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June – Irish Times, Maclean’s, SME

‘Is Brexit the start of a new war against globalization?’, Maclean’s, June 25, 2016

‘Talking Brexit in the Calais Jungle’, Maclean’s, June 21, 2016

IMG_6286Back reporting from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

‘The war the world forgot: Nigeria’s displaced contemplate returning home’, Irish Times, June 11, 2016

_MGL0602A Nigerian IDP and her child, born while they were hiding in the bush from Boko Haram, for the Irish Times.

I was also interviewed by Slovakian broadsheet SME about the EU referendum and the feelings on the ground here in London.

Included in the full list of mentors for the Refugee Journalism Project run jointly by the London College of Communication/Migrants Resource Centre now up here.

April – VICE News, One World Media Awards, Business Insider (selected)

‘Nigeria’s Self-Styled Warriors: Meet the Vigilante Army Taking on the World’s Deadliest Terrorist Group’, VICE News, Apr 28, 2016 (in Spanish)

IMG_1553A man raising a supportive hand in London as a busload of protesting junior doctors passes by, for VICE News.

‘In Photos: England’s Junior Doctors Protest as All-Out Strike Enters Second Day’, VICE News, Apr 26, 2016

‘UK Politicians Reject Move to Accept 3,000 Unaccompanied Refugee Children’, VICE News, Apr 26, 2016

‘Boko Haram’s War on Women: Abductees Speak of Systematic Rape, Suicide Bombers, and Survival’, VICE News, Apr 25, 2016 (in Spanish; also published on Business Insider)

_MGL09606-day-old babies born to a woman who was raped by a Boko Haram fighter in northeast Nigeria, for VICE News.

‘Obama’s “Town Hall” Meeting with British Youth Covered Gender Rights, Islamophobia, and Leadership’, VICE News, Apr 23, 2016

‘Obama Warns the UK That There Will Be Consequences if It Leaves the EU’, VICE News, Apr 22, 2016

‘Meet the Former WWII Refugee Leading the Call for Britain to Take In Unaccompanied Minors’, VICE News, Apr 22, 2016

‘Survivors Say Hundreds of People Have Drowned in Mediterranean Boat Sinking’, VICE News, Apr 20, 2016 (in Italian, Spanish, and French)

‘As Video of Chibok Girls Gives New Hope, We Speak to Survivors of Boko Haram’, VICE News, Apr 14, 2016

‘On Second Anniversary of Chibok Kidnapping, the Man Who Started #BringBackOurGirls’, VICE News, Apr 14, 2016

It was also great to serve as a judge for the One World Media Awards. Nominees are now up here.

March – VICE News (selected)

easter risingReporting on Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin, Ireland, in blue hood and black jacket on the right. Photo via Irish Defence Forces.

‘Ireland Marks 100 Years Since “Easter Rising” Against British Rule’, VICE News, Mar 28, 2016

IMG_5844 (1)IMG_5985 (1)IMG_6063 (1)Photos of Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin, Ireland, for VICE News.

‘These North Korean Defectors Are Leading Calls for Kim Jong-un to Face the ICC’, VICE News, Mar 15, 2016

‘Bahrain Detains Activist and Her Baby Son in Ongoing “Cat-and-Mouse” Crackdown’, VICE News, Mar 14, 2016

‘Inside the Underground Efforts to Liberate Saudi Arabia’s Domestic Workers’, VICE News, Mar 9, 2016

‘An Infamous Undercover Cop Has Been Tracked to Australia — Where He’s Teaching Police Tactics’, VICE News, Mar 9, 2016 (in French)

‘Clearing France’s Migrant Camps: What’s Next For Thousands of Evicted Refugees?’, VICE News, Mar 7, 2016 (in Italian)

IMG_5630IMG_5457Reporting from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France, during mass evictions, for VICE News.

‘We Visited the Lesser-Known French Migrant Camp That’s Next in Line for Evictions’, VICE News, Mar 4, 2016

‘Migrants Sew Their Lips Shut in Protest at Calais “Jungle” Demolition’, VICE News, Mar 2, 2016 (photo also used in VICE News video dispatch; in Spanish and French)

IMG_5497An Iranian man sewed his lips together in protest at the treatment of migrants and refugees in Calais, France. For VICE News.

I was also referenced in the Independent.

February – VICE News, Today FM (selected)

‘Soldiers, Spies, and Police Officers Launch Campaign to Legalize Drugs in the UK’, VICE News, Feb 29, 2016 (in Spanish and French)

‘Ireland’s General Election Could Finally End Almost 100 Years of Civil War Politics’, VICE News, Feb 26, 2016

‘”Serious Failings” at BBC Allowed Decades of “Monstrous” Abuse by Broadcaster Jimmy Savile’, VICE News, Feb 25 (I also spoke about this on Today FM

‘Where Beauty Hides Brute Force: We Spoke to the Jailed Ex-President of the Maldives’, VICE News, Feb 24, 2016

‘Inside the UK Asylum System: From Eritrea to Northern England’, VICE News, Feb 19, 2016 (in French)

‘Calls for Justice Increase Amid Mourning for Murdered Student Giulio Regeni’, VICE News, Feb 12, 2016

‘In Photos: Thousands of Medical Workers Protest Pay Cuts and Longer Hours in London’, VICE News, Feb 6, 2016 (in Spanish)

IMG_5261IMG_5292Thousands of junior doctors protesting in London, UK. Photos for VICE News.

‘A Murder in Ethiopia Shows the Rastafarian Promised Land Is Far From Heavenly’, VICE News, Feb 6, 2016 (in French and Spanish)

IMG_3011 (1)Interviewing Rastafarians in Shashamane, Ethiopia. Photo for VICE News.

‘On Board the Russian Dissidents’ “Kleptocracy’ Bus”‘, VICE News, Feb 5, 2016 (in Italian)

‘World Leaders Are in London Trying to Raise Billions For Syria’, VICE News, Feb 4, 2016

‘Church and Mosque Bulldozed in Calais Jungle Refugee Camp’, VICE News, Feb 1, 2016

January – VICE News (selected)

‘Syrian Peace Talks Are Due to Start Today But No One Knows Who’ll Be There’, VICE News, Jan 29, 2016

‘Confiscations, Deportations, and Vague Promises: Europe Asylum Policy Shifts Again’, VICE News, Jan 28, 2016

‘Meet the Germans Taking Refugee Integration Into Their Own Hands — With Respect and Candy’, VICE News, Jan 27, 2016

‘”He Was My World”: We Spoke To Families and Survivors of Pakistan’s University Massacre’, VICE News, Jan 22, 2016 (joint byline)

‘In Photos: Retracing London’s Polonium Trail 10 Years After Alexander Litvinenko’s Death’, VICE News, Jan 21, 2016

‘Putin “Probably” Ordered Litvinenko’s Death, Inquiry Finds’, VICE News, Jan 21, 2016 (in French and Spanish, referenced by Echo 24)

‘The UK Just Made a “Ground-Breaking” Ruling on Refugee Children’, VICE News, Jan 20, 2016

‘Can the UK Keep Ignoring Child Refugees Desperate to Reach Their Families?’, VICE News, Jan 18, 2016 (in French)

IMG_4893Reporting from a memorial for Masud, a 15-year-old who died in Calais while trying to reach his family in the UK. Photo for VICE News.

‘”I Would Rather Die”: Migrants on Countdown to Be Evicted From Calais Jungle Homes’, VICE News, Jan 14, 2016 (in French)

‘Three Days Before France Bulldozes a Third of Calais Refugee Jungle’, VICE News, Jan 12, 2016 (in Spanish and French)

‘Retaliation Attacks in Cologne as “Hooligan” Gangs Launch Foreigner “Manhunt”‘, Jan 11, 2016

‘Here’s What Happened at the Dueling Protests Over the Mass Sexual Assault in Germany’, VICE News, Jan 9, 2016 (in Spanish and Dutch, mentioned by Business Insider)

IMG_4815 (1)Reporting from Cologne, Germany, after reports of mass sexual assaults on New Year’s, for VICE News.

‘An Unaccompanied 15-Year-Old Dies in Attempts to Reach His Sister in the UK’, VICE News, Jan 4, 2016 (referenced in an Amnesty International blog) 

December – VICE News, VICE Magazine (selected)

‘From Same-Sex Marriages to Brutal Murders: 2015 in Gay Rights’, VICE News, Dec 30, 2015

‘Charlie Hebdo “Set the Tone”: The Year in Questionable Allies and Freedom of Speech’, VICE News, Dec 25, 2015

‘Christmas in the Jungle: It’s the Worst Time of Year for Thousands of Refugees in Calais’, VICE News, Dec 24, 2015 (in French and Italian)

‘We’re Stuck in a Dangerous and Vicious Cycle, Say Experts, as Islamophobia Soars in the UK’, VICE News, Dec 7, 2015

‘Hundreds Attend Vigil at London Mosque Amid Surge of Islamophobic Incidents in the UK’, VICE News, Dec 5, 2015 (in Italian)

IMG_4452.jpgUK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an anti-Islamophobia rally in north London.

‘Inside an Academy for al Qaeda Jihadists Fighting Assad and the Islamic State’, VICE Magazine, December issue (in DanishRomanian, and German)


‘UK Votes to Bomb Islamic State in Syria as Protesters Stage ‘Die-In’ Outside Parliament’, VICE News, Dec 2, 2015 (coverage picked up by the Irish Examiner)

IMG_4293Protesters outside the UK Houses of Parliament on the night MPs voted to begin bombing ISIS in Syria.

‘”Terrorist Sympathizers”: Britain Split Down the Middle as Politicians Prepare to Vote on Bombing Syria’, VICE News, Dec 2, 2015

Irish Aid Blog Post 1 – Sally Hayden in Malawi

One of my new friends here has joked that there should be a video game called ‘Driving in Malawi’. You would spend your time dodging goats and chickens, and on either side of the road would be smoking trenches, the kind that replace footpaths, and double up as a means of waste disposal.


Malawi is incredible. This was a country that I couldn’t even begin to imagine, that barely gets a mention in histories of the continent. 694 pages of the tiny-fonted tome that is ‘The Scramble for Africa’ sees one passing acknowledgement, on page 678.

Since I arrived in the 17th least developed country in the world, two weeks after handing in my master’s thesis and completely alone, everyone has been so helpful. A presidential candidate took me to lunch, and then helped me move my luggage between accommodations, a broadcast journalist offered to share sources, and is bringing me to see his newsroom. Malawi’s biggest music festival, ‘City of Stars’, offered me a press pass. I am particularly excited to see the ‘Malawi Mouse Boys’, a four-piece band that divides their time between singing gospel music, and catching and barbequing mice, which they then sell to people on kebab sticks.

I’m talking to everyone, and learning everything from cultural niceties to political secrets. In Malawi “you’re looking really fat today” is a compliment, and calling something “Chinese” is an insult. Meanwhile, the country is still reeling from last week’s assassination attempt on government budget director Paul Mphwiyo, and fingers are pointing in all directions.

Politics dominates the discussion in all sectors of society, and the word ‘corruption’ permeates. When invisible, it is a noun to be resigned to, an immeasurable drain on development. When visible, it is a matter for huge condemnation…


Tibetan Buddhist Monk to Conduct Workshop

Published on the 5th July 2010 by the Santa Barbara Independent

Khenpo Tsering Samdup, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, will return to Santa Barbara to conduct a weekend program entitled “A Friend in the World: The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.” According to the advance publicity, he will explores how the Bodhisattva ideals of compassion and loving kindness can transform our lives and the lives of others.

khenpo is a Buddhist scholar who has studied the Buddha’s teachings for anywhere from nine to 15 years. Khenpo Tsering Samdup began his training at the Shri Karma Nalada Institute on the border of Tibet, now part of India, and in 1990 received the degree of acharya, which is characterized as the equivalent of a PhD in Buddhist philosophy. In 2002 he was appointed the headmaster of Shri Diwakar Vihara Buddhist Institute in Kalimpong, India, and he also continues to teach throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and America.

“Khenpo Tsering combines a rare blend of great humor, kindness, and superior knowledge that make meeting him a pleasure and learning from him an experience,” said Dawa Tarchin Phillips, resident teacher of the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Santa Barbara, in a written statement. ”Santa Barbara benefits from his visits and lectures especially in times like these when people are looking for answers that offer alternatives to existing ideas.”

4-1-1: The weekend course is scheduled on Friday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 5 p.m.. It will take place at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center, 30 West Mission Street, #7. The fee is $100, or $25/session, and everyone is welcome. For information or to preregister, call (805) 252-6137, or visit the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center Web site.

Internet Photo Gallery Raises Money For Haiti

Published on the 29th June 2010 by the Santa Barbara Independent has donated $5,000 to Direct Relief International, funds that were all raised from its Internet photo gallery sale.

Founded following the earthquake by Santa Barbara-based Specialty Color Services and Greg Lawlor, the special collection consists completely of donated photographs.

These currently include award-winning Western art and horse photography by Norm Clasen; several contributions by Amit Gupta, the founder of Photojojo; and a single edition of the iconic “Suzanne” by Joyce Tennyson. Discount codes on the site are designed to make purchases possible at any budget. Once purchased, museum-quality archival silver-halide prints are produced by Specialty Color Services, a custom photo lab, and shipped to the buyer.

In a written statement, Lawlor, a photographer and technology solutions consultant, said, “Our next donation will be allocated to the American Red Cross. We hope that people will continue to support our effort. There is still a massive amount of recovery work to be done. The great thing about this project is that contributors have the opportunity to build a beautiful collection of photography for themselves at very reasonable prices while helping others.

The earthquake in Haiti occurred on January 12, 2010, after which the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated that 230,000 people died while as many as one million people were made homeless.

The Berry Man and McConnell’s Join Forces



Published on the 29th June 2010 by the Santa Barbara Independent 

The Berry Man, Inc. is now distributingMcConnell’s ice cream out of its two distribution centers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Jim McCoy, owner of McConnell’s Ice Cream — a Santa Barbara fixture for the last 47 years — stated, “I remember when [Berry Man owner Guy De Mangeon] used to rent space from me. He had one truck and one employee. I would never have guessed that 20 years later I would be sitting across from him in his office pitching my products, but there we were. Life is funny like that.”

“It’s a sweet partnership anyway you look it,” said De Mangeon, owner and president of The Berry Man, Inc. “I thought it was a great idea from the moment Jim mentioned it. McConnell’s delivers two days a week but I deliver seven and I’m already going to most of the places Jim sells his product…It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”