An Oxford chemistry graduate planning to launch the first English language newspaper in Iraq for more than a decade. The Baghdad Bulletin, the brainchild of Ralph Hassall, 23, is due to be published next month, with around 5000 copies printed, and plans for an online version to attract international readers are well underway. A number of key academics, journalists, and politicians, Arab and Western alike, have been approached to contribute. Ralph intends the Bulletin to act as a forum for Iraqis to discuss the future their country. “I want to get Iraqis talking about what should happen the country now the war is over: what should the billions of dollars promised in aid be spent on? Who should spend it and how?” he said speaking from Jordan. Not everyone may be so convinced of the validity of such an enterprise. James Lazou, a Wadham student who played a prominent role in the Oxford Students Stop the War Group, expressed his concern about the project to Cherwell. “I find the concept of an English language newspaper being the forum for Iraqis to debate their future, very worrying, and a reflection of wider colonialist attitudes to the country.” Mr Hassall, who admits to being “a patriot,” has embarked on a potentially very lucrative path. As former City media analyst Celia Leaberry explained, if the future of Iraq is secured, a national newspaper will very likely bid to take over the Bulletin. If, however, violence should break out again in Iraq, the fate of the paper looks less certain.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003
Martin Ødegaard is once again in the eye of the hurricane. It does not fail. Real Sociedad plays against Real Madrid, and all the lights point to the Norwegian. This time on the occasion of the quarterfinal match of Santiago Bernabéu. It is the future of the white team and can be its executioner in the Copa del Rey. -It is inevitable to start by asking about his future at Real Madrid. Everyone sees the next course in white …I do not know. I don’t know what people will say. What I can say is that the plan has not changed, it is to stay here what we talked about (two years) because I cannot be happier. I am focused on day to day and nothing has changed the way we face the future.-Play for a long time touched, how are you?I have had knee problems, it is true, but I feel good, getting better every day and I feel that the match came well.-How do you see the tie in the Bernabéu?Well, it is clear that it will be a complicated and difficult game, because we play against a great rival, although we are clear that we can harm any team because we have a lot of level in the team.– Do you think that the defeat in the league can serve you in the Cup? Can be. I remember that we played very well there, especially the first 40 minutes before they marked us. I think we have to leave the same, but then the challenge will be to maintain the same level throughout the game. Because if we do so, I am convinced we have a chance of winning.-Is it a more special tie for you?Nerd. It’s a big tie for everyone, it’s a quarter cup and we’re looking forward to it. It is an important game for me, but especially for the club.-The Real has only eliminated once (1988) Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, can that be repeated?I think so. It is a special game for me and what I want is to pass the tie above all, because for us it is a dream to do something big in the Cup. We face the game with that illusion.-Which Real Del Madrid player worries you most?Luka modric. Because despite being my idol, it’s very good.– What do you think of Zidane’s work?Very good. We have a very good relationship, he trained me in Castilla and then in the first team. He knows a lot about football.– Are you worried that they will charge two games a week?Not at all. At least I love playing two games a week because if it doesn’t get long.-They just suffered a rude error from the VAR, what do you expect from arbitration at the Bernabéu?Let him do it well. Nothing else. You know that I do not like VAR much, the images say that the penalty to Januzaj is clear. But you don’t have to turn it over. The defeat in Leganés very hard, but it wasn’t just for that. Now we can’t think about the past, the good thing is that with so much game we can look forward very quickly.