Please Inform Allah

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I wrote about PIA, Pakistan’s national airline, some weeks ago in The Sunday Telegraph. Fresh moves are afoot to bring it into the 21st century by ending the bleeding of cash, updating the fleet and rationalising its bloated workforce. I wish it the very best. You’ll also … More Please Inform Allah

Why Ferguson?

After decades of relative calm and stability, the apartments have become a tinderbox for crime. Canfield Green Apartments and the nearby Oakmont and Northwinds complexes are a study of the slow encroachment of poverty and social distress into what had been suburban escapes. Good piece in The St Louis Post Dispatch about why Ferguson…

Whatever you think about intervention, there’s no alternative in Iraq. Today. This minute

I was in Benghazi  on the morning when Gadaffi troops stormed its streets in 2011. Shells bracketed through the city, almost street by street . The place was in fear, aware that as the cradle of the revolution its residents would not be spared. Mosques boomed “Allahu Akhbar” from their minarets – part warning, part … More Whatever you think about intervention, there’s no alternative in Iraq. Today. This minute

Basic misperceptions about polio

Very useful preliminary study from the Harvard School of Public Health on attitudes to polio and its vaccine in Nigeria and Pakistan. Tends to suggest some very basic messages are not getting through. In Pakistan and Nigeria, Parents’ Misperceptions Could Erode Demand in Future Although parental demand has reached very high levels, poll results suggest there are … More Basic misperceptions about polio