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matt-beynon-rees's picture
Apr.15.2011
Some people are always expecting or hoping for a war. They’re even working towards that end. When you live in the Middle East, you come to such a realization eventually.Most people are like me, however. The wars sneak up on them. They notice the signs, then they bury them because they think they’re...
SFKaufman's picture
Dec.23.2010
  The current situation in Seattle is fraught with the difficulty of dealing with political correctness rather than the harmony needed to govern its constituents based on the controversy of placing inflammatory anti-semitic advertisements in the guise of anti-Israel on the sides of municipal buses...
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Sep.26.2010
I have a new book coming out in the UK next spring. So it’s time to start looking around to see what new web gadgets and gismos authors are expected to shell out for from their meager advances to keep their “web profile” current.It’s a new arms race. Just as the Soviets bankrupted their (morally...
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Sep.09.2010
The “Golden Age” of the detective story was the 1920s and 1930s. It was a turbulent period. In Britain, the General Strike. In the U.S., the Depression. Civil war in Spain, and in Germany the rise of the Nazis. Red scares everywhere, fascists too.But the detective story was a solace to those who...
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Aug.04.2010
I’m in between drafts of a novel, so I thought I’d look for something to clear my head. Inspired by a BBC broadcast last week in honor of the 80th birthday of Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, I’ve been working on a musical version of my Palestinian crime novels. (Only in the shower...
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Jul.23.2010
JERUSALEM — Palestinian negotiators said again this week they’d refuse to re-enter direct peace talks with Israel unless the current partial freeze on construction in Israeli settlements is extended when its term runs out in September.But as a report released this week by the Israeli human-rights...
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Jul.16.2010
World Cup fans, don’t fear hours of emptiness. Take up a work by an international crime fiction author. It’s the perfect replacement for your lost fix – and it’s a lot better for your soul, too.Here’s why. As the World Cup unfolded over the last month, newspapers all over the globe were filled with...
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Jun.06.2010
Writer’s block has nothing to do with writing.That might seem obvious. When a writer wants to write, but can’t get anything out, he’s blocked. Not writing. Blocked.But it isn’t the writing that causes the block. Neither is it some psychological problem or an inability to conjure up the Muse of...
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May.27.2010
Malcolm Muggeridge (an old English literateur) once said that George Orwell “was no good as a novelist, because he didn’t have the interest in character.” Well, I didn’t need to tell you who George Orwell was, so you may doubt the judgment of the largely forgotten Muggeridge. But I think he was...
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Mar.16.2010
I was tucking into a slice of qanafi at my favorite vendor in the Nablus casbah yesterday when a gang of Palestinian reporters and officials intruded on my guilty pleasure. This was at Aqsa Sweets, which readers of THE SAMARITAN'S SECRET will know as the place favored by the hero of my Palestinian...