New York Times Iraq correspondent Dexter Filkins will be writing a book about his experience covering terrorism in the Middle East. Filkins’ agent Amanda Urban at ICM completed the deal on June 6 with Knopf.
“It’ll be less a reported book than a Dispatches,” Urban said by phone of Filkins’ proposal, referring to Michael Read More
In the cable-news battle over the al-Zarqawi death, CNN has been tops today, by demonstrating real journalistic values—i.e., a little honest detachment and analysis. To its great credit, the network aired an interview with Nir Rosen, author of In the Belly of the Green Bird, in which Rosen made the following Read More
“By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, training ground, and operational base for jihadist terrorists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at. The tenuous prewar connection between the Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the Ba’athists in Iraq has now grown into a Read More
For obvious reasons, the Papacy is not a hereditary office. The College of Cardinals will convene to pick John Paul II’s successor beginning on April 18. But the Papacy is a monarchy-one of the few that wields real power, even if it commands no divisions. The televised images of red clerical robes aswirl outside the Read More
Beyond the next peace is always some further problem. Without offering any of these as reasons for inaction on Iraq, here are three problems nearly or quite as grave.
Colin Powell proposed two links between Iraq and Al Qaeda in his speech to the U.N.: Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, a chemical and biological warfare adept, wounded Read More