Monthly Archives: April 2003

ISLAMIC MOSQUE IN MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

This is one of over 600 amazing photographs taken in Asia by Wired founder Kevin Kelly, browsable online and available for purchase. Thanks to Wood’s Lot for finding this.

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WISE WORDS FROM ‘AVERAGE’ IRAQIS

I listened today to a lengthy piece on CBC radio where several Iraqis on the street were asked, through a translator, what they thought about the recent invasion. They were all delighted to be rid of Saddam, of course, but … Continue reading

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IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE FUTURE OF IRAQ, LOOK NEXT DOOR

Latest developments in Afghanistan, a year and a half after the end of the war: The UN High Commission for refugees has warned that the planned $700M (70%) reduction in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, which is occurring due the inability … Continue reading

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IRAQ: A JOKE

How did the U.S. Administration know that Iraq had WMD? They kept the receipts. That joke is from a friend of Montreal blogger M-J Milloy . The same blog links to a remarkable blow-by-blow list of U.S. WMD sales to … Continue reading

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A CELEBRATION OF SMELLS: ODOUR, MEMORY AND EMOTION

I remember in my late teens burning a particular candle, scented with lavender and lilac, while listening to the music of Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the then-psychedelic Beatles. To this day, those scents … Continue reading

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WHY HAS THE ANTI-SMOKING MOVEMENT SUCCEEDED WHILE THE

ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT HAS FAILED? There’s an excellent article by Michael Specter in this week’s New Yorker on the animal rights movement. It focuses on the sensationalistic, successful (750,000 members) and much-reviled organization called People for the Ethical Treatment of … Continue reading

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BIZARRE QUEBEC ELECTION ENDS WITH FEDERALIST WIN

In a stunning last-week turnaround of fortunes following a televised debate of party leaders, Jean Charest’s Quebec Liberal party won 76 of 125 seats in today’s provincial election, winning over 50% of the popular vote, up over 10% from polls … Continue reading

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PUTTING THINGS IN CONTEXT: WHY I BLOG

One of the great challenges in knowledge sharing, and in asynchronous communication, is to provide your audience with enough context to understand where your message ‘comes from’ — what mental models, preconceptions, hidden agendas, historical baggage and motivations filter and … Continue reading

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THREE ESSAYS ON IRAQ

I‘ve lost enthusiasm for writing about Iraq, but others that write better than I do have not. So here are three provocative recent essays from three different countries on the reconstruction of Iraq and “what comes next”: In Hold Your … Continue reading

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LIBERTY BEFORE DEMOCRACY

Several experts on the Middle East have stated that they don’t believe Iraq is ready for democracy. On Charlie Rose last night, Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek and author of a new book on the subject called The Future of … Continue reading

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