Archive for June, 2012

How is the new MacBook’s Retina display? It depends

How is the new MacBook's Retina display? It depends

I recently purchased (and today took delivery of) a new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I’m staying with my parents in Hong Kong, and as soon as my Dad walked through the door, he said he wanted to see the retina display which is, frankly, spectacular. Unfortunately, lots of software has yet to be upgraded [...]


Iraq film seller laments Bollywood decline

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on June 20, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Adil Hamid Khalaf is like many Iraqi traders, with his tiny store stocked to the brim with VCDs and DVDs. What sets him apart is he can extol, in halting Hindi [...]


Iraq looks to raise profile with OPEC candidate

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 12, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – As Iraq increases oil output and emerges as a key supplier, it is now pushing a candidate for OPEC secretary general, part of efforts to boost its profile and retake [...]


In Iraqi politics, years pass but little changes

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on June 11, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – It is mid-June and Baghdad is locked in political intrigue — will Nuri al-Maliki retain the premiership? Or will rival blocs overcome historic animosity and band together against him? No, the [...]


Tough contracts hurt Iraq energy auction: analysts

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 1, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – A landmark Iraqi auction for oil and gas exploration blocks was a disappointment because of poor contract terms on offer and a lack of requisite energy infrastructure, analysts say. The [...]