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Writing Worth Reading
* Last Days Of New Labour
Chris Mullin | Mail On Sunday | 22 August 2010
Excerpts from former minister's highly readable diaries. Damning on both
Blair, his wife (who insisted on having the nuclear bunker re-decorated)
and a mostly furious and paranoid Brown
* Madison Avenue
Adam Curtis | BBC Blogs | 20 August 2010
Typically individualistic piece from author who tends to divide opinion.
Some great stuff on people behind characters in Mad Men, fascinating
* Yemen's Army Of Jihadis
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad | Guardian | 23 August 2010
Despatch from southern Yemen explains rise of jihadism, complex
relationship between militants and government. US gulled into funding
* 72 Hours In Afghanistan
P.J. O'Rourke | Weekly Standard | 23 August 2010
"If you spend 72 hours in a place you’ve never been, talking to people
whose language you don’t speak, and you come back as the world’s biggest
know-it-all, you’re a reporter"
* Muhammad In Manhattan
Mark Jacobson | New York | 22 August 2010
Fed up as you probably are with the "Ground Zero Mosque" story, this
piece is well worth reading. Light touch. Fresh reporting. Good
* Military And Mullahs
William Dalrymple | New Statesman | 23 August 2010
Pakistan army flexes muscles. Karzai wants its help managing
post-American Afghanistan. Flood response has raised its domestic
popularity. May be time for another coup
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