The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You A Happy Birthday

The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You A Happy Birthday

Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

Book - 2009
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Since his boyhood in Qadhafi's Libya, Neil MacFarquhar has developed a counterintuitive sense that the Middle East, despite all the bloodshed in its recent history, is a place of warmth, humanity, and generous eccentricity.

In this book, he introduces a cross-section of unsung, dynamic men and women pioneering political and social change. There is the Kuwaiti sex therapist in a leather suit with matching red headscarf, and the Syrian engineer advocating a less political interpretation of the Koran. MacFarquhar interacts with Arabs and Iranians in their every day lives, removed from the violence we see constantly, yet wrestling with the region's future. These are people who realize their region is out of step with the world and are determined to do something about it--on their own terms.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586486358
Branch Call Number: 956.0409 MAC
Characteristics: xi, 387 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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boonerator Apr 01, 2012

Very worth reading for the portraits of ordinary Arab citizens who are just fed up with pretty much everybody. His idea on public policy towards the region: "Support the normal family guy" is a very valid one but it doesn't sell weapons systems.

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mackiecat
Feb 10, 2011

Did you know that every Middle East country has a secret police - the Muhabarat - a behind-the-scenes enforcer supporting the rulers and operating outside the stated structure of each country. The tall blond author grew up in the Middle East, and has unwittingly gone afoul of different secret police units in various countries as he travels. Since he speaks fluent Arabic, he ends up speaking w his jailers, and sometimes the heads of Muhabarats in various countries. What results is a revelation of the contrast between official and off-the-record government institutions ruling the Middle East. Extremely interesting, especially with recent revolution attempts. The author has been interviewed by news agencies about his take on the demonstrations. Very interesting and readable.

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