Mark MacKinnon

Mark MacKinnon


Senior International Correspondent for The Globe and Mail. Now based in London, after stops in Moscow, the Middle East, and Beijing. DMs open.

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The Taliban say they don't want to monopolize power in Afghanistan, but warn there can be no peace until President Ashraf Ghani is removed from office

“Even in the civil war, there was nothing so bad as this.” Lebanon faces a currency crisis, shortages of electricity, fuel, and medicines - and growing fears of violence. My long read on a disaster created by corruption and geopolitics

“I need medicine! You need medicine! We all need medicine!” A father - and a country - pushed to the limits of what they can tolerate. My long read on Lebanon’s dangerous and deepening crisis

When I visited his hometown of Tripoli earlier this month, Najib Miqati’s name was synonymous with the corruption and nepotism that had ruined the country. Now he’s been named Lebanon’s prime minister-designate…

Afghanistan and the world's deadliest urban-rural divide. (Map via )

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The US is now on pace to have the worst coronavirus outbreak anywhere...

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There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket - only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)...

The moment Serbian President Vucic realizes that the statement he just signed (apparently without reading) commits his country to moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem...

Very dark - @navalny  says not to believe it if he “accidentally” dies in jail. “Just in case, I am announcing that I don’t plan to either hang myself on a window grill or cut my veins or throat open with a sharpened spoon. I use the stairs very carefully.”

Alexey Navalny’s spokeswoman says the Russian opposition leader is now unconscious after his suspected poisoning.

After a day of delays and changing stories, allies of stricken Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny finally gave permission to get him to a specialist poison hospital in Berlin. My report on some very strange happenings in Omsk

The above graphic is a screenshot from @jburnmurdoch 's great work for @FT . Check out all the data here:

I wonder if late Roman Empire Twitter was like this.

In which @Ryanair  omits that its plane was forced down by a Belarusian fighter jet under false pretences and that one of its paying customers was abducted and may face execution by a state he had no intention of travelling to...

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