Regular visitors probably know I sometimes teach Arab and Israeli journalists through Brenda de Jager of Jemstone, an organization which does a lot of work in the Middle East. Now, Tudor Lomas of the same organization has emailed me to ask if I want to come to Baghdad to teach journalism and internet skills to Iraqis. There'll be no danger, he says, and he writes: 'You would only be in the Green Zone, with full-scale armed protection from the airport into and from the Green Zone.'
This would normally be good enough for me, except for these nasty news items which point out the Green Zone really isn't that safe right now.
Your thoughts, please. This is not a decision I take lightly, nor an opportunity to turn down easily.