international

Juba, 11th July South Sudan’s first FIFA-recognised international football match ended in a 2-2 draw with Uganda last night, a day after the fledgling country celebrated the first anniversary of its independence. Such was the excitement about the game that an hour before kickoff I could already hear the cheers from my house in Hai [...]

Lindsey Hilsum at the Frontline Club, 26 April 2012

Writing Libya’s revolution

Speaking to a packed Frontline Club on 26th April, Channel 4 News’ international editor Lindsey Hilsum shared a fascinating personal insight into the revolution in Libya last year that overthrew the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years in power. In Hilsum’s words, Libya was the “only true revolution of last year – where the [...]

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, reveals shocking details of executions, stoning and suppression of civil rights in a speech at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, London, on 22 March 20012

Why we shouldn’t use Iran’s human rights record as an excuse for war

26 March 2012 Iran’s record on human rights is dreadful, but we must not allow it to become an excuse for war. Last week I had the privilege of hearing at first hand the findings of the UN’s top representative on human rights in Iran. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s ‘Special Rapporteur’, had submitted his first [...]