Nice People

Last week a US drone struck a Taliban funeral, narrowly missing Baitullah Mehsud, but killing one of his key bomb makers.

Few Pakistanis would miss Mehsud. His latest innovation is to pay between US$7,000-14,000 to either the kidnappers of, or parents of, children as young as seven, who he uses as suicide bombers. This sort of money talks in a society where the average per capita income is US$2,600 pa.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens