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Pick Your Problem

Which crisis is more urgent: the collapsing world economy, the accelerating buildup of greenhouse gases, the growing instability of Pakistan’s governing coalition,  the 29,000 children under five years old that die everyday from causes related to poverty, or the the tottering newspaper industry? Really depends where you sit, doesn’t it?

In Praise of Journalism

Over 20 years ago, Raymond Bonner was my man in Latin America. His dispatches were essential reading. Today, I hang on Jeffrey Gettleman’s every word filed from Africa. For those new to him, Jack Shafer’s recent profile in Slate is an excellent introduction. What’s so special about Gettleman is that he’s a great newspaper reporter…Continue Reading…