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Dead on Arrival

Today I read that the Times-Picayune laid off half its staff. This news was greeted with the usual comments from my former colleagues: Newspaper management are the dumbest fcks inthe history of American dumbfckery and they’re not getting any smarter. … Continue reading

Training the Watchdogs

The National Endowment for Democracy, a US government agency, funds a wide range of projects around the world – including, of course, media development. One of its offices is the Center for International Media Assistance, which examines the issues in … Continue reading

Afghan journalist’s death is a loss for press freedom

  Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak covered violent news. His last two stories for Pajhwok Afghan News, before he died on July 28 in a major attack in Tarin Kot, capital of Uruzgan province, were about an attack on police checkpoints in … Continue reading

She almost didn't vote

  I saw this woman during an election in the Republic of Georgia in 2002. I described her in my report about it: She hobbled into the polling station at Mtskheta leaning on a cane, clutching a brochure from a … Continue reading

Typing in the Dust

  This piece originally appeared in Smoke Signals newspaper.  When the sandstorm hits, I sleep with a water-soaked cloth pulled over my face. It’s the only way to keep from breathing the fine dust that permeates the tiniest cracks in … Continue reading

Chasing the Chicken

We came back to the farm and loaded the bales into the barn, and then Erika asked if I’d help her get a loose chicken. Poor thing, it’s only a month old, and it had scurried under the goat barn … Continue reading