June 03, 2005


B.D. is hitting the road for an extended work trip through the Caucasus and Europe. Not back on U.S. shores until after the July 4th weekend. Blogging will continue (though not over the next three/four days), but at odd hours and unpredictable times. I will mostly be nine hours ahead of East Coast time through June 16th, and then just six hours (or five at other times) ahead from June 17 through July 4th. Blogging will still be in the evenings of whatever local time zone I'm in. See you soon.

P.S. July 5th is something of my official move back date to New York City, and B.D. will be based out of the Big Apple from that point on.

UPDATE: Transit airport blogging...did I mention you should be reading Laura on the greatest post WWII massacre in Europe? Appears a videotape may have memorialized the crime. I suspect she'll be staying on top of the story over the next days.

Posted by Gregory at June 3, 2005 02:11 PM | TrackBack (1)

So when you move back to NY, will the blog get a new title? Too bad - as a frequent visitor to London, I rather like the present one.

On another note: Yesterday's evident assassination of Samir Qasir in Beirut could hardly come at a worse time - aside from removing an eloquent architect of the 'Cedar Revolution' from the scene, it complicates efforts to keep the Lebanese election process focused on the future. Friends were calling me all night long from Beirut with largely the same message: that today's demonstration could turn into a march on Lahoud's office, which they feared might lead to some well-prepared chaos and violence. They tell me that emotions and frustrations with the pace and limitations on the election are growing, and growing uglier -- all of which could play right into the hands of the Syrian (or pro-Syrian) elements ("See? We TOLD you the Lebanese couldn't govern themselves.") And the US seems to already have moved onto the next thing ( or back to the prior one), and is wielding little or no conscious influence. Granted, there's probably little the US can do at this moment, but it should not allow itself to appear ( to the Lebanese) not to care.

Posted by: James at June 3, 2005 03:03 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

no i was flirting with changing the url to tribeca tribune or such...but i think we are going to keep belgravia dispatch! too much of a hassle to change and then everyone has to re blog roll etc etc. not only that, i kind of feel indebted to quiet belgravia for helping me start this blog...i'm not persuaded i would have been able to do it in downtown manhattan, for instance.

as for lebanon, syria (the scud test etc) it appears there is quite a lot afoot in the Levant of late indeed. i'm not persuaded the scud story is particularly major (though some of the debris landing in turkey was certainly clumsy) but i think things are set to get worse before they get better as between Damascus and Washington for the forseeable future. what do other commenters think? when i have some time next week i hope to do some catching up on events in lebanon and syria.

Posted by: greg at June 3, 2005 07:12 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Yes, the video story is true; watched it on SBS (Aust. world channel) last night. It doesn't depict the main massacre, rather an incident where a number of men are shot by a road.

Serbia may now begin to come to terms with what was done in its name, given the president has acknowledged the video is real...

Posted by: mp at June 4, 2005 05:18 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I'm excited about the Scud test snafu, because perhaps it will precipitate a Turkish break with Damascus. Wonder if Bashar is playing games with Ocalan's brother, too, to keep the Kurds off his back.

Posted by: praktike at June 5, 2005 11:01 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink


The Tribeca Tribune would be appropriate if you were blogging about the Tribeca community in New York. However, since you write primarily about international affairs and diplomacy, The Belgravia Dispatch captures the international flavor you convey so well.

By the way, I'm glad you will continue to blog during your travels. While I don't always agree with your position on many issues, I still enjoy your analysis.

Posted by: Munir Umrani at June 6, 2005 05:56 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Excellent and - I believe - pretty accurate summary of the Lebanese situation by Michael Young in today's Wall St Journal op-ed. I'll know more, perhaps, when I 'm in Beirut on business at the end of this month.

Yes, please don't stop blogging - your s is the only one of these I read regularly - even when not in agreement (occasionally), I'm appreciative that it's at least thought-out and makes the effort to be informed. Cheers.

Posted by: James at June 6, 2005 07:19 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If you are in Vienna or Bratislava, you're invited for lunch, coffee, dinner.

Write me at ThomasGrey com for a faster reply.

I hope to soon be publishing a Friends of Belarus blog...

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at June 9, 2005 10:31 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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