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Jun.01.2009
Several days after the Iraqi banker training commenced, a fourth member of the American training team arrived.  His name is Bob Willett, and he was delayed by a hurricane bearing down on his Florida home.  His arrival breathed fresh life into the affair, for by then the other two men and I realized...
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Jun.01.2009
It’s great to hear good news. It’s even better to hear it when you’ve just arrived in Paris. Everything sounds better when you hear it in Paris. Last week I had a few days in the French capital courtesy of my publisher Albin Michel, which brought me over for the release of my third Palestinian...
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May.28.2009
In the autumn of 2004, I was invited along with three other American subject-matter experts to travel to Jordan for a couple weeks to train Iraqi bankers at the Amman Marriott.  We'd bombed Iraq 18 months earlier.  The situation in Baghdad was grave.  And so the sages at USAID (U.S. Agency for...
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May.28.2009
Toronto Star Mideast correspondent Oakland Ross writes about my path to happiness -- via the less than happy occurrences of the region. It's a different, more personal kind of profile than the sort of thing journalists usually write, which is perhaps due to the novelist's sensibility Oakland brings...
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May.24.2009
The opacity of oppressive regimes obscures truth and harsh realities.  But last month a video implicating Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the President of the United Arab Emirates, in the torture of an Afghani grain dealer was smuggled out of the country by a Houston businessman. ...
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May.18.2009
America, the National Catholic weekly, includes a great review of The Samaritan's Secret, the third of my Palestinian crime novels, this week. "Rees masterfully concocts another claustrophobic tale from the occupied territories that takes us deep into the Palestinian experience even as it...
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May.17.2009
Tomorrow's Netanyahu-Obama summit has Iran, Gaza, and settlements on the agenda, but the Israeli leader will bring a new tactic learned from an old nemesis. On The Daily Beast today, my take on how Bibi will "pull an Arafat."
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May.15.2009
Pope's visit satisfies fewAnalysis: After a five-day visit to the Holy Land, the Pope may be wondering why he came. By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPostJERUSALEM — As the Pope’s special El Al flight departed Tel Aviv for Rome Friday at the end of his five-day visit to the Holy Land, he might have...
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May.11.2009
My irreverent take on the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land features prominently on The Daily Beast today. Maybe people always say their take is "irreverent," but in the case of a story about the Pope I feel justified in using it...
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May.07.2009
Last week, while I was traveling and incommunicado, John Coyne and Lawrence (Lorenzo) F. Lihosit of Peace Corps Writers published a nice Q&A with me.  All thanks to fellow Red Roomer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Schmicker for playing the role of matchmaker. I served in the Peace...