Billionaires and art

NY Times does an interesting bit of number crunching on the sale of Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version O), which fetched $179m – a new world record at auction. Why are art prices rocketing? It is to do with a limited pool of artefacts, and a growing pool of wealth at the top. For its analysis, the NY … More Billionaires and art

“Mr Ambassador…. I didn’t wake you did I…”

This is by far my favourite tale from the OBL raid. It gives the sense of utter shock running through the Pakistani government as it realised what had just happened on its soil… The American ambassador’s phone rang shortly after 3am. It was Salman Bashir, the civil servant who heads Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs: … More “Mr Ambassador…. I didn’t wake you did I…”

I read Seymour Hersh’s OBL theory so you don’t have to

Seymour Hersh has an incredible story in the London Review of Books that purports to reveal the truth about Osama bin Laden’s life and death in Abbottabad. The crucial details are contained in a single paragraph: This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault … More I read Seymour Hersh’s OBL theory so you don’t have to