The Paris-based Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun regards himself as a spokesman for the Arab revolution. His latest book, however, shows him to be just a last minute arrival to the cause, writes Niklas Bender in his book reviewMore
Boats carrying more than 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants arrived off the coasts of Indonesia and Malaysia last week after human traffickers reportedly dumped the boats in shallow waters. Others have entered Thailand's territorial waters. Some refugees were able to land; others have been towed back out to sea in their boats. All three countries have stated that they view the refugees as illegal migrants and have said they would provide food and water for them but not safe harbour. In this photo gallery, we take a look at the refugees' ordeal.