Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
I went to a very nice party last night at the Reuters building in New York for aspiring young foreign correspondents. Besides the nice view from Times Square, I was also impressed with the quality of the individuals being recognized. While newspapers may be cutting back, which is unfortunate, there are still enough intelligent reporters to fill all the jobs twice over.
This isn't really linked to Yemen, and I don't want to break our self-imposed rule so soon, so I'll just say more reporters would, in my opinion, mean better reporting from places like Yemen.
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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