The Afghan capital, far and away its largest city, is safer than ever by most measures. Of course, not all is well. In addition to the Serena attack, a popular Lebanese restaurant was bombed this past winter and many expatriates killed; a Norwegian journalist was recently murdered in cold blood on a street by a … More Afghanistan is doing better than you think
Pleased to see that I’m not the only interviewer who has occasionally brainstorms. In this part of the world I can easily blunder into the “did you see the cricket last night?” mode. Even Edward Luce, the FT’s chief US commentator does it, rather brilliantly, here with Prince Turki al-Faisal, billed here as the most … More You must like sugar in your tea…
Solid analysis – as ever – from the Afghanistan Analysts Network on who murdered Nils Horner, the Swedish journalist. Islami Tahrik Fedai Mahaz has claimed the killing. But as this report points out, they may be best described as Jihadi entrepreneurs or PR warriors. And their claims should best be taken with pinch of salt. … More Who killed Nils Horner?
A new issue of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s magazine Inspire is out. I don’t know what it says about the banality of evil, but flicking through each new edition I’m always struck by the apparent naivety of evil. Or the amateurish approach. In the Taliban’s English language mag it was their tribute to the … More Al-Qaeda’s advice for the gullible
Brilliant post by David Bezmozgis on the problems he now faces with his novel about Crimea. If only events would stop for a bit, so he can finish his book. The piece taps into the age old question about whether fiction can ever deal with our absurd world, which I wrote about with reference to … More A fool’s errand?
One day I’d like to go to a concert, or a reading, or a book launch or some such in Pakistan or Afghanistan that isn’t sponsored by an embassy, a United Nations programme, an anti-drugs campaign or whatever. One day, maybe I will be able to go to an event that someone has put on … More Music in Pakistan