And now for something completely different
Robert Fisk is a formidable presence in British journalism, with an unbeatable track record in political reporting. According to wikipedia (and do check out the link), he is the world's most decorated foreign correspondent. Not that I care if he is. I care that the man has a clear mind, the courage of his opinions (which require a lot of courage these days), and more knowledge of the situation than I have seen in anyone else. A tad polemic perhaps, but still easily the best thing out there. It works; and it works because he is that unlikely thing, a sincere left-wing intellectual in the field.
Someone stop me from drawing parallels with Orwell*.
I know, it's the US, and you are unlikely to be able to get your hands on an Independent - a crying shame that is too. Getting the online edition is neither as pleasant nor as flexible, so now what? Fisk has written a book; it's called The Great War for Civilisation. I am going to buy it, and, you know what, I'll review it here. If I like it I will try to convince you all some more that Fisk's is one of the most relevant voices in the debate. Meanwhile, try reading some of his articles**.
On a frivolous sidenote, Osama bin Laden, whom Fisk interviewed three times, once (very) allegedly offered someone 50$ to run over the journalist. An unusual CV item for sure.
*If you have an interest in politics and haven't read his essays, well...you can find them here
**Try this obnoxious looking site. I recommend "Telling it like it isn't" in the righthand column. The tone bothers me a bit, but he does have an important point.