This comment piece in today’s Times is the latest of many warning that ISAF’s campaign in Afghanistan is futile and tragic for the men and women being killed. I tend to agree with this position, but, in good conscience, one has to ask what other alternatives are there for ensuring that Al Qaeda does not regroup in Afghanistan if the Taliban regain control? Given the ease with which Anglo-Pakistanis go back and forth, this question particularly concerns this country.

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"