Clockwise from top left: The historic market in the northern town of Tripoli; all smiles at a political rally in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square; rubbish dumped on the road in north Beirut – the country’s garbage-collection system has collapsed; and a family of Syrian refugees in a UN camp near Zahle, in the Bekaa Valley.   All photos from Alamy and (in the order above) by Mark Pearson, Geoff Dunlop, Char Abumansoor and François Razon.

Country Profile: Lebanon

Civil war, ISIS invasions, mountains of rubbish. Never a dull day in Lebanon. The country’s constant turmoil is exhausting, says Reem Haddad, reporting from Beirut.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Pigeons outside Damascus’ Umayyad Mosque take flight at the sound of nearby bombing in besieged suburbs Jobar and Eastern Ghouta.Photo: Sally Hayden

What remains

As president Bashar al-Assad’s regime tightens its grip on war-torn Syria, Sally Hayden reports from three government strongholds on life for ordinary citizens, who are seeking normality, even if rubble and memories are all they have left.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018

‘Them, the governments’

Is the UN still capable of keeping the peace and protecting civilians? Was it ever? Ian Williams inspects the record.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Photo: Tori Bush

A word with Yuri Herrera

The Mexican author and political scientist talks drugs, racism and masculinity with Graeme Green

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Riek Machar (left) and Salva Kiir (right) sit for an official photo. Picture: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

Worldbeaters: Sava Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar

Richard Swift takes aim at Sava Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar, once friends but now foes at the pinnacle of violent South Sudanese politics.

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017
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When petitions and protests aren’t enough: what next?

Andrea Needham, who 20 years ago was arrested for disarming weapons bound for Indonesia, argues for bold action for peace and justice.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Syrian refugees at a clinic in Jordan.Photo by DFID

The role of climate change in the Syria crisis: how the media got it wrong

Alex Randall argues that the conclusions drawn were the wrong ones.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
Nesrîn Abdullah, left, with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Amina Osse.Photo: Rahila Gupta

Military fatigues and floral scarves

Rahila Gupta meets women fighters in Rojava who are leading the charge towards a radical democracy.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
Illustration: Sarah John

The freedom of the city

Trust between communities is being rebuilt, writes Ruby Diamonde.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016
Gaza, February 2007.Photo by Marcin Monko

Universalizing environmental and human rights

As UN special rapporteur on the right to a healthy environment presents his report today, Doug Weir explains why this is especially important in armed conflict.

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016
In search of lost soldiers

In search of lost soldiers

Families of missing POWs are still waiting for answers after 44 years, says Jas Uppal.

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NI 488 - 10 economic myths - December, 2015
A Bosnian woman weeps over the remains of family members recovered from a mass grave, victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Photo: Nikola Solic/ Reuters

Moment of truth for Balkan war crimes tribunal

Radovan Karadzic will receive his sentence in December - but the International Criminal Tribunal is also under scrutiny, writes Nathalie Olah.

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NI 487 - Paris climate summit - November, 2015
Secret Agent Orange

Secret Agent Orange

Katie McQue on Agent Orange's toxic legacy.

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NI 486 - The transgender revolution - October, 2015
Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Bangui

Peacekeeping without peacebuilding is doomed to fail, says Ruby Diamonde.

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NI 479 - Democracy in the digital era - January, 2015
Unseen: the psychological impact of Israel’s attacks on Gaza will have a profound long-term effect on Palestinians.Photo: Belal Khaled/AA/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

A deeper pain

The daily reality of life in Gaza creates unseen psychological scars, writes psychiatrist Samah Jabr.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
‘No to fascism!’ Provocative and emotive posters and images have become commonplace in Ukraine’s propaganda assault.Photo: Alexander Ermochenko/AP/Press Association Images

When propaganda rules

Powerful, persuasive words and images in Ukraine’s information war have led to casualties of truth on all sides. Lily Hyde observes how, as Crimea and East Ukraine break away, a war of words turns lethal.

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NI 474 - Feminism fights back - July, 2014
Photo: AHRDO

Making Waves: Afghanistan's theatre of the oppressed

Encouraging people to act out their trauma results not just in empathy but in action. Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn has witnessed the transformation first hand.

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NI 473 - The politics of language loss - June, 2014
The US is pushing the Afghan government to sign an agreement that would allow US troops to arrest, detain and extradite any Afghan deemed to threaten its security interests.The US Army

Afghanistan: time to move on?

Ewa Jasiewicz wonders what the US troops will be leaving behind.

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NI 471 - The war on whistleblowers - April, 2014

Dead bastards

Heaven help military personnel who blow the whistle. Alexa O’Brien is tracking the case of Chelsea Manning.

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NI 471 - The war on whistleblowers - April, 2014
Jamal Salman receives treatment at Al-Wafa Rehabilitation Centre in Gaza. He was injured during an Israeli drone strike which killed his wife and brother-in-law. The father of two small children, he is now paraplegic and has limited use of one of his arms.Anne Paq/Activestills

From hero to zero

Maysoon Zayid explores the challenges facing those disabled by war, occupation and prejudice.

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NI 467 - Time to rethink disability - November, 2013

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Article title From magazine Publication date
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
10 economic myths December, 2015
Paris climate summit November, 2015
The transgender revolution October, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Democracy in the digital era January, 2015
NGOs - Do they help? December, 2014
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Feminism fights back July, 2014
The politics of language loss June, 2014
The politics of language loss June, 2014
The war on whistleblowers April, 2014
The war on whistleblowers April, 2014
Commodities - the pitfalls of resource wealth March, 2014
Time to rethink disability November, 2013
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