Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is foreign affairs editor at the Observer. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East, and has written widely on human rights issues and the impact of conflict on civilians. The winner of the George Orwell Prize for his reports from Iraq he is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict

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Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 12:12pm
Syria's Agony Prolonged While Russia and America Pursue Regional Agendas
Kofi Anna, who has resigned as the United Nations and Arab League special envoy on Syria , has had a bad press in certain quarters of late.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 10:31am
It's Not Just Our Leaders Who are in a Crisis. Democracy Itself is Failing
Are the following intimations of a global crisis in the legitimacy of western democracy? Ireland's confidential budget plan, unseen by the Irish electorate, is leaked by European finance officials to the German parliament where the proposals are examined by the German finance committee.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 4:29pm
Libya is Not Helped by This Prism of Propaganda
Sitting in Tripoli is to be disconnected from reality. There is the propaganda effort from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime that sometimes would verge on the ridiculous if the situation were not so tragic. This is a phenomenon that has been well documented by the media camped here at the regime's invitation.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 11:21am
The CIA's Willing Torturers
There is a moment in the still heavily redacted CIA inspector general's report into its use of harsh interrogation techniques against al-Qaida suspects that speaks volumes of how torture is allowed to become acceptable.
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