So after five days of deliberating, Nawaz Sharif has decided to accept the offer and attend Narendra Modi’s inauguration. Pakistan’s English-language newspapers – or at least those that have published an editorial – are agreed that this is a good thing. And not only that, it represents a victory for Mr Sharif. They also point … More A victory for “brave” Nawaz
Marvellous. I’ve already stocked up on Gatorade and toilet paper.
You’d think security officials, terrorist experts and American presidents would steer clear of basketball metaphors after that unfortunate WMD slam dunk business. You’d be wrong. Earlier this year Barack Obama had this to say about al-Qaeda’s strength, after senior figures such as Osama bin Laden had been taken out but a number of regional franchises … More Double dribbing with terrorists, or something
Today in Pakistan there’ll be a lot of attention given to the announcement in the US that the CIA has promised not to use vaccination programmes as cover for covert operations. That decision is of course a good thing. But in Pakistan the fake hepatitis campaign in Abbottabad has become a convenient excuse for the … More The CIA and polio in Pakistan: A hard truth
So I’ve had my polio vaccination and am free to travel once Pakistan’s travel embargo comes into force next month. Well, once I’ve waited the requisite four weeks anyway. Fair to say it’s caused some consternation among expats with summer holiday plans. For me it was only a mild inconvenience, and given the way Pakistan … More I’ve had my polio vaccination
Have the US Secretary of State pose with 10 female Afghan journalists visiting Washington, and post the image to the US embassy Kabul’s facebook page to show how America is promoting and empowering women in journalism. Cue screeds of abuse….
It’s a new breed of internet start-ups that seek to explain the news to people who need it explaining. They follow the success of Nate Silver’s work, separating signal from noise, and seek in part to bring the same back-to-basics approach to all news. There’s Vox – from Ezra Klein – and Silver’s own FiveThirtyEight. … More So what is an explainer news site?
Most reporters like to write long. There’s no better way to show off one’s style, erudition and depth of understanding. But my days as a sub-editor taught me one important lesson: Reporters are mostly wrong. In particular, there was never once a story that didn’t benefit from a bit of pruning. Most writing – and … More Write shorter