Tag Archives: Rory Stewart

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

Dusting off the Cobwebs

Monday, 06.16.08 Posted by: Mebz

OH!  I’VE MISSED YOU GUYS!  It has been a crazy-busy month for me.  I’ve been gone for 3 out of the last 4 weeks.  I have been to Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, not to mention a week at my parent’s house.  It sure is good to be home! (Will be even better once I get my laundry done!)  I don’t know how JK and the other CNN personnel handle such travel- I’m exhausted!

I’ve missed a lot on the CNN front, but thankfully not too much concerning JK’s reporting as he was off for a good portion of the last few weeks too. (BTW: Congratulations John and Dana!  We at Johnthenewsking wish you ALL THE BEST!!)

Alright enough of that.  Let’s get down to business.  While playing catch-up on the news I missed while gone, I saw John’s piece on the End of Freedom Fries.  All I can say is that it’s about time we put to rest what has to be the single stupidest thing the US Congress has ever done.  My health care sucks, but by all means start renaming side dishes… (deep breaths)

And, how nice is it to start seeing some reports that aren’t completely about the Democratic primary? Regardless of who you supported, can’t we all be happy that it’s over now?  Speaking of which…

Be sure to check out afagen’s Flicker photo stream entitled Hillary Clinton ends campaign, you might recognize You Know Who in a few of them:

Well, I will leave you today with what you have all been missing:

Mebz’s No-Good Irrelevant You-Tube Video

While traveling I re-read both of Rory Stewart’s books; The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes.  In my opinion, two of the best books written in the last five years.  Even if you only have a passing interest in either Iraq or Afghanistan I would HIGHLY recommend you pick these up.  So in honor of that I give you Rory’s interview on Charlie Rose Tomorrow.



Filed under Current Events