They’re looking right back

When I worked for IMC, we used to take our Iraq country director around to meetings in DC and NY whenever he was in the US. It wasn’t just for … more Blood & Milk…


How to cure your PTSD

The other day I was trying to work on a couple projects I really like, and I just couldn’t focus. I just felt uncontrollably twitchy and weird. I also couldn’t … more Blood & Milk…


Things I believe in #17 – recognizing and learning from failure

There are a whole lot of ways you can screw up a development program. I’ve talked about some of them in the past. You can make bad choices with the … more Blood & Milk…


Baghdad

Just to be absolutely clear, I was only in Baghdad for a week, more than a year ago. A cushy week, at that, where I stayed in our compound, ate … more Blood & Milk…


Trauma, kidnap and death (Iraq)

Trauma, kidnap and death: all in a day’s work for journalists in Iraq. I spent a week in Baghdad last year. It was minor, really – from the airport to … more Blood & Milk…


Two on Tuesday – Meaty arguments

Two on Tuesday is a new feature where I find a couple examples of a phenomenon or issue that I find interesting, and try to learn something useful from them. … more Blood & Milk…


If this is true, it’s stunning

Accusations that the US embassy in Baghdad was built with slave labor. The State Department has had trouble with contractor management, we know that. Another view of Iraq programs can … more Blood & Milk…