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MP Nunan
has spent 17 years working in the developing world, in Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and many points in between. She is now a freelance writer and journalist living in New York City.

More of her writing can be read on and her resume and contact details are on

Entries by MP Nunan

How Would News Organizations Fare in a Brawl?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 5:39 PM

News organizations have always been competitive, but following the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, an actual rumble broke out at an after-party.

OK, OK -- it was a "scuffle." It was between Fox News' Jesse Watters from "The O'Reilly Factor," and The Huffington Post's Washington Bureau Chief...

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If Kim Jong Un Just Hacked Aaron Sorkin, the World Just Got a Little More Dangerous

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:50 AM

I am a big, fat Aaron Sorkin fan. There. I said it. I don't feel like that needs to be defended.

Not only have I got The West Wing virtually memorized, I come from a family that's got The West Wing virtually memorized. I have taken to the internet...

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The UN General Assembly To Do List

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:16 PM

This year's UN General Assembly comes at an especially bleak time. ISIS massacres, Syrian refugees, Ebola -- how much worse can it get? (Actually, don't answer that.) Here's a quick look at some of the items on the international community's agenda as it heads to the General Assembly -- and...

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The Republican Sharknado

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:46 AM

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Everything You Need to Know About the Middle East Can Be Explained by Dr. Seuss

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:02 AM

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What Happened at UC Santa Barbara Was 'An Apparent Suicide Attack'

(9) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:30 AM

I'm a journalist -- a former foreign correspondent -- now based in New York City.

As someone who's covered political violence overseas, it's clear to me that as Americans, we need to change our vocabulary. We have one set of vocabulary for events that happen overseas, and a "Rated...

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Boko Haram's Green Screen

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:31 AM

Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group that abducted 276 students from a girls school, has sought to add to their notoriety through the release of videos.

The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears to be enjoying his new-found fame, releasing a 27-minute video rant, in which he demanded the...

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The UN General Assembly Bingo and/or Drinking Game

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 5:39 PM

It's that time of year again! It's the UN General Assembly -- when representatives from 193 countries around the world descend on Midtown Manhattan to end poverty and stop wars by engaging in the caliber of discussion that embodies humanity's highest ideals. (No! Really!)

And yet, it is also...

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The Hacked NSA Terminal

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Edward Snowden remains holed up in the transit lounge in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, as the fate of one of the the world's most famous hackers -- or leakers, depending on your point of view -- hangs in the balance. It sounds like it should make a good film -- or...

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You Cannot Hero-Worship Snowden and Manning at the Same Time

(30) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:57 PM

If you're hailing as a hero Edward Snowden, the "whistle-blower" who released a number of National Security Agency documents, revealing that the non-stop invasion of privacy enacted during the Bush administration has continued unabated during the Obama administration, then you simply can't be a fan of Bradley Manning.


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A Holy Week Lament by the Rock That Started It All

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:25 PM

You might not be familiar with me, but I'm a rock. Well -- I don't like to brag, but I'm a boulder, really. Once, I was the tip of a mountain, but mostly I've been paved over. And -- I didn't ask for things to be this way -- but,...

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What if CNN Could Cover a Plane Crash.... the CNN Way?

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 10:21 AM

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Holy See Seeks New Vicar of Christ

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 3:37 PM


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Open Letter to Al Gore, Regarding Aljazeera

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Dear Mr. Vice President,

You've had a tough week or two, haven't you? You're doing the talk show rounds to promote your new book, The Future, about how democracy has been "hacked" by corporate interests. But 1ac.1.oMmZgmM6l-s" target="_hplink">all the interviewers want to talk about is the...

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The National Influenza: Time to Admit You're Sick

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:47 PM

Do you feel as if you've spent the last 18 months, slowly succumbing to that tickle in your throat, the dull ache behind your eyes, which you didn't want to admit you had? It's just the sniffles, you said -- but even then, your voice cracked in a way that...

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Mitt Romney and the Blood of Reagan

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:00 PM

From the BBC: The foundation of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan has expressed outrage after a vial said to have held a sample of his blood was put on sale in an online auction.

U.K.-based PFC Auctions says the blood was taken from Reagan after the failed 1981...

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Burma -- Or Is it Myanmar? -- Goes to See Its Shrink

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 1:48 PM

The nation of Burma shuffles into its psychologist's office, and plops down heavily in a chair.

"Thanks for seeing me outside our regular appointment," Burma says. "I had a really bad weekend."

"Or a really good one," says the shrink. "The first reasonably free-and-fair election since 1990?"...

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God Emerges as Possible Candidate for Republican Nomination

(8) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 8:50 PM

With Super Tuesday showing no clear winner yet in the Republican primaries, God has signaled that he may throw his hat in the ring for the nomination at the Republican National Convention.

While former pronouncements from the Almighty have taken the form of burning bushes or stone tablets, God's most...

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The Odd Couple: Santorum and Ahmadinejad!

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 6:56 PM

Have you noticed the whackiness shared by both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Republican Primary candidate Rick Santorum?

Both favor theocratic rule over their respective homelands -- but when they try to live together, hijinks ensue!

Coming soon to a political theater near you!...

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Super PAC Ads of the Apocalypse -- and Unilateral Disarmament

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 10:47 AM

President Obama's (non-coordinated) "Priorities USA Action" is the latest Super PAC whose organizers have to used the phrase "unilateral disarmament" to suggest a move they absolutely, positively, can't possibly make, because it's the equivalent of electoral self-destruction given the avalanche of Super PAC ad spending.

Have you...

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