• East German communist aims to win over west DORTMUND, Germany, Sept 1998 – Of all the candidates campaigning in this month’s German general election, few can have a more daunting task than Sahra Wagenknecht in Dortmund. The 29-year-old communist from eastern Germany is trying to capture a constituency in the industrial west, the Ruhr Valley heartland of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). She […] 5 min read
  • The Criminal Consequences of Kosovo’s Post-War Disorder An EU prosecutor’s accusations of ethnic cleansing by Kosovo Liberation Army commanders reveal uncomfortable truths for the West. An image has stayed with me from a hot summer day in Kosovo in 1999. The burned-out ruins of a house are smouldering beneath a blue sky. A British soldier is trying to douse them with a […] 5 min read
  • Military reporting needs new fronts Too often journalists allow the military establishment to dictate public debate, doing everyone a disservice — including the armed forces. The headlines were full of the sort of dramatic language that might describe defeat in a major field battle. The country had taken a “military gamble” and was reported to be “at risk”; troops had been “wiped […] 13 min read
  • The Quiet Death of the late-night DJ The nocturnal radio host is a familiar figure from movies and TV dramas — but the BBC has decided it can’t afford a real one. To explain his love of radio, John Peel, the late and much lauded BBC Radio 1 DJ, often recalled a night in the 1960s when he lived in the United States: I was driving […] 8 min read