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steven-belanger's picture
Jan.06.2014
Photo: Terry Francona, as he is now--a manager of the Cleveland Indians--in a photo from a Boston Globe article about him winning Manager of the Year.     A very readable, if not mindblowing or all-revealing, look at the life and times, especially 2004-2011, of former Red Sox manager...
sharon-a-geyer's picture
Sep.15.2012
About the only country in the Middle East that isn't throwing a hizzy and storming the local USA consulate or embassy is the State of Israel. Let me remind you that the USA still has its embassy in Tel Aviv, despite the fact that every presidential contender promises to move the embassy to the...
tim-haywood's picture
Aug.07.2012
Throughout our lives, we hear more sage phrases, more ironic parables, more downright clichés, regarding the word "change" than any other lone word I can pry loose from the corroded cast iron that is my brain matter. Whoa, that was a long sentence. Our parents begin bludgeoning us with lessons...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Apr.02.2011
In the southern desert of Jordan, the ancient Nabateans carved their city, Petra, out of the red-rose rock. Later the caves were home to tribes of Bedouin. And to a young backpacker from New Zealand who fell in love with a Bedouin man. Marguerite van Geldermalsen met Mohammad in the late-Seventies...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Mar.11.2010
As I trundle around the Levant researching my Palestinian crime novels, I love to come upon a stinking squatting-toilet, its evacuation hole bubbling with dark, sinister turds and the air strong with the scent of barely digested, unhygienically prepared lamb kebab. I adore such a khazi on sight,...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Feb.22.2010
The Independent has a regular feature in which it asks authors to write about a book which changed their lives somehow. Last week the London newspaper asked me to write the piece. Here it is: In early 1999, King Hussein fell sick on his return from treatment for cancer in the US. I was the Middle...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
Sep.20.2009
Today is the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim countries where the new moon has been sighted, marking the beginning of the lunar month of Shawwal and the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Last year I blogged about how the holiday is...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
Sep.03.2009
In some countries, women are killed for not being virgins.  In a May 2005 paper entitled, "The Economic Advancement of Women in Jordan:  A Country Gender Assessment," the World Bank reported that 95% of the women killed in Jordan in 1997 for alleged violations of family honor were later...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
Aug.22.2009
Just want to say a quick but heartfelt, "Ramadan kareem!" to my Muslim readers.  For those who may not be familiar with this pillar of Islam, my blog of last year offers a brief explanation.  It's the first day of Ramadan in Jordan and, since the holy month commences in accordance with...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
Aug.17.2009
Yesterday my friend Inca and I spent some time together running errands.  We were chatting about this and that when she turned to me and asked, "So what did you make of Hillary's response to that Congolese student?" (See also this article if you missed the news story.)  "...