Afghanistan & Wikileaks: Julian Assange at the Frontline Club

On Monday Wikileaks released a mountain of documents on the war in Afghanistan through the Guardian, the New York Times and German weekly Der Spiegel.

The picture painted is chaotic: failed attempts to win the 'hearts and minds' of the Afghan people, numerous incidences of civilian casualties and evidence that both Iran and Pakistan are helping the Taliban.

A volcanic eruption and the downfall of General Stanley McChrystal

The volcanic eruption in Iceland didn't just disrupt flights across Europe for a few weeks in April, it also played a role in the downfall of the commander of the United States' operation in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.

President Obama yesterday sacked the four star general after comments in a Rolling Stone profile piece came to light. (By the way, here's the full article).

Nixon in the Den

Whilst looking around on the BBC's iPlayer I came across this programme on Richard Nixon.

Titled 'Nixon in the Den' it is a look at the rise and fall of the 37th President of the United States. In it, historian David Reynolds argues that the traits that brought him to the very top - his steely ambition, excruciating work ethic and a deep-seated inferiority complex - also fuelled his eventual downfall.

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