Long overdue, but the final piece stemming from my freelance gig in Pakistan and Dubai. This post may be in danger of covering ground that has been trodden more eloquently already, notably by George Saunders in his 2005 essay, The New Mecca, or more recently by AA Gill, Dubai on Empty. The two pieces both describe the place admirably, two journalists writing evocative profiles of a city,...
Democracy, red in tooth and claw
This is very much a half-formed idea, a sketch of sorts, so please excuse me while I try and articulate some initial thoughts- I feel this may be one to revisit at a later date. One of the topics that came up time and again in conversation with the citizens of Pakistan, from the staff at our guesthouses, through to the planners at the local agency was corruption; that money could buy power....