Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Reuters

Doing a fair bit of reading/browsing about Reuters (or Thomson Reuters as it is now called). Remarkable company. In particular, how they do what they do keeping strict to their principle of objectivity/impartiality. A couple of examples: (1) Up until very recently no-one could own more than 15% of the company; (2) Their refusal to use the word "terrorist" in reports except as a quotation.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Iraq: Deadly Legacy

Watched a related documentary ('Iraq: Deadly Legacy', 20 minutes, Journeyman Pictures) following the previous post about how babies are being born in Iraq (in and around Baghdad) with severe deformities and how, as a result, couples are scared to have children. As though Hiroshima was not enough of a sickening crime. Heartless the people responsible and the people who cover it up.

Taliban: Behind the Masks

Just came across and watched this documentary ('Taliban: Behind the Masks', Journeyman Pictures) by Paul Refsdal which, similar to the Channel4 Dispatches documentary a few months back, sets out to show "the human face of public enemy number one" and like that documentary does so with (rare) honest spin/propaganda-free reporting. 25 minute well spent!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Saudi Succession

Funny opening paragraph from an article entitled "The Saudi Succession: When kings and princes grow old" in the July 17th 2010 issue of The Economist:
IMAGINE that the United Kingdom was an absolute monarchy known as Windsor Britain. Imagine that Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had dozens of brothers, scores of sons and hundreds of cousins, and that the broader House of Windsor numbered thousands of lesser princes and princesses. Imagine further that all these royals pocketed fat state stipends, with many holding lifelong fiefs as government ministers, department heads, regimental commanders or provincial governors, with no parliament to hold them in check. Now imagine how sporting these princely chaps would be when the throne fell vacant, if the only written rule was a vague stipulation that the next in line should be the "best qualified" among all the Windsor princes...
Big family big problems ahead!

Mount Snowdon Challenge 2010

Spent the past weekend in Snowdonia National Park with the Noor Ul Islam Youth Group. Good trip alhamdulillah. A lot of first-timers. All convinced of the beauty of the mountains maa sha Allah. Our minibus broke down Friday night and we were unable to get to Mount Snowdon (peak=1084m) on Saturday morning and so had to climb Carnedd Llewelyn (peak=1065m), the path to which was situated right beside our accommodation (Gwern Gôf Isaf Campsite/Farm). We planned and Allah planned better alhamdulillah :)>

Picture/Video compilation here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQHbE9dFe8