Bakdash, a modest shop planted in the centre of 18th-century Souq al-Hamidiya in Damascus, is mobbed from morning to night

Four years of warfare, destruction, displacement and sanctions have shattered the Syrian economy. Its currency value has fallen dramatically from 55-6(...)

Choco-Pie: to South Koreans, Choco-Pies are like Kimberley biscuits or Club Milks are in Ireland but to North Koreans, they are a form of currency, a symbol of South Korean prosperity and a marshmallow-filled delight that is hugely popular underground in the communist enclave

It’s strange to think of seaweed farmed off the coast of Cork becoming an ingredient in one of the great geopolitical stories of the age.To South Kore(...)