- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
After having already been denied a permit to pitch his tent in Englewood, New Jersey during this week’s U.N. meeting, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has also been rebuffed in his attempt to rent an upper east side townhouse:
Agents for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi were met with a strong-arm from a real-estate broker they approached to rent a posh townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for his visit to the city this week.
The broker, with characteristic New York chutzpah, told them to take a hike back to the desert.
"They kept asking, ‘What would be the price? What would be the price?’ I thought about it and said, ‘Why don’t you send Megrahi back to Scotland, and then maybe we can work something out.’ They hung up on me immediately," said Jason Haber, a broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman.
What’s a claustrophobic dictator to do?