Posts from May 2003

Salam joins the Guardian

Salam joins the Guardian
: The Guardian’s story on Salam Pax has run at last — and with it the announcement that starting next week, Salam will write a fortnightly column called the Baghdad Blog for the Guardian (under what byline, we wonder?).

The story says surprisingly little, tells us nothing new, does not dig into Salam’s stories or opinions, and does not identify him (only saying that Salam is his real first name).

There is a shocking edit in the story. The Guardian quotes the story of the Guardian interview from Salam’s own blog but deletes choice words — as if we’re not going to look at the blog and find this dubious edit.

Blog version:

A day before that I sold my soul to the devil. I talked to Rory from the Guardian.

Look, he paid for a great lunch in a place which had air-conditioning and lots of people from foreign. It was fun talking to him but when Raed saw me after

How to blog

How to blog
: Heiko Hebig points us to a super primer on how to blog using Movable Type, out of Tokyo. So when you are asked, you now have an answer…

Tools

Tools
: 20six, the impressive weblog tool that started in Germany and then started moving west is now in Britain, which means it’s now in English.

Chance, the blogger

Chance, the blogger
: I’m struck by all the quoting and dissection and analysis and argument over one young man who suddenly has the ear of media big and small just because he was at the wrong place, Baghdad, at the wrong time, in a war, and he had the connections that let him start a weblog and speak to the world.

But reading more of Mark S. Meadows’ interview with Salam Pax at Tekka (someone put a link to this part in the comments), I’m struck by the rhetorical meandering in unsuccessful search for a point:

I asked him, “What are the Americans pushing for?”

“Bigger markets. Politics. Soft Drinks. Making sure they will be successful — financially successful. How could one nation have such influence on the whole world? These days you have to please the USA to make sure your country succeeds. I don’t know

New York, on drugs

New York, on drugs
: The smoking ban spreading slowly across the globe is having an odd impact in Holland:

EUROPE