I recently came across this piece in the New York Times Magazine by Doug Bock Clark, whose work on Americans in trouble overseas I have come to respect and admire. He describes the plight of Americans held in Kuwait –… Read More ›
what I’m reading
Bellingcat have been key players in solving puzzles related to some of the most important intelligence challenges of the last decade; chemical attacks in Syria, the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine and the Salisbury poisonings, to name just a few.
Do they replace our intelligence agencies? No, of course not. Should they make those agencies think again about what’s possible and how to make the most of open source data? Absolutely.
What happened when the man whose specialist subject was Mexican bean beetles turned his attention to human beings…
I rarely re-read a book, but when a dear friend returned my copy of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, I just couldn’t resist. It’s perhaps my favorite novel of all time. Maybe. But definitely the only ‘hostage’ story… Read More ›
face the bitter truth: we are two countries, and neither of them is going to be conquered or disappear anytime soon
Helpful piece from George Packer in the Atlantic on the entrenched divisions within the US – and why they are not going away anytime soon… Really helpful background to what we are seeing as the election results come in.
I’ve just finished The Joy of Burnout: How the end of the world can be a new beginning by Dr Dina Glouberman. I didn’t agree with every word, but it was refreshing to get a positive take on something so debilitating, and becoming more common.
We spend one third of our waking life online, being ‘on’ 24/7 is the new norm at work, and plate spinning has become a badge of honor. There is a different way to live and work – and The Simplicity Principe shows us how. Here’s my review.
The James W Foley Legacy Foundation has launched its second annual review of US Government handling of hostages cases. Bringing Americans Home 2020 is based on interviews with 25 people with direct experience of hostage taking or wrongful detention, both those… Read More ›
I have just finished reading an important book by Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco called The Fog of Peace: The human face of conflict resolution. It is of course a riff on Robert McNamara’s documentary: The Fog of War: Eleven… Read More ›