We interrupt this John King blog…

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

…to bring you a Rory Stewart themed post.  Please pardon the delay in JK related infotainment.  John King blogging will resume later in the week.  But for now, sit back and enjoy one of Scotland’s gifts to humanity; along with kilts, Scotch and Billy Connolly: Rory Stewart.

I am not going to go into an explanation of who he is simply because I could not come close to doing his life justice.  However, the following links are articles that will give you a good primer.

Can Rory Stewart fix Afghanistan?

Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century

Stewart of Afghanistan


Moving on now to a few articles written by Rory Stewart:

Iraq: The Question

How to Save Afghanistan– this one caused a stir.

Where Less Is More

And now the YouTube offerings:

Charlie Rose Tomorrow


 This was a MWNGIYV (Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video) a few months ago.

Inside Story- Rebuilding Kabul pt.1 & pt. 2


Donor Update


Authors @ Google

His books can be found here at Amazon.  Both of my copies of The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes are worn, stained and dog-eared.  They are well worth the money and should be required reading for anyone trying to understand our attempts (and failures) at state-building.

If you missed his interview with Fareed Zakaria on GPS last month, do yourself a favor and watch it: part 1  part 2

Why have I taken the time to put this together?  I’ll tell you, it’s because when I hear Rory speak about the issues the world faces today, I am comforted by the knowledge that there are in fact smart people out there working very hard to fix our problems and make the world just a little bit better.  Mr. Stewart’s honest and frank assessment of our abilities and limitations is a welcomed voice on the world stage. For those of you who are already Rory Stewart fans, I’m sure this is all old stuff to you, but if you are new, by all means check him out.  And after reading this, if you are thinking that his story would make a good movie- you would be right.

Alright, this is turning into far too long a post and I haven’t even said anything about Turquoise Mountain or Harvard or the fact that he’s only 35- ahh! There is simply too much Rory-awesomeness to fit into one post.  Sorry, if it wasn’t overtly funny, either.  I will try better next time.  And I promise more JK fun soon.  Later.



Filed under Entertainment, General Discussion, Just For Fun

9 responses to “We interrupt this John King blog…

  1. delie

    OMG! You did it! I love you! Almost an All Things Rory! Thank you so much. This stuff, even for fans, can’t be “old”. Never! It’s always such a delight to hear him!
    I know it takes time to write such a post. Thanks, Mebz! And the next Guinness round is for me!

  2. mebz72

    “All Things Rory” Ha, that’s a good idea. I would be a frequent visitor to that blog.
    There was just too much good stuff to put into one post. Perhaps I’ll write up another one sometime soon.
    By the way, thank you for becoming my Karl Penhaul and overall CNNI dealer. It is much appreciated.

  3. katreyes

    thank you very much for this post.

  4. patimc

    That cinched it Mebz, you are totally my rock star of a HERO! I love you!

  5. mebz72

    *loving the praise*

  6. MWmcFan

    Mebz, I’m so thrilled you did a post about Rory. He is a wonderful human being. I’m really looking forward to meeting him in 3 weeks when he comes to my town to do a speaking event and book signing. I’ll make sure to tell him he has a lot of Americans that value his knowledge and ideas.

  7. This is a great post. Very informative.

  8. CatMeowmers

    THANK YOU so much for this post! He is such an amazing person! I can say that Rory has given me a great deal of inspiration and I’m a huge fan.

    I agree with mebz72 that I would also become a frequent visitor. With a name like “All Things Rory”, how could I not resist?

    All I ask is moar Rory posts please.

  9. Someone really ought to set up ‘All Things Rory’ — there’s certainly no lack of interesting source-material out there — but until someone does, this is a very useful starting-point for Rory-related research. Thanks!

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