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Apr.25.2010
A New York Times correspondent teams up with a Belfast professor to write the story of Islamism among the Palestinians.JERUSALEM — Stephen Farrell was sipping coffee with his money changer on Salah ud-Din, East Jerusalem’s main commercial street, four years ago, when Beverley Milton-Edwards entered...
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Apr.16.2010
I can’t believe the extent of the corruption being uncovered in Israel’s government. My predecessor as Prime Minister drifted home from vacation yesterday – without any envelopes stuffed with cash, as far as we know -- and made a mopey statement about yet another investigation into bribery and...
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Apr.16.2010
If there’s one thing that authoring a series of novels will teach you, it’s that you can’t wait for inspiration. But you can prompt it, give it little electric shocks that’ll keep it bubbling within you. Here are a few methods I use to do that. I go to the places I’m writing about. I talk to people...
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Apr.11.2010
JERUSALEM — The heads of all the crime families in New York used to get together every Wednesday night at the Ravenite Social Club on Mulberry Street in Little Italy. If you were looking for an Israeli parallel, you could do worse than the gym I work out at. The Cybex Club at the David’s Citadel...
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Apr.06.2010
JERUSALEM — There’s an old Arab aphorism: “A man with a plan takes action; a man with two plans gets confused.” Apply that to the Israelis and to the Palestinians, and the nonsensical sequence of recent events in the Middle East starts to fall into a comprehensible pattern. It’s not a pleasant...
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Apr.02.2010
Since 9/11, journalists and writers have tried to understand the extremists committed to the destruction of the West and, often, that of their own societies in the Middle East. Writers have mostly done this by “going inside” the world of those extremists, giving us the inner life of suicide bombers...
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Mar.31.2010
Creating ELI - the novel ELI means ‘My God' and is taking from the Holy Bible in the words ‘ELI, ELI lama sabathani'. ELI is a spiritual book and the second in a trilogy that begun with the book Divinity Dawns. It is partly an autobiography with the names of the characters in the book altered. It...
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Mar.25.2010
When you live in a foreign place, it can become home. Until eventually you forget quite how foreign it is. Then you go to another foreign country, only to discover that it doesn’t seem so foreign. And you realize that the place you live actually IS extremely foreign. That’s what happened to me...
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Mar.23.2010
Here in the States, when someone mentions "UI," most of us think of Unemployment Insurance, but not former UK prime minister Tony Blair. Late last week came word of a major scandal from the UK Daily Mail. In the three years since he stepped down as prime minister, Blair pocketed more...
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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,...