• The World Today

    War has made Syria’s media slicker and more responsive but the message is still selective

    As the country falls apart, normal life continues on Syrian state TV

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    Jim Muir is a BBC correspondent based in Beirut, and has monitored the Syrian crisis since it erupted in March 2011. Any views expressed are his own

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    Reading list: Greece

    The 13th Labour of Hercules: Inside the Greek Crisis
    Yannis Palaiologos (Portobello Books £9.87)
    From tax-dodging ship-owners to self-serving functionaries, the Greek state is all but immobilized by constituencies that are determined to resist change. These pathologies of the Hellenic polity are analysed by a bilingual Oxford graduate who has enjoyed success not only as a reporter but as a satirical playwright. 

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    Bruce Clark, author of ‘Twice a Stranger: How Mass Expulsion Forged Modern Greece and Turkey’ and The Economist’s Erasmus blog

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    Sailing into the mafia’s arms

    The journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean is not the only danger facing migrants fleeing Africa. Once they arrive in Italy, they are increasingly vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

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    Simon Massey is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University

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    Ten minutes with Andrei Soldatov, investigative journalist

    The Russian expert on the secret services describes how Vladimir Putin’s regime monitors the internet

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    Interview: Philippe Douste-Blazy

    The French cardiologist, politician and pioneer of micro-levies explains how adding one dollar to every airfare has raised $2.1 billion and can be a painless solution to improve the health of the world's poor.

    714Alan Philps
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    How the Sustainable Development Goals can be made to work for the world's poorest

    Fifteen years after the Millennium Development Goals were set in place, the UN's new targets are ambitious. They will need the mobilization of private finance and people all over the world holding their governments to account.

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    Mark Suzman is president of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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    The route to a safer future with fewer road deaths

    Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people between 15 and 29. It's time to address this neglected and preventable challenge.

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    Lord Robertson of Port Ellen is Chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety and a trustee of the FIA Foundation, a UK charity which supports international road traffic injury prevention

  • The World Today

    The West must address the chaos it has sown in the Middle East

    Bombing the jihadists of Islamic State will only create similar groups. What is needed is a non-military approach to the many problems of the region

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  • The World Today

    Expert view: What happens next after the Iran nuclear agreement?

    There will be shocks but Iran has more incentives to honour the agreement than to subvert it.

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    Yemen: Aden is being torn apart

    Amid fractured alliances, the era of a united Yemen is coming to an end

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    Iona Craig won the 2014 Martha Gellhorn Prize for her ‘courageous, insightful and humane reporting’ from Yemen, and the Frontline Club print award in the same year for coverage of an American drone strike that hit a wedding convoy

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