Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent’s Jerusalem correspondent. The paper’s former foreign editor and deputy foreign editor, Alistair joined The Independent in 2008 as a business correspondent. He is a Liverpool fan, in exile

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The boda-boda taxis i.e. motorbikes of the Ugandan capital Kampala are the choice form of transport for just about everyone

Postcard from... Kampala

It’s quick. It’s cheap.  And any health and safety authority west of Cyprus would ban it in an instant. But from teenagers with their eyes glued to their mobile phones, to elderly women with improbably  large numbers of shopping bags, the boda-boda taxis  of the Ugandan capital Kampala are the choice  form of transport for just about everyone.

Paedophile Mayiga Abdullah

Ugandan girls giving up education in the hope of being provided for – by paedophiles

The acceptance of cross-generational sex as normal in parts of East Africa is condemning adolescents to terrible consequences
Demonstrators march during a Pro-Independence demonstration as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia in Barcelona

Catalans who want independence are being thwarted by a flawed Spanish constitution

Political decision-making in Madrid – or a lack of it – has created a mess

Kim Yong Nam, foreground-left, is visiting Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to find allies like the long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who gave a state dinner in honor of Kim Yong Nam and commended the Pyongyang government as a symbol of the fight against what he called Western Imperialism

North Korea strengthens ties in East Africa

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is increasingly seen as an anti-Western

Former Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan

Sir Alan Duncan's 'apartheid' attack on Israel settlement building angers Jewish groups

Sir Alan described Israeli settlement building as an ‘ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe’

Matthew Gould described the annexation of Palestinian land as a stain on the face of the globe

Israel losing support in UK because of settlement building and Gaza offensive, ambassador warns

Former Tory minister also describes Israel's actions as akin to 'apartheid'

Scottish independence: Why are many Catalans desperately hoping that Scotland will vote 'yes'?

Alistair Dawber talks to people in two very different places who are facing strangely similar dilemmas

Postcard from... Madrid

It’s back! For decades a huge Tio Pepe advertising sign hung over Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol until 2011 when, to the dismay of many Madrileños, it was taken down at the request of the new owners’ of the building it was attached to as part of a renovation effort. They subsequently decided the 78-foot-long illuminated sign did not suit their tastes.

Postcard from... Madrid

Will it be Cibeles or Neptuno? By Saturday evening one of the fountains that dissect Madrid’s main thoroughfare, the Castellana, will be packed with fans of either Real or Atletico.

The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Classes 1910-2010 by Selina Todd, book review

This excellent account charts the highs and lows of the working classes

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