An Unsafe Haven: Essential Reading on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we think everyone should read An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar. The book is fictional and a relatively easy read, but it contains a clear and important message about the way we see the Syrian conflict and its victims. It shows the destabilising effects of the war on neighbouring Lebanon … Continue reading An Unsafe Haven: Essential Reading on World Refugee Day

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The Last Optimist in Baghdad

The Last Optimist in Baghdad by Dr Brian Brivati is the true story of Ghassan Jawad Kadhim – an optimist, a peacemaker, a father, a friend. An Iraqi. This moving memoir of the resilience of one man manages to tell the tale of the ceaseless endurance of Iraq as a whole, providing a poignant insight … Continue reading The Last Optimist in Baghdad

6 Ways to Experience the Middle East without leaving London

You might be craving hungover falafel after a heavy weekend or perhaps looking for the perfect spa treatment to end a tough day. Or maybe you’re simply looking for a culture-filled way to spend an afternoon or an undercover shisha to take the edge off those thunderstorms forecasted… Whatever the case, Pink Jinn’s got you covered … Continue reading 6 Ways to Experience the Middle East without leaving London

The Silk Roads: History as you’ve never been taught it

If you read one book this year, it should be Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. His captivating exploration of the historic interactions between empires, countries and cultures follows the routes of the ancient Silk Roads, which served to link the Mediterranean in the west to China in the east. … Continue reading The Silk Roads: History as you’ve never been taught it