Category Archives: Sudan

Accentuate the negative

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 23.44.25It is easier, writes Dalrymple,

to be interesting about the bad than about the good.

And writing about the good

can easily descend into mere moral uplift.


we live in an age when the slightest sign of complacency, as exemplified by counting your blessings, is regarded by the intelligentsia almost as indifference to the suffering of the world. How can anyone be so callous as to enjoy anything when there is civil war in the southern Sudan?

Farouk’s great good sense

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 23.32.23The King of Egypt and the Sudan possessed one of the world’s largest collections of choice pornography, which he had to abandon in his hurried exile. He ‘never tried to do any good, which is the most one can possibly ask of any national leader‘, writes Dalrymple.