So you saved a few bucks buying furniture at Ikea, and risked eating horse meat when you tried out their meatballs. Just make sure to anchor that cheap chest of drawers that you bought to the wall, as per the instructions (yes, the ones you tossed aside) because the consequences could be dire if you … Continue reading
Looks like The Fedora Report needs some upgrading. I’ve found some – gasp! – dead links. I’ll fix them up and spruce up the site a bit in the next days.
I produced this clip for my J-school class in the fall. As a print monkey I had no experience with video, but somehow I cobbled together a cohesive string of images, dialog and background audio that made sense. Civil War reenactors are always happy to be pictured and will talk up a storm if you … Continue reading
I produced this radio story for a class I took in the fall at the University of Maryland Graduate Journalism School. It came out a week before the November 4, 2014 election, when Democrat Mark Warner was forecast to crush his Republican rival in the Virginia senate race. In the end the race was a … Continue reading
Since December I’ve spent most of my sabbatical catching up on long-delayed work at home, caring for the kids on snow days (that sure was a bleak winter!), and working on a book on the early days of the U.S. Civil War. Yep, I’m becoming one of those insufferable CW geeks (which is my Instagram … Continue reading
My May 2013 story on Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson ran on several websites, including Alternet and Southern Partisan. It generated a string of rabid commentary in favor and against Jackson on the Raw Story site (since deleted). Who knew I was going to re-start the Civil War? These days the first thing that comes up when … Continue reading
Yes, Fedora Report is overdue for an update. For the past year I’ve been working mostly as a translator and editor at Agence France-Presse so I have few original stories to show. However I started a sabbatical in September to upgrade my skills, so you can expect changes here in the next months. Stay tuned.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador may have lost Mexico’s July 1 presidential election at the ballot box, but that didn’t stop supporters of the leftist candidate from claiming fraud. While the margin of victory for the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Pena Nieto was so wide that the man widely known as AMLO could not claim ballot-box … Continue reading
The Institutional Revolutionary Party ran Mexico for 71 years though a combination of patronage, ballot-box stuffing and selective repression, a governing method incompatible with the 21st century democracy that Mexico aspires to be. And yet when it came time to vote on July 1, the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto was the hands-down winner. In the … Continue reading
I guess if I can cover Saddam Hussein’s trial then I can certainly cover the trial of . . . (fill in the blank). Either that, or I was the first reporter my boss saw when he needed to send someone to Greensboro, North Carolina to cover felony trial of one-time US presidential candidate John Edwards. Once the … Continue reading
An AFP Live Report is a real-time posting of a breaking news event. It works best if you read them from the bottom up. We normally handle events in our region — in my case, since I’m based in Washington D.C., the Americas — but on a major breaking stories AFP bureaus will share Live Report … Continue reading
Latin America leaders are increasingly demanding changes to the US-led “War on Drugs” — but with billions of dollars at stake and no clear political benefit there is little incentive in Washington to challenge the status quo, US experts say. For the first time ever talks on alternatives to the US policy, which treats drug … Continue reading
In Honduras, where you can hire a killer for few hundred dollars and get away with murder, people who ask questions — like reporters — are prime targets. Radio Progreso reporter and news editor Karla Rivas has this on her mine every time she goes to work. Sixteen journalists have been killed since a 2009 … Continue reading
Muslims seem to be the last group in the United States who are fair targets for ridicule and verbal attacks. Yet, contrary to the hateful rhetoric spewed by some politicians and so-called religious leaders, there are plenty of Christians willing to help their Muslim neighbors, even allowing them to use their churches for Friday prayers. … Continue reading
The United States is marking the 150th anniversary of its 1861-1865 Civil War with a series of events nationwide. Huge crowds from the Washington D.C. area flocked to nearby Manassas on the weekend of July 26 to watch nearly 9,000 re-enactors wearing in heavy wool period uniform re-enact the first major encounter of the war. … Continue reading