Obama and Ahmadinejad try the macho man PR method – with mixed results

President AhmadinejadPhoto credit: Daniella Zalcman

President Ahmadinejad
Photo credit: Daniella Zalcman

After the Iranian space agency ‘apparently’ sent a monkey into space, one man has put himself forward as the Middle East’s Neil Armstrong, with current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad volunteering himself as the country’s first human astronaut. Continue reading

Petraeus’ tactical retreat: an almost flawless execution

Gen. David Petraeus
Photo by Hector Alejandro

Normally, nothing provokes more ludicrous and hysterical behaviour from our public figures than sex scandals. Bill Clinton famously queried the definition of the word “is” to defend his contrary statements on Monica Lewinsky. Newt Gingrich used allegations made against him by a former wife to launch an uncharacteristically terse attack on CNN.

The Petraeus affair, in contrast, has so far managed to stay relatively clean-cut – at least for Petraeus himself. Continue reading