Fantasy and Speculation: The Al-Hilli Killings, Miss Marple and Jason Bourne

September 7, 2012 by

Murder can be lots of fun – if you are a conspiracy theorist. What is troubling with these matters is that the kernel of truth is like the Princess and the pea. The latter may be hard to avoid, a troubling discomfort amidst the extensive padding. Hence the valuable currency of intrigue. What richer ingredients for the gory scene do we need? A hitman or serial killer (dare we use the plural?), shooting members of a British Iraqi family in a quiet location near the French Alpine village of Chevaline above Lake Annecy.

My Mission to the Republic of Mali

September 7, 2012 by

Yeah Samake, the mayor of Ouelessebougou and I had become acquainted over a year ago. Since then we had met on a number of occasions. I was impressed with him — a breath of fresh air in Africa’s young up-and-coming political leaders. In the presidential elections scheduled for April 29, 2012 he was a major contender. The campaign however was cut short by a military coup, that has since destabilized Mali. More than half the country is under siege by radical Islamists, both home grown and imported.