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  • Conor Cruise: we shall not see his like again

    December 19, 2008 @ 11:21 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Conor Cruise O’Brien had a very fine mind. He wrote like an angel. He was courageous and uncompromising in argument. He was right about some things and wrong about others but his passing last night means a light has gone out all over the island.
    Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917-2008)


  • Karadzic: master of disguise

    July 23, 2008 @ 3:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Radovan Karadzic sure knows how to work up a disguise. The beard is the secret as it softens that sharp jaw-line which is one of his distinctive features. I attended a press conference he gave in Moscow when I was stationed there for The Irish Times back in early 1994. He was accompanied by a Russian ultra-nationalist bogeyman, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a big name at the time but now largely forgotten. (more…)

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