Triumph of the stringer in the Nairobi massacre coverage

African reporters are coming into their own with the stories coming out of Kenya this weekend. If you step back from the reports on the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi — now entering its third day as of the writing of this post — and look not at the content of the news, but how [Read More...]

Muhammad marketing mishaps in Sydney

I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, All over this land, I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out a warning, I’d hammer out love between, My brothers and my sisters, All over this land. So begins the first stanza of “The Hammer Song”. Written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, the progressive [Read More...]

Beware of creepy, crooked, cash-flush Pentecostals

Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare; Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te. I do not love you, Sabidius, and I cannot say why; All I can say is this, that I do not love you. Martial, Epigrams, I.32 (circa 86 A.D.) The Australian, Australia’s largest circulation broadsheet, published a story this week [Read More...]


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