More bad news: Al-Sabah staff quits

The staff of the US-funded newspaper in Baghdad just quit to start their own paper. Ugh.

The staff of the American-funded paper in Baghdad just quit to set up an independent paper. Turns out the journalists wanted to run a newspaper, not a house organ for the occupation. Or maybe it was about the split of the revenues. Or maybe they just decided working for the occupier wasn’t likely to be a good career move.

Any way you look at it, it’s not good news. We’re seeing the rats swimming away from the ship we’re still aboard, and the officers don’t seem to know where the charts or the lifeboats are hidden.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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