Oggy Boytchev
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Oggy Boytchev - journalist and TV producer. Ex-BBC.
Author of 'Simpson & I: Between Two Worlds'
Oggy made a dramatic escape from behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria in January 1986. A few months later he joined the BBC World Service in London as a newsreader for the Bulgarian Section, before moving into mainstream journalism. In a BBC career spanning a quarter of a century he has covered the majority of international conflicts since the late eighties. Latterly, he became John Simpson's producer and accompanied him on dangerous undercover assignments around the world. He has produced television news reports and documentaries from more than forty countries and the world's major war zones.

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Pakistan's Tragedy, and Why 'Homeland' Is More Informative Than the News

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:01 AM

After the terrible massacre yesterday at Peshawar's Army Public School a three-day nationwide mourning begins in Pakistan. At least 132 children and 9 adults were killed by Taliban gunmen. The headmistress of the school, Mrs Tahira Kazi was burnt to death. A truly devastating tragedy!

The condemnation worldwide has been...

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Who Should Be Afraid of 'Amelia'?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 8:53 AM

No sooner than Prof Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest theoretical physicist of our time, warned in a BBC interview that the development of 'thinking machines' poses a threat to the very existence of the human race, two big corporations have announced that they are about to deploy...

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Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 8:23 AM

'Why didn't we hear about the battle for Baghdad, when we have heard so much about the battle for Kobane, a relatively insignificant small town in Syria on the border with Turkey?' wrote my former boss, John Simpson, in The New Statesman last week.

Regardless of the...

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Hong Kong Protests - China's New Tiananmen Moment

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Karl Marx once famously said: 'History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.' I wonder if China's second Tiananmen moment would be a tragedy, too. Because I do believe that what's happening in Hong Kong at the moment bears all the hallmarks of a Greek...

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Air Strikes, Hypocrisy and the Money Trail

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:23 AM

The chilling image of 'Jihadi John', the man in the Syrian Desert with a black scarf wrapped around his face, a glistening knife and a south London accent sent shock waves through Western capitals. Coupled with the prospect of a military and political collapse in neighbouring Iraq politicians from both...

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Scottish Referendum - A Very British Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 7:22 AM

On Friday morning, no matter how Scotland votes, the United Kingdom will never be the same again. Not because we might find ourselves at the beginning of a messy and painful divorce bearing in mind the chippiness of the SNP (Scottish National Party) and its leader, Alex Salmond. Not because...

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Putin's Crossing and the 'Chocolate King'

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 12:31 PM

'Dear comrade Putin,' says a woman who has lost a leg by a shrapnel during shelling near her home town in eastern Ukraine, 'we're told that fighters and weapons are coming across from Russia. Take pity on us because we're choking from grief and in blood. Please take back your...

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Jihad, Utopia and 'Muddled' Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:29 AM

'The enemy of my enemy is my friend' is often described as an Arabic proverb but it comes from Sanskrit. The new British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said on Radio 4's Today programme a few days ago that in his experience it no longer applied to the 'new' Middle East....

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Drones, 'War Porn' and Manipulation

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Replacing photojournalists with drones will only bring us 'war porn', proclaimed The Telegraph in response to my suggestion that unmanned drones will be sent into action to cover wars in the next decade.

It bemoaned the loss of the human touch when covering that most human of dramas...

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