As someone who takes a zero tolerance policy towards margarine, I’m very pleased to see Pakistan’s police taking spurious “butter” seriously
France, the United Nations and the African Union dispatched some 4,000 troops soon after the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, warned that the C.A.R. was “on the verge of genocide.” Yet the country doesn’t face genocide; it is experiencing state collapse and limited intercommunal killings after a military takeover by a coalition of undisciplined militiamen … More Another African genocide….
Zar Jan was in his tea shop when a bomb ripped through Qissa Khwani Bazaar – Peshawar’s storytellers market – two and half months ago. “I can still hear the sound of the explosion even now in my head. I was wounded badly and thought I would die,” he said. Outside, more than 40 people … More Qehwa in Peshawar’s storytellers market
On my wedding day, my wife and I hired a couple of shuttle vans to ferry guests between a San Clemente hotel and the nearby site where we held our ceremony and reception. I thought of our friends and family members packed into those vehicles when I read about the latest nightmarish consequence of America’s … More Drones over California?
One of the first articles I wrote in my first job at The Chester Chronicle was on the new farmers* market in the city. This would have been about 1999. Supermarkets had ravaged the British high street sending traditional family greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers to the wall. Small producers, who couldn’t deliver tonnes of blemish-free … More Why does Islamabad need a farmers market?
If you thought the conflict under way in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was complex, well this rather wonderful map shows that ain’t the half of it. In all, it includes 30 different armed groups and lists 11 more that aren’t shown, including Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (I’ve written about his … More Mapping Congo’s conflicts
Letter of the day in my house. And answer to this problem is of course to stay off the Internet. But frankly it’s hard to disagree.
Flicking through the latest issue of Azan, the English-language recruitment tool of the Taliban in Khurasan, and my attention is grabbed by this homage to the humble Honda 125. Apparently this motorbike is responsible for (and I’m roughly paraphrasing here) sending the Crusaders packing. All praise is due to Allah Who has made the Crusaders … More Steeds of War: The Honda 125
Nelson Mandela was no saint. The flaws in his personal life are well-known. He was a founder of the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation – which launched attacks on the racist South African government. Once in power himself, he should have done more to halt the spread of HIV … More Mandela is no saint – and that’s a great thing
Interesting piece in The Guardian on Ethiopia as an “African lion” with a rapidly increasing number of millionaires, up from 1300 in 2007 to 2700 this year. During that period, its GDP had grown 93%. But for me, perhaps the most telling line is this: “The millionaires are growing at a faster rate than the … More African Lions