November 24, 2012 A year ago, I was mixing with demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square calling for an end to Mubarak’s dictatorship and democracy for Egypt’s 84 million people. Being a natural-born firebrand,  I find most revolutions intoxicating – if almost inevitably disappointing or even ghastly. What a difference a […]

September 30, 2012 NEW YORK –  Hell week! That’s what this city’s angry, frustrated taxi drivers call each year’s opening of the United Nations.  It was even worse than that in the last two weeks. Narrow, congested island of Manhattan became a nightmare of gridlocked traffic, blocked streets, blaring horns […]

24 December 2011 This month marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1988, I saw the surest sign the USSR was facing an earthquake when I became the first western journalist to be invited into KGB’s Moscow headquarters, the Lubyanka Prison. Moscovites were so terrified […]