Hi, there and thanks for stopping in. I’m Christopher Allbritton, former AP, New York Daily News and Time Magazine reporter. In 2002, I went stumbling around Iraqi Kurdistan, the northern part of Iraq outside Saddam’s direct control, looking for stories. (Some might call it “looking for trouble.”)
In 2003 I became the Web’s first fully reader-funded journalist-blogger with Back-to-Iraq.com. Now, InsurgencyWatch will adopt the same model with the aim to become the foremost reported blog on the emerging threats popping up in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
About me: I’m a journalist with almost 20 years experience in the business, with expertise ranging from technology to war to business. Much of the last few years have been spent in the Middle East, with brief trips to Africa and elsewhere. Recently, I was a Fellow at Stanford in the Knight Fellowship program, which is concerned primarily with the future of journalism and how to keep it going. I’m a firm believer in mainstream newspapers as a source of great information, but I’m also realistic. With fewer and fewer newspapers sending staffers overseas (or even using stringers and freelancers), the ability for Americans to get good foreign news and analysis is suffering. I hope that InsurgencyWatch.com can help fill in that gap a little bit.
InsurgencyWatch.com will report on the emerging threats popping up in Pakistan and Afghanistan, primarily, but never let it be said geography will limit a good story. I have reported on pirates off the coast of Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Sunni jihadists in Iraq and rubbed shoulders with money launderers in Dubai. The inhabitants of this mental geography are not just al Qaeda terrorists. They are also Russian mobsters, Ukranian gun runners, Albanian human traffickers, Hezbollah diamond smugglers, Chinese cybergangs and Somali pirates. This lawless area stretches from the no-man’s land of Waziristan to southern Lebanon all the way to the tri-border area of South America. It’s not a place, it’s a state of mind.
I’ve been in Pakistan since mid-June. You can email me story ideas at chris at insurgencywatch dot com
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