Charles Stratford

Charles Stratford

Charles Stratford is a correspondent with Al Jazeera English. He has covered politics and conflicts in various countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Hamas defiant after Israeli threats over burning kites

Gaza's governing party says protesters have right to continue sending flaming kites that Israel claims have destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops.

Hamas defiant after Israeli threats over burning kites

Palestine

Palestine: Unregulated tobacco industry on the rise

With high unemployment in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians are turning to the informal tobacco market, in which the required water - restricted by Israel - to cultivate is low and demand is high.

Palestine: Unregulated tobacco industry on the rise

Middle East

Israel: Top court temporarily blocks demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Khan al-Ahmar was scheduled for demolition to expand the illegal Male Adumin settlement.

Israel: Top court temporarily blocks demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Middle East

Egypt coup: Five years since Sisi took power

After months of protests demanding the newly elected President Mohamed Morsi step down, Sisi said the coup was necessary to 'prevent Egypt slipping into a dark tunnel of civil unrest'.

Egypt coup: Five years since Sisi took power

Asia

Child labour in Bangladesh's cheap cigarette factories

Some of the children filmed secretly making cheap hand-rolled cigarettes, popularly known as bidis, for $1 a day look barely 10 years old.

Child labour in Bangladesh's cheap cigarette factories

Middle East

Iraq needs $90bn to rebuild after 15 years of war

The war against ISIL destroyed entire cities; at least $10bn are needed to rebuild the capital of Anbar alone.

Iraq needs $90bn to rebuild after 15 years of war

Middle East

Large fire at warehouse for ballots from disputed Iraqi election

The conflagration at the eastern Baghdad warehouse did not destroy ballot boxes and the cause remains unknown.

Large fire at warehouse for ballots from disputed Iraqi election

Middle East

Iraq post-ISIL: Hundreds of bodies found buried in Mosul

The remains of ISIL fighters are being found close to dead civilians who were unable to escape the fighting in Iraq's second-largest city.

Iraq post-ISIL: Hundreds of bodies found buried in Mosul

Middle East

Iraq: Vote fraud allegations trigger recount, fear of turmoil

Electoral commission cancelling results from more than 1,000 polling stations used in this month's parliamentary vote.

Iraq: Vote fraud allegations trigger recount, fear of turmoil

Asia

Protests against copper plant in India turn deadly

Anti-pollution protesters have been demanding the closure of a copper smelter in the town of Tuticorin for months.

Protests against copper plant in India turn deadly

Middle East

Iraq election: Al-Abadi will have to negotiate his future

The incumbent prime minister did not win the majority he was expecting to in Iraq’s election, trailing behind Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance and Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah.

Iraq election: Al-Abadi will have to negotiate his future

Middle East

Iraq's government sets up polling stations for IDPs

Iraq has made preparations to allow camps of internally displaced persons to vote, but there has been little campaigning and most camp residents say they are most interested in returning home.

Iraq's government sets up polling stations for IDPs