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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass


Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps.

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The Northern Front
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: The Northern Front

The Northern Front is an eyewitness account of the Iraqi opposition's preparations for the American invasion, the Kurdish planning in northern Iraq and the early stages of the war when some of the opposition moved to the south.

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The Tribes Triumphant
by Charles Glass


The Tribes Triumphant completes the story of Charles Glass' earlier Middle East adventure, Tribes With Flags, after his kidnapping by Hizballah in Lebanon.

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Tribes With Flags
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Charles Glass: Tribes With Flags

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Money For Old Rope
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

Alexander Cockburn: Crusading reporter and polemicist who was unafraid to espouse unpopular causes
The Independent 
Reporter, polemicist, pamphleteer, champion of the downtrodden, horseman, and classic car collector, Alexander Cockburn set a high standard of crusading journalism for 50 years....

Hitch never pulled his punches
The Spectator 
One night in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, circa 1979 or 1980, Christopher Hitchens was walking home from dinner at our house when he saw a man beating up a woman. Never one to back away from battle, physical or verbal, Christopher took a swing at the woman's attacker. He was pleased to have spared her further savagery from the brute, until...

Another Dead Journalist
Taki's Magazine 
The first email came on May 31 from London's Pluto Press, saying that one of their authors was missing and believed to be imprisoned. The author was forty-year-old journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, whose reporting on Pakistan and Afghanistan was famously reliable and probing. As editor of Asia Despatch and Pakistan Bureau Chief of Hong Kong's Asia Times Online, he had...

Reading, Writing, and Rupert
Taki's Magazine 
The Briterati, as I call Britain's media pontificators on matters spiritual and temporal, are in a spin over reports that parents no longer read to their children and that the state is failing to protect the wee 'uns from pornography. It is good to drop in on Britain from time to time, if only to observe moral guardians' ephemeral preoccupations...

Photographers: The First Casualties of War
Taki's Magazine 
When journalists die in some foreign field, they die for you. Without them, your knowledge of the world in which you live would come from government spokesmen, corporate flacks, and pundits who don't leave their television studios or think tanks. Two frontline photographers, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, have just been killed in Libya. Hetherington was forty and Hondros forty-one....

Murdoch the Media Monopolist
Taki's Magazine 
Evidence is mounting that Rupert Murdoch's British media empire conspired illegally with private investigators to tap telephones and hack into computers. A recent murder trial disclosed that Murdoch's editors paid $150,000 a year to private investigator Jonathan Rees, previously convicted of planting false evidence to frame an innocent woman....

I Wish I Were in Cairo
Taki's Magazine 
It is hard for an old hack like me to sit still when a big story is unfolding. Not so long ago, the sound of gunfire almost anywhere on Earth called me off with the rest of the pack to see who was shooting at whom. Now my colleagues are in Cairo watching history at play while I tap away...

Aging More Gracefully Than England
Taki's Magazine 
As I write these words and watch them grow into sentences, I am living the final hours of my fifties. By the time you read this, I'll be sixty years old. Or, as French and other Romance languages put it, I shall have sixty years. Having these four-seasons-times-sixty on my person feels heavy, but it seems I am far from...

On Guarding the Public's Right to Ignorance and Meeting With Julian Assange
Taki's Magazine 
When a journalist disappears in Russia or is murdered in Iraqi Kurdistan, his or her colleagues in safer climes stand up to be counted. No one should be killed, tortured, or imprisoned for publishing information or opinions that the powerful find inconvenient. Organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Article 19, and PEN regard it as their duty to...

The Secular Fatwa on Julian Assange
Taki's Magazine 
In February 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa inciting the faithful to murder author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy. Within a few days, professional writers convened in London, New York, and elsewhere to discuss countering this threat. In London, we met at the National Union of Journalists' offices in Gray's Inn Road. We had fierce arguments about how to best defend...

Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing
Taki's Magazine. 
Spare a kind thought for my old friend Michael Morrell's oldest son, Geoff, the Pentagon's Press Secretary. The Defense Department has tasked poor Geoff with providing its public reaction to Julian Assange's Wikileaks disclosure on Saturday of 391,832 documents relating to America's war in Iraq. The new flood of "Pentagon Papers"-style documents detail a pattern of US soldiers murdering civilians...

My Mentor: Charles Glass on Peter Jennings
The Independent 
The first time I ever saw Peter he was wearing a trench coat. It had belonged to his father, who was a venerated Canadian broadcaster. If you were going to make a film about a foreign correspondent you would cast Peter in that trench coat....

Peter Jennings
The Independent 
Peter Charles Jennings, television and radio journalist: born Toronto, Ontario 29 July 1938; staff, ABC News 1964-2005, international anchor, World News Tonight, 1978-83, anchor and senior editor 1983-2005; married first Valerie Godsoe (marriage dissolved), secondly 1973 Annie Malouf (marriage dissolved), thirdly 1979 Kati Marton (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1994), fourthly 1997 Kayce Freed; died New York 7 August...

Iraqis need people like James Brandon to tell their story
Independent on Sunday 
The gunmen who kidnapped the British journalist James Brandon from his hotel late on Thursday probably had no idea they would have to release him a few hours later. Nor, I suspect, did James Brandon. The foreigners taken, both by insurgents and by the common criminals who have flourished since the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq, have suffered various...

The first casualty
The Observer 
IN 1984 I filed a report to ABC News on Israeli death squads in south Lebanon that was never broadcast. My camera crew and I had spent a week travelling the roads of south Lebanon in the tracks of plainclothes assassins whom United Nations soldiers and officials, charity workers, villagers and guerrillas all claimed were locating and shooting individual Lebanese...

Diary - celebrating a fiftieth birthday
The New Statesman 
The best thing about turning 50 is that you've had time to develop a healthy narcissism. While I tap out these syllables on the first day of my 51st year, waiters at Christopher's new restaurant in Victoria are laying the tables for the guests who will assemble to celebrate my 50th birthday....

When it's OK to kill a hack
The Spectator 
It's official. Thirty-three journalists died violently in war zones last year. The figure - nine up on the year before - has just been released by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists. Sierra Leone was the most dangerous destination in 1999: ten reporters were killed there last year. Next on the list was Serbia, where six reporters lost...

Hacks versus flacks: Tales from the depths
The London media world is under fire and taking shelter. Prime Minister Tony Blair's head flack, Alistair Campbell, has challenged the patriotism of the British press. It's as if Sid Blumenthal had questioned the loyalty under fire of the New York Times op-ed writers from Tom Friedman to Bill Safire. There are reminders of America's greatest vice-president Spiro Agnew's denunciations...

Death of our moral guardian: where has journalistic integrity gone?
The New Statesman 
The demolition men have torn her guts out and ripped away her facade, but her ramparts, pubs on all sides, still stand. For those of us who worked at this madeleine of an empty, building set atop St Andrew's Hill, all that remains is the memory of a national press before the Murdoch quake hit....

Charles Glass at charlesmglass

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