How The World’s Newest Country Exploded

Book Review: A Poisonous Thorn In Our Hearts by James Copnall, published by Hurst & Co.

SUDAN – a country that ceased to exist in 2011 – is orindependence was one of the last untouristed wildernesses on earth. And for good reason: while it still existed it was the biggest country in Africa, a mainly flat and mainly uninhabitable wasteland, mostly brown, with barely a mountain or a bosky valley to its name, unbearably hot, unhealthy, poor, and full of every sort of trouble. And yet …

by Richard Walker

From The Spectator

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A Killing In Pakistan

OSAMA bin Laden has been killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a figure of fascination and horror to the end. A journalist who had risked his life to interview bin Laden was asked what the man was like. “Personally? He was charming,” he said. “And very clever.” I never met bin Laden, but soon after he was chased out of Afghanistan, one of the US broadcast networks asked me to prepare this obituary.


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