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LeT’s Not Jump the Gun

Guessing is great, but the pundits’ certainty is worrisome

Last week’s attacks in Mumbai were, in a word, horrific. As happens after every crisis, the pundits and analysts swarm... More

The Unbearable Lightness of Kabul

Lots of bombs go off in Afghanistan, but the media only seem to report the ones that hit internationals

Late last week, a car bomb exploded near the American embassy in Kabul, killing at least four civilians. The bombing... More

Phantom Militias

Don’t believe everything you read about Pakistan’s tribal conflicts

Verifiable stories out of northwestern Pakistan are difficult to come by: the entire region exists in what Rosanne Klass once... More

Take Me to the Other Side

Reporting from inside the Taliban is an old story

Nir Rosen’s blockbuster article in Rolling Stone on his “embed” with the Taliban in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan is... More

Why We Fight

All the talk of abandoning Afghanistan to its fate ignores history

Many in the press have begun to declare the war in Afghanistan either unwinnable (off the words of one outspoken... More

All Poppies Must Die

There’s more to counternarcotics than just killing plants

Did you know the one thing missing from Southern Afghanistan was an increased focus on eradicating poppies? After a whopping... More

Did We Just Invade Pakistan?

The history of the Afghan-Pakistan border has lessons for today

Over the last few years, the war along the Afghan-Pakistan border has progressed from scattered bombing incidents to almost daily... More

The Battle of Ashgabat

Reporters jump on false “Islamic militants” angle

Just before midnight of Friday September 12th, the police in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, began an all-night shootout with... More

The Birth (and Death) of a Meme

Embedded reporters don’t always get the full story

Sometime last fall, a new story began making its way out of Afghanistan: the country’s roads are being paved, and... More

Citizen Propagandists

Cutting through the noise on Russia-Georgia is harder than you think

Ethan Zuckerman, the co-founder of the citizens’ media project Global Voices, notes an interesting angle to the Russo-Georgian Conflict: Part... More

Coming Clean About Casualties

The U.S. military in Afghanistan needs to acknowledge what it doesn’t know

One of the challenges the U.S.-led coalition faces in the war in Afghanistan is controlling the narrative surrounding its actions.... More

Getting Russia v. Georgia Right

What we don’t know can hurt us

The first few days of any conflict exist in the darkest version of what soldiers call “the fog of war.”... More

Echo Chamber

How blogging failed the war in Georgia

Elite bloggers often portray their analytical and news-gathering skills as equal or (more often) superior to those of professional journalists.... More

Tracking a Meme

Reality vs. spin in the war in Afghanistan

If you opened the New York Times yesterday, you probably saw Carlotta Gall’s big story on the military offensive in... More

What Really Happened in Takhar?

Who you trust for news on Afghanistan depends on your politics

There was an air strike this week in Takhar, a province wedged between Badakhshan and Baghlan in northeastern Afghanistan. The... More

The Assange Leaks

What’s new about the WikiLeaks data?

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has compared his organization’s latest leak of almost 92,000 U.S. military documents relating to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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