The Dance of Death in Syria-- some dying and others fighting to live
Published October 14th, 2012 - 13:00 GMT
A dance of death is occurring in Syria with the Assad regime to soon be extinct and the rebels fighting for their lives; an in-depth look at what makes Salafi politics tick; Lebanese food to be featured in Portland; and the books of Max Brooks.
To understand the political behavior of Salafis today, keep four things in mind:
their religious beliefs do not predict their political behavior; they are a minority in almost every Middle Eastern country; the countries where they are a majority are incredibly wealthy; and their appeal and power arises from their commitment to an ultraconservative creed that is out of step with the mainstream.
Alice's Kitchen will be at Portland's Wordstock Book Festival this weekend!
If you're in portland this weekend, please come by the convention center for a great book festival, wordstock, and visit me at booth #815.
i will be there signing copies of alice's kitchen: traditional lebanese cooking and The Sweets of Araby, a book for which i illustrated and designed the cover, as well as doing interior illustrations, published last year by Countryman Press, and named a NY Times Notable book for 2011