Dreaming of Zimbabwe: Stories from the diaspora

Nearly 24 years ago, Lance Guma came face to face with a gun. A man had followed him out of the main post office in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, before attempting to provoke him into an argument. Lance was 22 years old. Lance remembers the gunman threatening to pull the trigger before shrugging and telling […]

A day on the job with Kabul’s crime scene investigators

Kabul, Afghanistan – Ghullam Faroq bustles through the narrow hallways at the old Ministry of Interior building in the heart of Kabul, a stack of folders tucked in the crook of his arm and a phone pressed to his ear. He climbs the stairs to the second floor and is buzzed through a series of […]

Why does the US mythologise its former presidents?

With the days counting down on his presidency, politicians and pundits are fretting over what Donald Trump will do after he leaves office. The Democrats’ newest impeachment charge blames the president for inciting the insurrection that took place on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC, in protest against Joe Biden […]

Cyprus’s dirty secrets

It was a typically chilly December morning in the Vietnamese capital. A phalanx of press had gathered outside the formidable Hanoi People’s Court; a grand, white, pillared structure that was the venue for the trials of senior Communist Party officials accused of malfeasance, with all the proceedings televised. It looked like 66-year-old former Minister of […]