Peter Beaumont: The Bits that Don't Fit

Too long for Twitter and too short for journalism

The real limits of intelligence

Bruce Schneier hits the nail on the head regarding a fundamental flaw in the NSA’s current modus operandi. In a wide ranging discussion of why – if US intelligence had … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cairo under Curfew

I took this picture three weeks ago about five minutes before curfew in Cairo from the roof of the Novotel on Zamalek looking towards Tahrir Square which is behind the … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why pandas hog the conservation limelight

Given the amount of panda-related news of late this seemed like an interesting corrective for all the recent mania. It’s Andrew Jonathan Balmer¬†making a fascinating case in this blog for … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

What Vladimir wants: Part II

I should be going climbing but it’s raining so instead I’m reading foreign policy blogs on holiday. As sad as you can get. ¬†This article by Dmitri Trenin, director of … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some thoughts on Russian foreign policy

A couple of thoughts from yesterday on the Syrian chemical weapons deal and what it says about Russian foreign policy. The first, here, was an instant take in the immediate … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Threatening war but wanting a political solution

There was quite a lot of comment on my Twitter timeline regarding comments made by Secretary of State John Kerry recently both predicting the small scale of any military operation … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chomsky and the “fraud” of R2P

Noam Chomsky has given an interview to Al Jazeera which concludes with this rather muddled claim on Responsibility to Protect, first denying it exists except as “a fraud in western … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment