https://twitter.com/slangincrack/status/592849255183872000 Except SlanginCrack and his, er, pals did no such thing in Baltimore. I thought this image seemed familiar and sure enough – as @buileshuibhne points out here in a post that you absolutely must read – it is indeed familiar, having first been posted in 2012. It actually shows a KFC in Karachi. I remember the … More A photo of Karachi’s KFC branch went viral during the Baltimore riots…
Bonhams in New York has a World War Two auction tomorrow. As well as a surrender order sent by the surrounded German president to the head of the Luftwaffe and the effects of the Enola Gay’s co-pilot, there’s a great selection of propaganda posters. These Keep Calm and Carry On will sell for a packet, … More The propaganda war
Did you notice this yesterday? The NY Times named the former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Centre… Perhaps no single C.I.A. officer has been more central to the effort than Michael D’Andrea, a gaunt, chain-smoking convert to Islam who was chief of operations during the birth of the agency’s detention and interrogation program and then, as … More
It is four years since I met Sabeen Mahmud. Salman Taseer had been shot dead in Islamabad for his stance on blasphemy and The Sunday Telegraph wanted a piece on Pakistan’s small band of liberal activists. I had heard of a place called The Second Floor (T2F) in Karachi. It sounded like it would fit the … More What we have lost with the murder of Sabeen Mahmud
I’m not a great believer in getting up early. I prefer to work late. But when I did need to get on with creative thinking (what I still insist on calling “my book”) and mesh it with a “day job” then the best time to make progress was first thing in the morning. And if … More Daily routines of creative people
There was a time living in Kenya, when the more seasoned – or cynical – among us hacks would ponder what to do about Somalia. Eventually someone would say: “Brick it up. Last man standing is declared president.” They would say it half in jest. It was more an admission of Somalia’s unfixable status than … More Is it really time to brick up Somalia?
“The government call to arms is carried out through the tribal leaders,” Hilal said. “Every government comes and finds us here. When they leave, we will still be here. When they come back, we will still be here. We will always be here.” From time to time, I still go back and read Samantha Power’s … More Musa Hilal’s prophetic words in Darfur