War words

November 26, 2007

A correspondent cooks

Andrew Whitehead, the BBC’s former man in Delhi, has a new book out called A Mission in Kashmir. More interestingly, he’s cooking Spanish food for Indian journalists and their families in New Delhi. The Business Standard’s Rrishi Raote has more, He was in Delhi for the launch of his book, A Mission in Kashmir, but […]

November 20, 2007

Shooting War

  Shooting War is a graphic novel set in the Iraq of 2011. Journalist Anthony Lappe drew on his experience working for the New York Times in Iraq to create the book with artist Dan Goldman.

November 18, 2007

Story behind the snap

Photographer Luis Sinco tells the story of the image he took of Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller as the soldier’s regiment entered Falluja on 8 November 2004, On the second day of the battle, I called my wife by satellite phone to tell her that I was OK. She told me my photo had […]

November 12, 2007

Comicbook journalism

War reporter cartoonist Joe Sacco is interviewed in the Star Tribune. Socca has cartooned from Palestine to Bosnia and, most recently, Iraq, I certainly wondered how seriously I would be taken when I started “Palestine.” First of all, comics at the time were still dismissed by the mainstream. And comics about Palestinians? Here was a […]

November 10, 2007

In the footsteps of William Howard Russell

Richard Beeston at The Times heads to Crimea in the footsteps of William Howard Russell, a war reporter of the 150 year old school, It is almost impossible for today’s reporter to witness and record more than a snap-shot of the whole picture… Not so for Billy Russell, as he was known by the troops, […]

November 7, 2007

AP does war and peace

John Daniszewski, International Editor at the Associated Press and veteran foreign correspondent with 20 years of experience in the bank together with a Romanian revolution gunshot wound in the arm contributes to a new book. The title requires a deep breath… The Associated Press-Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything […]

October 1, 2007

Is the media a weapon?

Retired major-general Lewis MacKenzie was having a natter during his keynote at the University of Waterloo in Canada when I got onto the subject of war reporting. It’s all just too darned quick these days, MacKenzie, known for leading peacekeeping troops in the former Yugoslavia… commanded soldiers in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Vietnam and shot […]

October 1, 2007

From war correspondent to lawyer

C. Justin Brown recounts his life as a war correspondent in the Maryland Daily Record. Last year, after being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his Balkans reporting, he ditched the flak jacket for a lawyer’s wig, Looking outside, he saw a NATO Tomahawk missile slam into the upper floors of the nearby UÅ¡ce Tower, […]

September 27, 2007

You’re all mad

Interesting nuggets aplenty in the NPR interview with Paul Watson I linked to previously. Including this, Are you saying being a war correspondent is a form of mental illness? I think it is. I’ve spent enough time around people who do this a lot. In my opinion and I include myself foremost in this group […]

September 26, 2007

Where war lives

In his new book – War lives here – Canadian foreign correspondent and Pulitzer prize winner Paul Watson is haunted by a split second decision he made in Mogadishu on October 4, 1993, “The crowd parted, forming a manic horseshoe around the corpse. My eyes panned the frenzy like a camera guided by invisible hands. […]

September 26, 2007

Bell up north

The bloke in the white suit, ex-war reporter and shrapnel magnet Martin Bell, will be speaking in Lancaster next month. Mr Bell will speak about his long career as a war reporter and MP for Tatton in a lecture called Reflections on War, Peace and Politics on October 18. In his 30-year career with the […]

September 25, 2007

Halberstam’s hermit kingdom years

New, and last, David Halberstam book is out covering the “forgotten” Korean war. Editor & Publisher argues that the book, called The Coldest Winter, overlooks the victims, It unsparingly exposes the foolishness and arrogance of U.S. strategy and strategists – in failing to prepare a pared-down Army for the war that began when North Korea […]