Somali good enough

Very keen to read Andrew Harding’s new book on Somalia, The Mayor of Mogadishu. There’s a fine review in The New York Times which finishes with some lines about the moral complexity of dealing with Somalia (much like other failed states)… As Harding’s fine book makes clear, morally compromised figures like Nur may be the … More Somali good enough

NYTimes: Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China

Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China http://nyti.ms/2hTHtWd This is one of the many reasons why I avoid Apple. The company’s central control may keep software and hardware in sync, giving a more reliable product often, but it means it has too much power over what users can use. See also the … More NYTimes: Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China

On typos and errrors of ignorance

Much hilarity at Donald Trump’s tweet this morning (since deleted and replaced)… It took Trump and his team 87 minutes to fix the word "unpresidented." pic.twitter.com/Bz7NxSqwlo — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 17, 2016 Followed by analysis and what it might mean in terms of a president-elect tweeting without any sort of oversight by comms team … More On typos and errrors of ignorance

Something must be done in Syria. But what?

I wrote this in September 2011, as the Libyan regime of Col Gaddafi collapsed, and calls for intervention in Syria began. At the time, the interventionists were on a high. But the conditions that made action in Libya attractive were very different to the conditions in Syria, for reasons I bullet-pointed…. (I have no link as … More Something must be done in Syria. But what?