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About Jan McGirk

Jan McGirk is an investigative journalist based in Jerusalem, where she now conducts research on conflict resolution.

Articles by Jan McGirk

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A curse on difference: gays vs zealots in Israel

Amid Israel's wider security crises, the aggravation surrounding a gay-pride march provoked fleeting religious unity and a sense of liberty besieged, reports Jan McGirk in Jerusalem.

Christians and Zionists: apocalypse row in Jerusalem

The "theo-con" ambitions of foreign evangelicals in Israel are challenging the delicate historical balance of Jerusalem's religious communities, reports Jan McGirk.

A blow to Israel's heart

The death of the soldier son of the prominent Israeli novelist and peace activist David Grossman symbolises the country's after-war wounds, reports Jan McGirk in Jerusalem.

Israelity check

People in Jerusalem are keeping a nervous eye on the "situation". But – amid thousands of evacuees from the north, the diplomatic fallout of the Qana massacre, and the distant threat of Hizbollah rockets – life in Israel goes on, finds just-arrived Jan McGirk.

Thailand's king and that democracy jazz

Thailand's revered King Bhumibol celebrates his sixty-year reign over a people and nation worried about endemic political uncertainty, reports Jan McGirk in Bangkok.

Thaksin Shinawatra: the end of the affair

Thailand’s prime minister made a spectacular gamble – and lost. Jan McGirk, in Bangkok, reports.

Thailand's rising tide

In face of mounting protests Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawtra is using all his political skills to secure his power, reports Jan McGirk in Bangkok.

Western NGOs and the tsunami test

A year on, western NGOs are being forced to learn some bitter lessons from their attempts to aid survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami, reports Jan McGirk.

Thailand's endemic insurgency

Muslim-majority southern Thailand is burning. Jan McGirk, in Bangkok, dissects the heart of a spreading conflict.

Kashmir: the politics of an earthquake

The jihadi-led aid efforts after the cataclysmic Kashmir earthquake expose deep fractures in Pakistani politics, reports Jan McGirk.

Bali's agony, Thailand's turmoil

Bali’s latest bombings and southern Thailand’s insurgency reflect the pressures of southeast Asia’s political and cultural border-zones, writes Jan McGirk in Bangkok.

Bali's message of dialogue

The tolerant, diverse Indonesian island of Bali, target of a terrorist assault in October 2002 that killed 202 people, has hosted an international, interfaith dialogue. Jan McGirk reports, and openDemocracy publishes the full text of the conference’s “Bali Declaration”.

Bambi vs Godzilla in Thailand

A corporation founded by Thailand’s prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is accusing a fearless young Thai journalist of libel. Jan McGirk is on the case of Supinya Klangnarong.
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