Killing the messenger: we should honour
One man and
Guns for iPads
In front of the seaside courthouse where protests sparked the revolution, three members of Libya’s Special Forces sitting at a table scribbled the names of the owners of the weapons turned over. In return the officers gave civilians a receipt, noting which arms were surrendered. As they did, two men lined up dozens of bullets used by anti-aircraft guns known as Dushkas. “I turned in several rifles because I don’t need them anymore,” says Omar Ali as the bullets tumbled like dominoes. Twenty-five boxes containing new flat screen televisions were stacked behind him along with more than 10 iPads.
- an extract from a report from Libya in 2012 quoted by
Ishaan Tharoor, WSJ
Jews under siege
In the past Vienna’s beleaguered Jews were threatened by Christian and Nazi persecutions; today they are under siege by a melange of native extremism and Muslim hostility. Despite such hostilities, the Viennese Jewish
community has refused to relent in the face of such adversity and emigrate to more hospitable lands free of the turmoil that has plagued this city that was once Europe’s cultural and intellectual mecca
- extract from a report from Vienna in 2011, quoted by Danielle Berrin in "A hero and my friend" on her Hollywood Jew blog
Are we fit to stand alongside
If, as ordinary working journalists, we wish to associate ourselves with the likes Foley we cannot dissociate ourselves from Coulson and co
Why should we care?
Why so much fuss about an imprisoned reporter or a murdered cameraman? What makes journalists so special?
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