Britain has sent troops to Afghanistan for 16 years now, and is likely to be sending a few more to join the US-led surge to shore up the collapsing Ashraf Ghani regime against the latest Taliban onslaught. Despite the high expenditure of blood and treasure — 454 military and civilians killed, many more wounded and at least £37 billion spent — there has yet to be a proper grown-up public enquiry.
In Spain, the government is desperately trying to halt a referendum for independence in Catalonia this weekend. In Iraq, too, the central government is trying to nullify the effect of a huge vote for independence in a referendum in the Kurdish region last weekend. The arguments of the governments in Baghdad and Madrid are remarkably similar. They both say the Kurdish and Catalan plebiscites are unconstitutional, divisive and threatening to the unity of the states of Iraq and Spain.
The bomb used at Parsons Green seems to be a relatively unsophisticated weapon whose technology is available on the darker corners of the internet. Police have described the device as an IED, a form of bomb developed and widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The huge majority used in Afghanistan have been crudely simple, some costing little more than £5.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".