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?

Israeli assault on Gaza flotilla

Are Obama’s hands tied on Iran?

Cameroon: World leaders and Nobel Peace Prize winners debate Africa’s future

15,000 British women strip for a cause

“The Forsaken - from the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s Russia”

“How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone”

A hunger for justice in Western Sahara

Obama faces his greatest test over Iran

Chomsky’s optimism of the will

Impossible shoes to fill: Zuma and South Africa’s post-Mandela leadership crisis

Harking back to the ghosts of District Six

Nelson Mandela’s short walk to freedom remembered

Tony Blair at the Iraq Inquiry

United Kingdom-Iraq: Pride and Shame

Matters of life and death in Western Sahara

Terrorism and Africa: Blood in the Sand

The longest day: Hunger-striking human rights activist arrives home in Western Sahara

Hunger-striking human rights activist hospitalised as British delegation arrive

Hunger-striking Nobel Peace Prize activist calls on World Leaders for their support

Western Sahara: Joy turns to anger

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