Pyongyang Seen as Possible Testing Ground for Change

Jean Lee during her talk. Photo; Rita Sevell

Jean H. Lee, the AP bureau chief in Pyongyang offered an audience at Columbia University a series of AP pictures of apparent change in North Korea. Amusement parks and mini golf courses have popped up. A department store sells Minnie Mouse bras and platform shoes. But do these  changes portend that Kim Jong-un is going to make sweeping changes in North Korea? Read more...

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Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

People waited for a bus on East 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

When I walked from my apartment behind Lincoln Center on Wednesday, October 31, the streets were eerily silent after Hurricane Sandy. This was the same atmosphere I witnessed in the two weeks after September 11, 2001. Log-in and share your experience. Read more...

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The Martin Family Journalism Torch Is Passed

Bradley Martin, left and his son, Alexander.

I’ll never forget trying to get into Afghanistan in January 1980. Like other journos, I went up to Peshawar, Pakistan, and then hitched a ride to the border at Torkham. The border was closed, and the last American correspondent who had gotten through was Bradley Martin of the Baltimore Sun. I thought to myself, “he must be a hell of a guy.” Read more...

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A Somber Mood in Hollande's France

Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential el

It's not those glory days in 1981when the French elected François Mitterrand the first socialist president since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958. For his supporters there was ardent hope and wild enthusiasm, while in the hearts and minds of many on the right they cowered at home fearing the rumble of tumbrils before dawn. Not so after Hollande's election in May. Read more...

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Journalism Is Not Karaoke

Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik die in Homs trying to get the message out.

Today's karaoke journalism lets anyone step up to the mike, and a lot of fresh voices sound great. But too many enthusiastic amateurs get the words wrong. Our spectacularly skewed world needs more real reporters to get things right. Read more...

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