Media Middle East Politics

Gathering Intelligence in Syria

The term ‘intelligence’ when used in military and political context is something of a misnomer. The word suggests knowledge and information, but in the vast majority of instances ‘intelligence’ is nothing more than guesses, opinions and – the mother of all fuckups: – assumptions. Admittedly, intelligence is based on understanding and usually is provided by […]


North Korea: Good News Example

It would be silly to suggest that North Korean news output is as informative as in the West; or indeed, as anywhere else on the planet. I’ve come across North Korea’s news while travelling on a number of occasions. The items are mundane to the extreme: A politician visiting a school, the findings from a […]