If you’re struggling to understand quite what’s going on in Pakistan at the moment, there was a lovely, illuminating quote in the Wall Street Journal yesterday… Gen. Kayani’s ability to accede to U.S. demands is greatly limited by events like the one Saturday, which stoke anti-U.S. fervor in Pakistan, said Talat Masood, a retired general … More A Deliberate Act of Aggression?
Even by the standards of recent Pakistan-US relations, the killing of as many as 25 Pakistani soldiers by Nato-led forces yesterday can only send an already fragile alliance into a tail spin. Islamabad has closed its land crossings to Nato supply convoys heading to Afghanistan. And with anti-American demonstrations planned for later today, things will … More Pakistan’s Papers React to Cross-Border Strike
I’m a big fan of Christopher Hitchens. So when I stumped up a hefty wodge of cash for his latest collection of columns I was pleased to find the dust cover showed the author standing in front of his book shelves. What a chance to peruse the reading matter of one of our great writers. … More The Selected Library of Christopher Hitchens (Possibly)
Interesting analysis of Facebook’s seamless sharing by the FT last week. Hat tip @mikewhills Apparently, old stories are being rediscovered as they go viral for the first time… Throughout this week, most or all of the “most shared” and, by extension, “most viewed” stories on Independent.co.uk have been from the late 1990s. Most are oddball … More Man Marries Goat (again)
It was a conversation we returned to many times as we sipped caffe macchiatos in Benghazi’s Ouzu hotel back in March. I would sit in the evenings with pals – mostly old Africa hands who had learned their trade covering conflict in Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo – discussing the young freelancers who had … More War Reporting for Newbies
The Columbia Journalism Review has a reading list for aspiring journalists, recommended by writers, journalists and acdemics. Of the 48 titles, I have read two – On Writing by Stephen King and the second volume of George Orwell’s collected essays. As one of the commentators suggests, this is rather “high falutin” list, with some pretty … More My Reading List for Future Journalists