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

eBook - 2009
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Since his boyhood in Qadhafi 's Libya, and later as a reporter for more than thirteen years in cities stretching from Tehran to Marrakesh, Neil MacFarquhar has developed a counterintuitive sense that the Middle East, despite all the bloodshed in its contemporary history, is a place of warmth, humanity, and generous eccentricity. In The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday MacFarquhar shares a lesser known side of the region, the story he always wanted to file. MacFarquhar shows the daily lives and attitudes of people frequently obscured behind the curtain of violence: the stories of chefs and sex therapists, bloggers and academics struggling to reform on their own terms.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786741533
9781586486358
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 387 p.) : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc
Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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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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