How the Assad regime erased peaceful protesters

Friday, 5 October 2018 published by the New Statesman

At the start of Syria’s popular uprising in 2011, a group of young activists from Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, became known for their philosophy of non-violence. They protested with flowers and offered bottles of water to the soldiers. These men who carried roses sacrificed all for their dream of a free Syria. The story of their lives must outshine the tragedy of their deaths.

Who will save Syria’s detainees?

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 published by the Guardian

Across the country, detainees are tortured and killed in clandestine detention centres. But the political will to deal with these atrocities is woefully lacking.

Breaking Bad’s resemblance to The Pearl

Friday, 4 October 2013

Vince Gilligan’s TV show Breaking Bad evokes John Steinbeck’s novella The Pearl. Both feature protagonists striving for wealth for the sake of their family, whilst imperilling their families through their reckless quest for status and significance.

The NHS as we know it needs a prayer

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 published by openDemocracy

Regulations laid last week will turn England's National Health Service into a competitive market. They contradict previous assurances from the Coalition government.

Coauthored with Lucy Reynolds