Chequebook absolution

A lmost a generation ago, Robert Kaplan’s seminal article The Coming Anarchy in Atlantic Monthly was an etching of Haiti. Outside my hotel in Port-au-Prince was a collision of the horsemen galloping through the piece: disease, environmental degradation, local thugs...

No one died today

… 18 shot on bus in Pakistan; 32 blown-up in Iraq; 3 reporters kidnapped in Columbia; 16 dead, 202 wounded in Syria; protestors dragged off islands in East China Sea; police shoot 4 miners in South Africa; car bomb kills 12 in Sri Lanka; 22 children seized by...

Truth in…?

The graphic looks like something Lewis Carroll dreamed-up when he was flying through a particularly exotic drug-flashback. There’s a unicorn, a Shirley Temple-type squished into a flower pot, a viking wielding a lollypop and three-tiered cakes floating in the...

Prophet of our age

This blog post is brought to you by… [add your name here]. By skillfully including seemingly oblique and unintended references to your brand, it’s attributes and key messages, we can embed [your story] and your commercial directives under the psychic skin of media...

Dispatch: is doing nothing worse?

Hollow eyes. In an impossibly remote village in Nicaragua an 18-year-old widower was explaining how his pregnant wife was swept to her death when Hurricane Mitch parked its fury overhead in 1999. His hurt literally stole his voice away. Dead eyes. Together a mother...