Liberia: Regular Updates on an Irregular Situation

Liberia: Regular Updates on an Irregular Situation Author: Samuel Duworko II Posted: Ongoing Reprieve from Fighting in Monrovia Author: S. Kpanbayeazee Duworko, II Posted: 1 July, 2003 Monrovia, the Liberian capital, is today gradually returning to normal after nearly four days of fighting which left some 500 persons, mostly children and women, dead. The fighting…

Congo: Rugabo Of Sabinyo

We set out from the border town of Bunagana having changed money (see previous). It was late morning and a handful of locals had gathered, offering their services as combined guide and porter. I studied the crowd of hopefuls and chose an amiable, honest looking fella. He took my pack, and I relieved Tracey of…

Book Review: “Shah of Shahs”

Ryszard Kapuscinski (Vintage Books – 152 pages) Reviewer – Luke Brown The reporter studies a photo of a group of men standing on a street in Teheran, waiting for a bus to arrive. Nothing really unusual at first glance; a typical scene full of weary and tired people, that could be of anywhere. Our reporter…

What Next for the US and Saudi?

What Next for the US and Saudi? Author: Rob Wood Note: This piece was written on 1 April, 2003, a month before the announcement that the US was withdrawing forces from KSA. It would almost be an understatement to say that relations between the US and Saudi Arabia (KSA) have been strained over the last…

Pakistan: No, Thank You

Before I came to Pakistan I thought that being identified as an Australian might have its drawbacks, due to the war in Iraq. But, as of yet, that has not been the case. Rather, Australia’s ground breaking win in the 2003 Cricket World Cup has been quite the conversation continuer, with a western face the…

Book Review: “The Mystery of Capital”

by Hernando de Soto (Bantam Press – 243 pages) Reviewer – Luke Brown The hour of capitalism’s greatest triumph is its hour of crisis. So begins the Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto’s intriguing work on his view why Capitalism has triumphed in the West, but seemingly failed so many in the developing and former communist…

Pakistan: Riding the Iron Chicken Bus

I dread travelling on buses, particularly in the third world. They invariably stop all the times you don’t need them to and never when you do. To make matters worse, many buses don’t have toilets on them, rest stops seemingly don’t have toilets, even though at times the ones they choose resemble a toilet. So…

Whatever Happened to the 15 May Organisation?

Whatever Happened to the 15 May Organisation? Author: Rob Wood Posted: March 20, 2003 The 15 May Organisation has been mentioned in official US government documents as late as 2001 as being supported by Saddam Hussein, despite the fact that many believe the group no longer exists. Indeed this organisation does not even make the…

Holiday in Cambodia

08:00 AM September 8th, 2002 – After my third night in Bangkok I am fulfilling a lifelong dream by arriving in an air-conditioned minivan at the Cambodian border town of Poipet. I am still hung over from the previous evening, and nervous (in that excited kind of way), but I am determined to prove all…

Colombia: A Political Primer (Part 3)

Colombia Primer (Part 3) Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: 13 March, 2003 The 1980s. It wasn’t just the “Greed Decade” up North; Colombia was more than doing its share of hedonistic living. A couple of events occurred in 1981 that would have a profound effect on the coming decades. Towards the end of the 70s, the…

Book Review: “With Lawrence in Arabia” by Lowell Thomas

(1924) (Hutchinson & Co. – 317 pages) Reviewer – Rob Wood “With Lawrence in Arabia” by Lowell Thomas is one of the classic adventure biographies of all time. It covers the turbulent life of Lawrence of Arabia, with special consideration for his antics in the Middle Eastern campaigns of World War One. Thomas was commissioned…