I watched the Presidential debate with about 100 students at Stony Brook University, Long Island, where Iżm on a one-semester fellowship. At least here they were allowed to cheer and clap, unlike the
Iżm just back from Paris - exhausted and not a little upset by what I saw and heard. One of the few good things to come out of these bleak few days is the sudden interest in atrocities committed in
Britain is going all out to get Chinese investment and to increase British exports, but the Chinese are pragmatic too. They'll invest where they will get a good return and import the best products.
"If you have a young man of army age in your bus or someone they think is a spy, there's nothing you can do. They take them off the bus, beat them and send them back to Raqqa."
People sometimes say that foreign journalists make too much of the wanton demolition in historical sites such as Palmyra and Nineveh. People's lives matter more, they say.
In President Assad's heartland the Russian decision to start air strikes on Syrian rebel positions is being hailed by ordinary people, who hope they mark the beginning of the end of a long war.