Stefan Simanowitz

A London-based writer, broadcaster and journalist, Stefan Simanowitz writes for publications in the UK and around the world including the: Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, Washington Times, Global Post, Huffington Post, New Statesman, In These Times, New Internationalist, Prospect, Lancet,, Contemporary Review, Mail & Guardian.

He has a background in policy, political strategy and international human rights law and has worked for the European Commission, Liberty and the ANC during South Africa’s first democratic election campaign. He has reported from mass graves in Somaliland and Indonesia, prisons in Cameroon and South Africa, refugee camps in the Sahara desert and he writes on all aspects of global politics. He also has an interest in culture and travel, writing reviews on music, literature, film and theatre and taking photographs to accompany his reviews and reportage.

Twitter @StefSimanowitz

While the hunger strike may have made its greatest political gains in the 20th century helping to expose injustice, overturn prejudice and even overthrow empires, the release of Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak earlier this month, after a 95-day hunger strike, demonstrates this ancient form of protest has lost none of its power. Indeed, in the digital age, the hunger strike is finding new influence.

Royal Wedding article from Al Jazeera’s wedding correspondent

Burqa Ban: Islamophobia verses the Enlightenment

FiSahara: British film industry at Sahara refugee film festival

Gaddafi regime’s “last stand” mentality

Contingency plans to protect civilians in Libya

Can the US allow democracy to take root in Egypt’s shifting sands?

Obama: Can he live up to the promises made in his Cairo speech?

International recognition vital for Southern Sudan

WikiLeaks copycat reveals Indonesia’s bloody secrets

Wikileaks could create Iranian isolationism

Kate Middleton: An unlikely class warrior

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Obama, Indonesia and human rights

Burma election: ’Where’s the story?’

Running the gauntlet: Silent Saharawis protest on streets of Western Sahara

Human rights defenders beaten at Western Saharan airport

Algeria-Morocco: Violent clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off

Beneath the Islamic beards and burqas

Al Qaeda in Yemen

How I stumbled on my Facebook spy

Why we can’t be charitable to Blair

"Intervention will harm Iran’s democratic movement”

7/7 Bombings showed we do not know our enemy

The day Somaliland voters braved al Qaeda threats to engage in “the Devil’s practice”

Kampala killings and al-Qaeda in Africa

Vieux Farka Toure coming out of his father’s shadow

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