Who Was Responsible for Latest Black Friday

first_imgIt was a rough Friday for a pair of high-profile (if quirky) consumer magazines. Radar, Maer Roshan’s irreverent, Spy-baiting magazine folded for the third time. A few hours later, 02138—the “Harvard lifestyle” title acquired in May by Manhattan Media, a publisher with big plans for relaunching it and rolling out a series of similar magazines—folded, too.Searching for the common denominator to the latest iteration of “Black Friday”? I mean, aside from the volatile economy? You could do a lot worse than Ron Burkle [above, right] the elusive billionaire head of Yucaipa Cos., owner of Source Interlink, pal to former president Bill Clinton and supermarket magnate.Burkle, who owns Source Interlink, the magazine distribution company and owner of Primedia’s remaining portfolio, was rumored to have a strong interest in acquiring American Media Inc., publisher of such supermarket friendly titles as Star and the National Enquirer—so much so that it was said to be a “done deal” at the beginning of 2008. But the sale fizzled, and AMI was pulled off the block, at least publicly. Burkle, who was vaulted into the tabloid media spotlight for his role in a New York Post payola scandal, was also known to be a silent investor in Radar, which despite folding its print product, was able to salvage its Web site for AMI to buy.What’s that? Burkle’s too much an enigma to have orchestrated this triangulated deal? Like the Atlantic, I would ask you to Think. Again.Burkle, of course, had nothing to do with the demise of 02138. But there is one figure associated with both Radar and 02138: Luke Hayman. The Pentagram partner and renowned magazine designer redesigned Radar (Roshan had retained Hayman as a design consultant) and had just completed a redesign of 02138—which I called the “most expensive regional relaunch in the history of magazines.”Design, of course, had little or nothing to do with the failure of these magazines. Then again, Hayman’s not cheap, and his redesigns were never going to be able to save either magazine.NOTE: Click here to watch a recent video interview we did with Hayman…last_img read more

Suicide bombing kills 9 in Pakistans Lahore

first_imgPakistani policemen carry the coffin of a colleague during their funeral ceremony in Lahore on March 15, 2018, following an overnight suicide attackAt least nine people were killed and 20 wounded late Wednesday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a police check-post in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, officials said.The attack took place in the suburb of Raiwind in Lahore, the main town of central Punjab province, near a mosque hosting a religious congregation of some 60,000 people.”At least nine people, which included five police and four civilians, have been killed…. Circumstances show it was a suicide attack,” Haider Ashraf, a senior police official in Lahore, told reporters.At least 20 people were wounded in the attack which targeted the police check-post, he said.Jam Sajjad, a spokesman for the emergency services, confirmed the death toll.Punjab’s chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said: “The martyred policemen are our heroes. Their sacrifices will not go in vain”.The bombing was claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group in a statement sent to AFP, in which the jihadists threatened more attacks on police in retaliation for killing their “associates” in Punjab.The US State Department earlier this month offered a $5 million reward for help locating the leader of the TTP, which has been linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and the 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York.The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the identification or location of Maulana Fazlullah, the head of the TTP, and said the group “demonstrated a close alliance with al-Qaeda”.According to US officials, TTP gave explosives training to Faisal Shahzad, who failed in his attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010.The group was also behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014 and the October 2012 shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.last_img read more

Indian MP demands removal of Jinnahs portrait from AMU

first_imgMuhammad Ali JinnahAn Indian lawmaker of ruling BJP, in a letter on Monday, has demanded Aligarh Muslim University to remove an 80-year old portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah from the varsity’s students union office.Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Satish Gautam has sent the letter addressing the AMU vice chancellor Tariq Mansoor.In response to the letter another BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, the cabinet minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday slammed Satish Gautam for questioning AMU, says a Times of India report.The letter said, Jinnah’s photo should not be put up in India. Instead of putting Pakistan’s founder’s portrait the university should observe the contributions of Raja Mahendra Pratap and Sir Syed Ahmed who had a crucial role in establishing the university, reads an Indian Express report.Reacting to the letter, students union of AMU said, Jinnah and many other pre-partition leaders were conferred honorary membership of the university and their portraits have been installed since 1920. The portrait of Jinnah was installed in 1938 when he was conferred lifetime membership in AMU students union.The BJP MP sought a detailed explanation from the university authorities justifying the ‘compulsion’ of having Jinnah’s photo in the university. According to Satish, Jinnah was responsible for the partition of India and Pakistan and therefore, now Pakistan continues to trouble India.In response to the letter Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday referring Jinnah as ‘Great Man’ said, “It is shameful for anyone to point a finger on great leaders who contributed towards formation of the country.”last_img read more