Barbara Michael

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Education: Post-graduate school
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Last Edit: Jul 29, 2009 - 12:02 PM PDT

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Barbara reviewed this story - Jul 30, 2009
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3.3

On-site coverage from 2 reporters gathering facts and impressions from local military, Swat residents, and Taliban to show how recent Swat military offensive is not the last word on Taliban action.

Frankly, I am disheartened by the neverending conflict coverage. What are the roots of the conflict? What is the larger context of this conflict? What back channel discussions are taking place? What do local people want to see happen? What is a peacemaker''s view of the situation? Other than fighting to exhaustion, what could end the conflict? In what ways is the US involved?

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Barbara reviewed this story - Jul 27, 2009
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3.0

Reporter has access to both Taliban and army and assesses Swat from army's strategic point of view. Key point is humanitarian agencies' saying it's too soon to return but people went home anyway. Now the conflict plays out in their midst, and with their involvement. Gripping story that feels closer to the people than the competent WSJ piece.

Get the people around and ask them how they would make peace. What is needed? That is the question that no one is asking and so no one is challenged to find out. It's still about asking the combatants how they are doing. What are they going to say that makes a difference (assuming the difference is not about conflict)?

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