War Reporting

So what does the US military really think about journalists? Below are excerpts from a report that addresses wider issues about the first Battle of Fallujah but contains some interesting points about “information operations,” in Orwellian milspeak. The document is chiefly the work of Jane Austen fan Dr Sean Edwards, on whom more below. But […]

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Not every form of content creation is supported by a revenue model. A poet like Vernon Scannell could not support himself on verse alone. He is dead at 85. Here is one his poems: CASUALTY – MENTAL WARD Something has gone wrong inside my head.The sappers have left mines and wire behind,I hold long conversations […]

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Inside the surge

July 20, 2007

If you haven’t seen Sean Smith’s film from Baghdad then do yourself a favour and check it out. Smith is a Guardian photographer who’s been shooting video whilst on an embed with a US outfit.I don’t urge you to watch it with a view to persuading you of the sense or otherwise of the US […]

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Alan Johnston: 100 days

June 20, 2007

Let’s keep him in our thoughts. On Monday, the BBC‘s Vin Ray shared an email from Johnston, recounting a story from Grozny. Here it is: I was with a journalist, not a BBC bloke, who very much liked being in a war zone, and during the battle for the city, we were in an abandoned […]

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