John Beck

middle east

Egypt's Journalists Have Launched a Fightback Against Government Repression

The arrest of two journalists has prompted an anti-government backlash amongst Egyptian press, in perhaps the most striking of a number of recent challenges to President Sisi's hold on power.
John Beck
5.6.16
Europe

The Dream of a New Life in Europe Is Over for These Migrants Arriving in Turkey

VICE News was at one of the Turkish ports where the first boats carrying migrants arrived from Greece on Monday under the terms of a controversial new EU deal.
John Beck
4.4.16
middle east

Syrian Ceasefire Sees Popular Backlash Against Al-Qaeda

Recent clashes between rebels from the secular Free Syrian Army and the hardine religious al-Nusra are a sign of just how serious tensions have become, commanders from both groups told VICE News.
John Beck
3.30.16
middle east

Investigating the Fatal Sinking of a Refugee Boat and the Brutal Treatment of Those Who Survived

At least 22 people died in September when a boat filled with refugees sank in the Aegean Sea. VICE News conducted extensive interviews with survivors about what happened that night, and in the days that followed.
John Beck
3.14.16
Asia

In Photos: Decommissioned Airplanes Provide Shelter for Bangkok's Homeless

In the sprawling suburbs of the Thai capital, between a busy thoroughfare and a pungent canal, more than half a dozen scrapped passenger jets have become makeshift homes for a number of families.
John Beck
3.10.16
middle east

Turkey's Most Wanted: VICE News Meets PKK Leader Cemil Bayik

VICE News met with PKK leader Cemil Bayik in his northern Iraqi mountain stronghold to discuss the ongoing conflict with Turkish armed forces as well as the battle against the Islamic State.
John Beck
1.22.16
2015 the year in review

The Year the Whole World Got Involved in Syria

Foreign intervention in Syria's seemingly intractable conflict is nothing new, but this year saw new levels of involvement from opponents and allies of President Bashar al-Assad.
John Beck
12.26.15
middle east

Caught Between the Islamic State and Erdogan: Turkey's Most Important Opposition Politician Talks to VICE News

VICE News sat down with Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of HDP and figurehead of the Kurdish political movement in Turkey, as violence between security forces and PKK militants continues to escalate.
John Beck
12.18.15
middle east

Pro-Kurdish Political Leader Calls for Resistance Against Turkish Security Operation

Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), urged local residents to embrace "honorable resistance" after fierce urban fighting that state media claims has killed dozens of Kurdish militants.
John Beck
12.18.15
middle east

Protests Erupt Across Turkey After Killing of Kurdish Lawyer Tahir Elci

Riot police in Istanbul used tear gas, rubber bullets, and a water cannon to quickly disperse a demonstration over the killing one of Turkey's most prominent human rights lawyers.
John Beck
11.28.15
middle east

Turkey's Nationalist Media Has a Field Day After Russian Plane Shootdown

According to media close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the shooting down of a Russian warplane for invading Turkey's airspace was proof that Turkey is now a major player.
John Beck
11.25.15
middle east

Some Yazidis Hesitate to Return to Sinjar After Ousting of the Islamic State

Heavy fighting and cruelty by the Islamic State has left lasting scars on both the Iraqi town and its people.
John Beck
11.15.15
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