Category Archives: Military

Dear FARC, please don’t over-react!

In a few months, I might walk through the Colombian jungle. Besides snakes, alligators and mosquitoes, the other danger lurks from the rebel group FARC, who have a tendency to over-react when they encounter foreigners in territory that they control or fight … Continue reading

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The worst thing about MH17

Death in itself is nothing to fear. We know it will happen, and we know it has to happen, for otherwise the world would become even more crowded. It is the time and the manner of death that we fear. Regarding … Continue reading

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A romantic walk

Photographed at Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade, Serbia in October 2014.

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“Scoop” by Evelyn Waugh

If you have already watched all the episodes of The Newsroom and are looking for something equally funny, yet meaningful about journalism, I recommend turning to this 1938 novel. Evelyn Waugh, who had been a journalist himself and had reported … Continue reading

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“Why We Lost” by Daniel Bolger

Maybe a book that promises “a general’s inside account of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and how it all went wrong” had to disappoint, but I didn’t expect it to disappoint so much. Lieutenant General Bolger sounds contrite in the introduction: … Continue reading

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Belgrade and the signs of war

I have this talent to find traces of war wherever I go, but in Belgrade this task is made really easy. First of all, the city’s fortress in Kalemegdan Park houses a military museum. In addition to the permanent display of military … Continue reading

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Peace in Colombia? Just in time!

In January or February 2016, I will be somewhere on the Amazon river, on a boat, sailing upstream, deeper into the jungle. I will be on the way to one of the many tributary rivers of the Amazon, and chance … Continue reading

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