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    A friendly, helpful, and sometimes humorous conversation that demystifies Arab, Arab-American, and Muslim cultures.

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    Ali Ferzat is the dean of Arab political cartoonists. His caricatures do not spare wealth, influence, or power. They give hope to the disenfranchised, the poor, and the hungry. Ferzat is an authentic Arab voice who nevertheless does not hesitate to buck the tide of majority oopinion. Ferzat's work is a ringing cry for justice that cuts across all cultures.
    Ferzat is head of the Arab Cartoonists' Union and has received the distinguished Prince Claus award (Holland).

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    Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad was an outspoken opponent of the US and Israel. In March 2001 when Arab Spring came to Syria, Bashar reasoned that his support among Syrians was deep and wide because, as he told the Wall Street Journal a few weeks earlier, he was "closely linked to the beliefs of the people." He was dead wrong.

    In Syria - A Decade of Lost Chances, author Carsten Wieland lays bare the web of influence, alliance, power, and ethnic presence that the new president promised to turn into a functioning democracy. He failed, clearly. And now the question is asked, Was he sincere in the first instance? Or, was he - from the beginning - a happy face for a regime that never had any intention of conceding power?

     

    "'Syria: A Decade of Lost Chances' is essential for lay readers as well as scholars who seek to connect the dots of news reports, blog entries and Youtube videos."

    - The Huffington Post

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    Putting It All Together reviews The Design Code Process ®, an idea-generating system developed by northwest artist and educator, Fred Griffin. Griffin's approach makes it possible for professional graphic designers and illustrators - as well as students and lay artists - to turn out fresh ideas and great designs on deadline.

    This book is for two types of readers: those with an understanding of design and experience in the field—and those with interest and entry level skills who have never studied design. For experienced artists and designers, this book is a tool to lift oneself out of a creative dry spell. For those who are new to thinking to design, it also serves as a primer in the basics of composition. For either type of reader, these are books that you can return to again and again for inspiration and practical guidance.

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    Tossing Around Ideas develops a creative process based on The Design Code Process ®, an idea-generating system developed by Northwest artist and educator, Fred Griffin. Griffin's approach makes it possible for professional graphic designers and illustrators - as well as students and lay artists - to turn out fresh ideas and great designs on deadline.

    The first book in the series (Learning First in Black & White) introduces The Design Code and the last book in the series (Putting It All Together) provides a review plus exercises, tips, and techniques that make it possible to consistently produce excellent graphic designs.

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    Abu al-Abbas was one of Yasser Arafat’s top generals. His name is forever linked to an operation in 1985 that sparked an international crisis: the hijacking of an Italian cruise liner named the Achille Lauro and the death of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly American tourist. This memoir by the wife of Abu al-Abbas recalls an era of Palestinian resistance, the hard realities of a cause that faced impossible odds, and the irony that the death of a single man should outweigh all arguments of right and wrong.

    "Abu al-Abbas told his wife . . . that his intention was “to carry out an honorable operation against the Israeli Army . . . . I wanted them to reach Ashdod: not to fight the passengers on board [the Achille Lauro].”

    [Abu al-Abbas] was to be haunted by the crime for the rest of his life. And when he died mysteriously in US custody in a Baghdad prison camp after America’s 2003 invasion, all the world remembered of Al-Abbas was a crippled man called Leon Klinghoffer. No-one cared how an apparently healthy man would die in American hands."
    —Robert Fisk, The Independent

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    The book consists of rapier-like literary thrusts into the lives of General George Armstrong Custer, Thomas Andrews (the builder of the Titanic), and Edward Grey (British Foreign Secretary before World War I). However spectacular their failures, it's generally agreed that these men (or, in the case of Edward Grey, the men around them) could have avoided disaster except for arrogance - a flaw that has long characterized the imperial ambition of leaders from both countries.

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    Professor Tom Gage portrays eight modern educators and links their ideas to those of Fethullah Gülen, a highly influential educator who draws on Islamic traditions.

    — Muhammed Cetin, PhD

    This sweeping work reminds us of the achievements of the West’s great educational thinkers and connects them to Gülen’s ideas and accomplishments that have arisen in the east and have spread throughout the world.

    — Dr Paul M. Rogers

    George Mason University

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    Learning First in Black and White introduces The Design Code Process ®, an idea-generating system developed by Northwest artist and educator, Fred Griffin. Griffin's approach makes it possible for professional graphic designers and illustrators - as well as students and lay artists - to turn out fresh ideas and great designs on deadline.

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    Preservation of minority groups. Religious tolerance. Governance of ethnically diverse societies. In the Ottoman Empire Muslims and members of many different faiths lived alongide one another in peace. The Ottoman example debunks the current stereotype of Islamic intolerance and offers a framework for a peace.

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    The Stage Warriors are women from around the world who use theater to talk about war, politics, crime, abuse, and violence in nations where these subjects are taboo. The interviews in this book explain why these women launch drama onto troubled waters, who they help, and the importance of their work.

    Beyond the boundaries of poverty, religion, and intolerance these women use theater to broaden citizen participation, bring focus and energy, and reshape national identity. Through the shows and workshops they create, the Warriors are finding ways to help the disenfranchised exert power in education, politics, the economy, and the home.

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    The modern Middle East often seems like a web of problems none of which has proven more intractable over the last half century than the Israeli-Arab conflict. One of the core issues is the Israeli claim to ownership of modern-day real estate based on ancient stories that have been enshrined in scripture, promoted by politicians, and buttressed by Hollywood.

    In Biblical Time Out of Mind, two revisionist thinkers expose what they argue are the tenuous underpinnings of these claims. Was the Exodus of scripture actually a Hebrew exodus? Was the Moses depicted by Charlton Heston actually a Hebrew leader? Or were they echoes of a much earlier exodus of Hyksos, the invasive people to first conquer and reign over Egyptians?

    The authors argue that neither Moses nor the Hebrews were in Egypt until around 1000 BCE--500 years after the earlier Exodus is known to have taken place. They go on to sift through research of an Hyksos evacuation of Egypt led by an Eastern leader who is far different than the Moses with whom we are familiar.

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    Elizabeth Jenkins, 17, raised on a Congo mission station, is under intense pressure to marry the station doctor, twenty years her senior. Hours before the wedding, Elizabeth flees. She runs toward the wider world beyond the station. She reaches Nairobi, a place of danger for a single woman without a protecting clan. Can she survive?

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    This work of narrative nonfiction traces Patience Gromes, an African-American woman whose grandfather escaped from slavery, and others of her generation in the century from the Civil War to the War on Poverty.

    After the Civil War, Patience Gromes and other striving African-Americans of her generation left the country and came to the city. They married, took jobs, purchased houses, raised families. They pursued the program of hard work and thrift that their parents and grandparents had perfected in the country after the Civil War. Patience Gromes and her peers brought the project that three generations of African-Americans had been pursuing to a triumphant conclusion in the Civil Rights Movement.

     

    Then came a complex new world that rewarded a person's ability to wheel and deal in the city world, a world that rewarded bootleggers and gamblers and those who knew how to maneuver in a realm dominated by whites. Those who merely knew how to work, save, rear their children, build churches, schools, social clubs - those who merely knew how to lead good lives found themselves cut adrift. In this new modern world, Patience Gromes could scarcely survive.

    "Without seeming to try, The World of Patience Gromes contributes as much to our understanding of the modern black inner-city a any book written in this decade."
                - The Wall Street Journal

    "Scott C. Davis is a gifted writer."
                - Horton Foote

    *** Winner of the Washington State Governor's Award.

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    Forty-two testimonies of Palestinians from the Jenin refugee camp who survived the Israeli army invasion in April 2002.

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    A true backstage story! A playwright's view of the world, from the floor to the rafters. Featuring cameos by Groucho Marx, Dustin Hoffman, mom, dad, Goldie Hawn's psychic, and the Jews of Atlanta.

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    An American traveling alone meets smugglers, mystics, revolutionaries, Bedouins, wise men, secret police - and other ordinary Syrians.

    "These are terrible times. Politicians posture for the public, while armies lacerate silent victims - those speechless men and women whom Franz Fanon called the 'damned of the earth.'

    With great humility the author of The Road from Damascus restores the voices of these forgotten sufferers. He does so simply because their voices speak the truth. The truth can also be found in the words of Scott C. Davis."
                     - Le Renouveau, Tunis

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    From MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE, an independent report on the Horace Mann Sex Scandal and on Sex Abuse in Private Schools in general:

    "One headmaster [at Horace Mann High School] said there were no records of known reports [of teachers molesting students], not seeming to grasp that the lack of written reports is itself an indictment, since we know that students complained to school authorities. In other words, the administrators who should have recorded all complaints instead dismissed them. 'There are no documents that an investigation would turn up,' [we were told]. Knowledge and awareness, however, are not so easily lost, along with the obligation to act and speak out."

    Now that the scope of abuse has been revealed to include 62 victims of 22 abusers over decades, it’s beyond incredible that Horace Mann would have no record of the largest concentration of child sexual abuse ever in one school -- particularly one of the most prestigious private prep schools in America. Concerned alumni who gathered to understand what happened have learned as well of more than 25 reports of abuse the school received and buried over thirty years.

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    Syria is a pivotal Middle Eastern country that is largely unknown and misunderstood in the West. This book provides insight and understanding through the lives of leading Syrians over the last century.

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    Africa in the 1960s: colonial powers had withdrawn and yet many Europeans chose to stay. Short stories about expats who encounter Africa in a personal and sometimes intimate way.
    A white girl disappears in the Congo jungle. A Belgian planter escapes his past. An African king bests an award-winning American journalist in a contest of will. Author Frederic Hunter developed these stories from his experience as a State Department official and a journalist in Africa in the 1960s.

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