from Tales from the Trail:

For Obama, what’s bigger challenge — being a dad or being president?

June 21, 2010

Barack Obama has a storied resume but the job he says is the hardest may surprise you: being a father.

from Russell Boyce:

Finding a nugget in the murky waters

April 27, 2010

One of the greatest pleasures in editing photographers work is finding an interesting visual nugget that may have already been missed. In years of  looking at raw material a common trait I have spotted is that photographers who are headed to an assignment see something they are attracted to and take a picture of it thinking "that looks interesting".  The assignment is shot, the pictures are quickly edited, captioned and transmitted but the picture that was instinctively taken because it was interesting is often condemned to the darkness of the archive folder on the backup hard drive, never to be transmitted because it was not part of the assignment.

from Africa News blog:

Sudan’s “foolproof” elections

April 12, 2010

SUDAN-ELECTIONS/It all started so well... the lines of voters sheltering patiently in the shade from the sweltering heat to vote in Sudan's first open polls in 24 years.

from Africa News blog:

When is an election boycott not an election boycott?

April 10, 2010

sudanWhen it takes place in Sudan.

Preparations for Sudan's general elections -- due to start tomorrow -- were thrown into confusion over the past two weeks as opposition parties issued contradictory statements over whether they were boycotting the polls.

from Africa News blog:

A new dawn for Sudanese press freedom?

April 1, 2010

SUDAN-DARFUR/

Hosting a rare debate between Sudan’s much-maligned National Elections Commission (NEC) and opposition parties, the privately owned Blue Nile television was taking a risk broadcasting live to the nation.

from Africa News blog:

Sudan’s elections brinkmanship – can the opposition unite?

April 1, 2010

SUDAN-OPPOSITION/

In a shock unilateral announcement, the leading south Sudanese party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), withdrew its presidential candidate, Yasir Arman, and said it would also boycott elections on all levels in  Darfur.

from Photographers' Blog:

Destination: Afghanistan

March 31, 2010

It all started out with a phone call from Reuters News Pictures Washington Editor In Charge Jim Bourg on Thursday night informing me there was a secret Presidential trip leaving on Saturday to an undisclosed destination which Reuters would like me to travel with the president on. I was told that this was very secretive and that I was not to mention it to anyone and that no details were available yet. I had been with President Obama on his secret trip to Baghdad last year, so it was pretty easy to figure out that the destination this time might be Afghanistan, a trip which had been highly anticipated since Obama became president 15 months ago. I was to expect to be contacted directly by the White House for a meeting to discuss the details. But I was to "open" the White House as the first Reuters photographer arriving there on Friday morning at 7am, my scheduled shift, and to go about my day as planned acting as if everything was normal. Nothing could be further from the truth.

from Africa News blog:

Will Jonathan’s good luck hold out?

February 10, 2010

goodluckThe puns were too much for the Nigerian press (and me) to resist in headlines after Goodluck Jonathan quietly managed to get himself into the top job without even appearing to want a position left open for more than two months by the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

from Global News Journal:

Cometh the hour, cometh Van Rompuy?

February 8, 2010

van rompuy2Three months ago, Herman van Rompuy might have struggled to be recognised on the streets of his native Belgium, let alone Paris or London. The bookish former prime minister, a fan of camping holidays and Haiku poetry, was nothing if not low-key; a studious consensus builder in the world of Belgian politics.

from Funds Hub:

A question of trust?

January 18, 2010

Signs of big-ticket investments from pension funds -- New York State Common Retirement Fund has backed emerging market debt manager Finisterre Capital with $250 mln.