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.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Life in the presidential fast lane…

January 2, 2010

Blog Guy, I read that President Barack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii. But I guess if you're the President, you're still busy all the time. I mean, the pressure, the demands. What did he do yesterday, for example?

from Changing China:

Chinese get creative with Obama

November 13, 2009

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Hey kid, where can I get a haircut like that?

November 6, 2009

We have some photos of President Barack Obama speaking at a middle school, where a member of the audience has the word OBAMA shaved in his hair.

from UK News:

Is Blair the man for the EU job?

October 27, 2009

BLAIR/Once he was regarded as an obvious front-runner for the job of EU president, then it was pointed out that it was unlikely anyone would be chosen from a country that is not in the eurozone, not in the Schengen border-free area and which has an exemption to the bloc's charter of fundamental rights.

from The Great Debate UK:

Is Blair the man for the EU job?

October 27, 2009

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BLAIR/Once he was regarded as an obvious front-runner for the job of EU president, then it was pointed out that it was unlikely anyone would be chosen from a country that is not in the eurozone, not in the Schengen border-free area and which has an exemption to the bloc's charter of fundamental rights.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Must stay awake… Must look interested…

October 22, 2009

Oh Dear Lord, will this doofus NEVER stop talking? Blah blah Afghanistan, blah blah Afghanistan... Somebody PLEASE hit me with a ball-peen hammer!