I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Month: April 2003

Politics and Economics

Russia Too!

Also from the Times of London Click Here Putin taunts Blair: Is Saddam sitting in a bunker ready to blow the whole place up with WMD? From Rosemary Bennett and Robin Shepherd in Moscow PRESIDENT Putin scuppered Tony Blair’s efforts to repair Anglo-Russian relations after the Iraq war by challenging him and President Bush to uncover weapons of mass destruction to justify the conflict. The Prime Minister suffered a second blow from the anti-war axis when France and Germany backed plans for a European defence force independent of Nato. At a summit in Brussels, France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg agreed

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Politics and Economics

Death of NATO

Well, the first wave of post-Iraq decisions is confirming that the Bush administration has successfully blundered into unravelling almost 60 years of western diplomacy. Forieg Editor Briefing at the Times tells all. Click here April 30, 2003 Blow to Nato is old Europe’s payback time By Bronwen Maddox THIS time it is not an exaggeration to talk about the death of Nato. What we are watching is a slow death, but the plan put forward yesterday by France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg is a heavy blow. Anyone could be forgiven a look of pure bemusement on reading the joint statement

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Politics and Economics

Is it OK to Kill 13 Civilians?

From “The Times” of London 29 April 2003 US troops ‘kill 13’ after shooting at Iraqi crowd By agencies in fallujah US troops opened fire on Iraqi demonstrators near Baghdad last night reportedly killing 13 people including three children. Seventy five more Iraqis were injured in the incident in Fallujah. There were conflicting reports as to the reason for their march. Some locals said they were marking Saddam Hussein’s birthday, others said that students were protesting at US troops continuing to occupy their school and demanded that lessons resume. Colonel Arnold Bray of the 82nd Airborne Division said that seven

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Teare Family,

What a lovely sight!

I wonder if Saul is happy to see the English Premier League Table this morning? Like all Arsenal fans my guess is not Premiership OVERALL HOME AWAY P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A Pts GD Man Utd 36 23 8 5 68 32 15 2 1 38 11 8 6 4 30 21 77 36 Arsenal 35 21 9 5 73 38 14 2 1 39 16 7 7 4 34 22 72 35 Newcastle 36 20 5 11 60 46 14 2 2 35 17 6 3 9 25

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Teare Family,

What a Beautiful Game – but I hate the aggregate result!

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Wednesday, April 23, 2003 Man Utd 4-3 Real Madrid PA Manchester United were taught a Champions League lesson by Real Madrid and the irrepressible Ronaldo, winning 4-3 on the night but going out 6-5 on aggregate. Ronaldo celebrates the opener (NealSimpson/Empics) The Brazilian striker, who lit up the World Cup final with his finishing prowess, may have lived in the shadow of team-mate Raul for much of this season since his arrival from Inter Milan. But with his fellow striker injured, Ronaldo rose to the occasion in the manner of a true champion as he struck a

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Politics and Economics

Fake Uprising – the evidence!

This article is from Information Clearing House. It speaks for itself. April 6th: Iraqi National Congress founder, Ahmed Chalabi is flown into the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah by the Pentagon. Chalabi, along with 700 fighters of his “Free Iraqi Forces” are airlifted aboard four massive C17 military transport planes. Chalabi and the INC are Washington favorites to head the new Iraqi government. A photograph is taken of Chalabi and members of his Free Iraqi Forces militia as they arrive in Nasiriyah. April 9th: One of the “most memorable images of the war” is created when U.S. troops pull down

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Politics and Economics

Robert Fisk in Baghdad

“You are American!” a woman shouted at me in English yesterday morning, wrongly assuming I was from the US. “Go back to your country. Get out of here. You are not wanted here. We hated Saddam and now we are hating Bush because he is destroying our city.” It was a mercy she could not visit the Museum of Antiquity to see for herself that the very heritage of her country ? as well as her city ? has been destroyed. A civilisation torn to pieces Baghdad, reports Robert Fisk, is a city at war with itself, at the mercy

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Internet Politics and Economics

Michael Moore fights back

Michael Moore has had an interesting few weeks. From being cheered to the rooftops at the Sundance Independent Film Awards to being cheered and booed at the Oscars, to being vilified by the nore obnoxious elements of the pro-war lobby. Here is his account of what it has all meant. April 7, 2003 My Oscar “Backlash”: “Stupid White Men” Back At #1, “Bowling” Breaks New Records Dear friends, It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude—and we will pay for it for years

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Politics and Economics

Liberation Day Unclothed

Robert Fisk in Baghdad on April 9th 2003. Writing for the daily UK Broadsheet, The Independent. A day that began with shellfire ended with a once-oppressed people walking like giants 10 April 2003 The Americans “liberated” Baghdad yesterday, destroyed the centre of Saddam Hussein’s quarter-century of brutal dictatorial power but brought behind them an army of looters who unleashed upon the ancient city a reign of pillage and anarchy. It was a day that began with shellfire and air strikes and blood-bloated hospitals and ended with the ritual destruction of the dictator’s statues. The mobs shrieked their delight. Men who,

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