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“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.”

~ George Orwell

Death and disappearance: Inside the world of privatised war

Man Bahadur Thapa had his doubts about the safety of the travel arrangements. Taliban spies were everywhere in the Afghan capital, and the bus transporting him and the Canadian embassy’s other guards, all Nepalese and Indian, was unarmoured. But Thapa was used to pushing worries to the back of his mind. After all, he thought, the British company he worked for was trustworthy. So, as he did nearly every day, the 50 year-old boarded a yellow and white minibus and rode through the Kabul dawn to his shift.

Russian warriors and British PR firms: Macedonia’s information war

What’s in a name? On Sunday, Macedonia will hold a referendum on whether or not to add the word ‘North’ to its name. While to the casual observer it may seem a fairly insignificant change, it is one that has catapulted the tiny Balkan state onto the international stage and sparked an information war.