A British ex-pat, I've lived and worked in the US since 1985 (before you were born, right?) I'm a writer, correspondent, journalist, broadcaster and author. I'm a Middle East policy wonk, a tech journalist and now I write books and apps for children about a green-faced witch called Heckerty. 

The Pressure to Feel

Israel’s Ariel Sharon is dying – and I feel an extraordinary pressure to try and find something positive to say. But I can’t. The man who countenanced and permitted the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982 which resulted in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Palestinians – is preparing to meet his maker, and I’m wondering what that encounter might look like.The eulogies of course, are bound to be full of plaudits and revisionist history. His courage, his ability to seize victory from the jaws of defeat, his tenacity and his obstinacy....more